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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.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmitter.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name
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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 1 (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 ITV1 +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 1 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
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 MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C45 (666.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
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 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 19 others

LB
 H -13dB
C48 (690.0MHz)433mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 31st October 2014: 7 Big Centre TV,

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;
green background for transmission frequencies
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
Thursday, 24 January 2019
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Philip Lee
6:19 PM
Sutton Coldfield

I have recently started to have problems receiving channel 44 (Five + 1). The problems are intermittent pixilation and some times a complete picture freeze. My post code is B73 6UE and I'm tuned to the Sutton Coldfield transmitter. Are you aware of any problems and can you tell me which multiplex channel 44 is on?

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Philip Lee's 1 post GB
Sunday, 27 January 2019
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Gordon
5:51 PM

Fred:

You are not the only one with this problem.
As far as I am aware the Sutton Coldfield M/plexs 40 / 55 /56 now transmit using T2 transmission technology and if you have an older model TV which only has the T1 tuner then you will be unable to receive the 31 or so channels now transmitted in T2 (mostly HD channels).
Also, if your aerial / antenna is of the old grouped C/D type it will probably not be able to receive these channnels either and you will need to replace it with a 'wideband' or a group 'E' aerial.

So, you may have a TV receiver problem, an aerial type problem, or both.


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Gordon's 1 post GB
Sunday, 17 February 2019
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ntscuser
4:01 PM

Sutton Coldfield has always been Group B so there's no reason why anyone would be using a Group C/D aerial.

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MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

9:29 PM

Ntcuser:

There are many changes in the pipleine and one is to move multiplexes down the frequency spectrum. In addition, there are two temporary multiplexes, COM 7 and COM8, which are broadcast on channels 55 and 56, so Sutton Coldfield is no longer only a Group B service. To get those viewers need the ability to receive those channels that are in the Group C/D range so they need a wideband aerial as a Groupd B is not able to get all the channles and neither is a Group C/D aerial. The best solution is a wideband type or a log-periodic that can get all the current channels as well as those planned for the next several years.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts PT
Tuesday, 9 April 2019
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Sean
2:22 PM

I know same both Sheffield and Birmingham problem Aerial TV Freeview Failed FreeSports Channel 64 been lost service center didn't work properly by Aerial both Television and Box last old Freeview Sony DVD Recorder nothing show like FreeSports Channel 64 is unavailable until further information please what's happening because my Freeview Sony DVD Recorder can fixed Aerial view missed one program. I don't understand cannot believed properly need important things live stream.

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Sean's 1 post GB
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StevensOnln1
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

4:21 PM

Sean : I'm struggling to understand your post, but I think you're having a problem receiving FreeSports on Freeview? Have you checked for any loose or damaged cables or connections behind your TV? Please provide a full postcode so that we can see which transmitters you're able to receive, where you are in relation to them and your predicted coverage etc.

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StevensOnln1's 3,403 posts GB
Friday, 3 May 2019
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David Smith
7:34 AM
Derby

Over the last few days I have been experiencing signal problems from the Sutton transmitter on both Sky News and Dave. The signal keeps breaking up. My postcode is DE65 6DW.

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StevensOnln1
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

9:08 AM

David Smith: Have you checked for any loose or damaged cables or connections behind your TV? You should be getting a strong signal at your postcode, so there is most likely a fault or some sort of interference at your end.

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StevensOnln1's 3,403 posts GB
Tuesday, 7 May 2019
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Joanne Ness
9:44 PM

Hi. I am struggling with C4, ITV and C5 signal. I have retuned x4 times but the picture is intermittent and shows the message weak or no signal. Please help!

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StevensOnln1
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:41 PM

Joanne Ness: Stop retuning, it will never fix a weak signal as you're just deleting your correctly tuned channels and searching for them again. Have you checked for any loose or damaged cables or connections behind your TV? Please provide a full postcode so that we can see which transmitter you're using and where you are in relation to it.

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