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The symbol shows the location of the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmitter which serves 1,870,000 homes. The bright green areas shown where the signal from this transmitter is strong, dark green areas are poorer signals. Those parts shown in yellow may have interference on the same frequency from other masts.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) mast?

Sutton Coldfield transmitter - Sutton Coldfield transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 06/12/2021 Possible Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick


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Which Freeview channels does the Sutton Coldfield transmitter broadcast?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C43 (650.0MHz)433mDTG-3200,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) West Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 18 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)433mDTG-3200,000W
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3 ITV (SD) (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C40+ (626.2MHz)433mDTG-6200,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C45 (666.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 91 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

LB
 H -13dB
C51 (714.0MHz)433mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 31st October 2014: 7 Big Centre TV,

com7
 H -3.5dB
C55 (746.0MHz)433mDTG-689,200W
Channel icons


DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Sutton Coldfield transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 15km south-southwest (200°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 15km south-southwest (201°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

Are there any self-help relays?

Burton (shobnall)Transposer1 km W Burton-on-Trent60 homes
CoalvilleTransposer18 km NW Leicester600 homes
SolihullTransposerLand Rover building400 homes

How will the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-137 Mar 2018
VHFB E TB E TB E TB E K TW T
C4BBCtvwaves
C33com7
C35com8
C36LOCAL2
C39+ArqBArqB
C40BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves+BBCBBBCB
C42SDNSDN
C43ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCABBCA
C45ArqAArqA
C46BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesD3+4D3+4
C48_local
C50tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4waves
C51tv_offLB
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 7 Sep 11 and 21 Sep 11.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 1000kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 200kW
com7(-10.5dB) 89.2kW
com8(-10.7dB) 86kW
LB(-20dB) 10kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-21dB) 8kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Sutton Coldfield transmitter area

Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision†
Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1981Associated TeleVision
Jan 1982-Feb 2004Central Independent Television
Feb 2004-Dec 2014ITV plc
Feb 1983-Dec 1992TV-am•
Jan 1993-Sep 2010GMTV•
Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only. Sutton Coldfield was not an original Channel 3 VHF 405-line mast: the historical information shown is the details of the company responsible for the transmitter when it began transmitting Channel 3.

Comments
Wednesday, 14 March 2018
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Philip
9:47 AM

We NEVER had any reception problems previously. Since the Freeview updates last week we can't view HD channels 106-115, Vintage 82, the new Freeview Channels and others maybe. Not only here, but also my Mum's and Sister's and neighbours all at different addresses covered by the Sutton Coldfield transmitter. I've exhausted all the retune options several times over. Usually pull in 147 channels, very occasional 155 or 173 channels... across nine TV sets we've tried without success.Signal strength between 95 and 100% on all other channels with 100% quality. If the above channels do actually pull into the guide, the screen is either blank or pixelated. I rang Freeview and emailed twice... NO RESPONSE... they indicate 'no service issues' yet it seems many people are having same problem without them taking any notice? What's happening?

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Philip
9:51 AM
Birmingham

Whoops I forgot to add postcode of B92 0DT x 2 = 1 aerial on roof, 1 aerial in loft and B37 7DE aerial in loft and to stress no issue prior to last week's retuning..

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Keith Cunliffe
7:25 PM

I like the above comment re:- adverts, but I go one better, (but I have time on my hands) is to record on a hard drive ALL ITV and those on the digital channels which carry adverts, and then spend a little time editing out the adverts, so you have a complete programme,..
Eg. I am watching a rerun of the bill on earlier in the day I set the recorder on a series link to record each day, I then edit in the afternoon, and the missus and me watch it later, an hours programme actually edits to 44minutes., No edverts,..!

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Keith Cunliffe
7:31 PM

Returned on 7:03:18 all channels exactly where they should be, no problems whatsoever post code DY148UF only the local channel 48 is slightly low , strength 7 , quality 8 , all others 10/10 inc 55/56 HD channels All from Sutton Coldfield Transmitter. From our bedroom =. Line of sight, can see lights up the mast on a clear night

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Keith Cunliffe's 6 posts GB
Thursday, 15 March 2018
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MikeB
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10:42 AM

Keith Cunliffe : Or you could just fast forward through the adverts, often in 30sec or 1min steps. Its much quicker.

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Friday, 16 March 2018
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Lesley
12:17 PM

Some boxes have a skip button that you can set to specific time, 4 minute interval works great for main channels.

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Lesley's 6 posts GB
Tuesday, 20 March 2018
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Dave Woods
10:00 PM
Oldbury

What has happened to freesports channel B69 1EL area

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018
MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

12:13 PM

Dave Woods:

Freesports is on Logical Channel Number 95. It is being broadcast from Sutton Coldfield on the COM8 multiplex found on Channel 35 (586.00 MHz) and that requires a device that is fitted with a DVB-T2 tuner (a Full HD Freeview device, either TV or PVR).

Check that you can get the COM8 and that you have a DVB-T2 device.



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StevensOnln1
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

3:30 PM

MikeP: COM8 moved to UHF channel 56 at Sutton Coldfield on 7th March.

Dave Woods: Have you tried retuning since the frequency change on 7th March?

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Daniel
10:09 PM

Has anyone had problems with the talk sport channel on 723? Currently using a BT YouView box and for well over a month the channel seems dead. No splash logo and no sound. If I pause the live channel and press play, the sound comes back. If I change channel or turn the box off, then sound is gone again. I've tried retuning and factory resetting the box. Our second box in the bed room is also having the same issue.

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