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The symbol shows the location of the Bretch Hill (Oxfordshire, England) transmitter which serves 7,600 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 Bretch Hill (Oxfordshire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Bretch Hill 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
 V max
C29 (538.0MHz)196mDTG-87W
Channel icons
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, plus 19 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C31 (554.0MHz)196mDTG-87W
Channel icons
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, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C37 (602.0MHz)196mDTG-87W
Channel icons
46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD West Midlands, 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, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?

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The Bretch Hill (Oxfordshire, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Al Jazeera English, Blaze, Blaze +1, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, YAAAS!, Film4 +1, Food Network, GREAT! action, GREAT! movies, GREAT! romance mix, GREAT! romance, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky Mix, Sky News, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's 90s, That's TV 2, Together TV, TRUE CRIME, TRUE CRIME XTRA, W, Yesterday +1.

If you want to watch these channels, your aerial must point to one of the 80 Full service Freeview transmitters. For more information see the will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? page.

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Bretch Hill transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 60km northwest (322°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 60km northwest (322°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

How will the Bretch Hill (Oxfordshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-137 Mar 2018
C/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TA K T
C29BBCA
C31D3+4
C37BBCB
C48BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesD3+4
C52tv_offBBCB
C55tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves
C56tv_offBBCA
C65BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves
C67C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

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, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 87W

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. Bretch Hill 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 August 2023
Transmitter engineering
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11:19 AM

BRETCH HILL transmitter - Freeview: Weather conditions may be affecting your reception from 24 Aug 07:54 until 24 Aug 07:57. . [BBC]

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Tuesday, 5 September 2023
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5:09 AM

BRETCH HILL transmitter - Freeview: Weather conditions may be affecting your reception from 5 Sep 04:00. . [BBC]

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BRETCH HILL transmitter - Freeview: Weather conditions may be affecting your reception from 5 Sep 04:00 until 5 Sep 04:03. . [BBC]

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Wednesday, 6 September 2023
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BRETCH HILL transmitter - Freeview: Weather conditions may be affecting your reception from 6 Sep 03:10. Weather conditions may be affecting your reception from 5 Sep 04:00 until 5 Sep 04:03. . [BBC]

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BRETCH HILL transmitter - Freeview: Weather conditions may be affecting your reception from 6 Sep 03:10 until 6 Sep 04:52. Weather conditions may be affecting your reception from 5 Sep 04:00 until 5 Sep 04:03. . [BBC]

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Sunday, 10 September 2023
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BRETCH HILL transmitter - Freeview: Weather conditions may be affecting your reception from 6 Sep 03:10 until 6 Sep 04:52. . [BBC]

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Tuesday, 10 October 2023
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craig
9:03 PM
Banbury

at ox16 0fj we have intermittent poor reception. today I have retuned and this has improved the situation for now. I don't understand why retuning shold have an effect when the channels haven't moved!

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10:13 PM

craig:

You are correct in that retuning shouldn't make any difference ....... unless ......... you weren't correctly tuned before doing so or you've now tuned to unusually strong signals.
IF you are correct;y tuned, it's never advised to retune if you have no signal or badly pixellated pictures, as this often just clears the correct tuning.
Check in your TV tuning section which UHF channels you are tuned to for each of the multiplexes.

Now being correctly tuned depends on which transmitter your aerial is pointing at. Even so, aerials have what are called "side-lobes" and can pick up signals from other directions/hence transmitters in some conditions (typically the sort of conditions we have at present!). You might readily get signals from 3 other transmitters.

Which way (rough compass bearing} is your aerial pointing and are the rods (or squashed Xs) vertical or horizontal?
If it's pointing at Bretch Hill it should be pointing at compass bearing 243 degrees - that's roughly WSW with its rods vertical.
It may be pointing at the Oxford transmitter compass bearing 159 degrees ~SSE with the rods horizontal.

Do you normally get TV Channels like Sky Arts (LCN11), Quest (LCN12) & Drama (LCN20)?
Those will not come from the Betch Hill transmitter.

Also, reception in many areas is being disrupted by current weather conditions -

They have been causing Tropospheric Ducting affecting much of the south coast and southern parts of the country on Saturday and extending into the Midlands and North of the country through Sunday including East Anglia, now currently affecting Wales and England. These conditions have been unusually quite extreme on occasion recently.
This causes interfering signals from distant transmitters in Europe or the UK to affect reception of your wanted signals. This can periodically last, seconds, minutes and sometimes much longer - Do NOT Retune.
There is nothing you can do about this apart from wait for conditions to change, or use online streaming if available.

IF you did retune, you'd be best manually retuning the UHF channels for your transmitter, as detailed in the top section of the relevant transmitter page.

The BBC and Freeview have issued warnings -
High pressure weather conditions impacting TV & Radio services - from 07 October | Help receiving TV and radio
High pressure could affect reception across parts of the UK this week | Freeview


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