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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.

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C29 (538.0MHz)196mDTG-387W
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1 BBC One (SD) West Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 18 others

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C31 (554.0MHz)196mDTG-387W
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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, 25 ITV4, 29 E4 +1, 34 ITV +1 (Central west),

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C37 (602.0MHz)196mDTG-687W
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72 Shopping Quarter , 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, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

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

Are you trying to watch these 50 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: 4Music, 4seven, 5SELECT, 5STAR, 5USA, Aljazeera English, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBeebies HD, CBS Drama, CBS Justice, CBS Reality, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, CITV, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, Film4 +1, Food Network, Forces TV, FreeSports HD, HGTV, Horror Channel, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Together TV +1, More4 +1, NOW 80s, Paramount Network, PBS America +1, pick, Quest +1, Quest Red, Quest Red +1, Really, RT HD, Sky Arts, Sky News, Smithsonian Channel, Sony Movies Action, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, Together TV, 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?

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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?

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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, 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.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Sunday, 25 September 2011
David Pinfold

7:56 PM

Jay Blanc - you may be right. Since Bretch hill started broadcasting freeview HD on C52 I have had problems picking up MUX B from Oxford. But another 3 days and when switchover at Oxford is complete there should be no more problems.

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David Pinfold's 42 posts GB
Monday, 26 September 2011
12:13 PM

My postcode is OX16 0EB and I was expecting to pick up BBC HD etc last week. I've retuned my TV (a Samsung with built in freeview HD) a couple of times but without result.

Should I receive the freeview HD channels after the switchover at Oxford or something else amiss?

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Chris's 1 post GB
Adam B

1:03 PM

Chris: As from this Wednesday (28/9/11) you should be able to receive HD channels once you have retuned - Don't know what time the relays start the service, but by the end of the day you should be OK.

Hope this helps,

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Adam B's 91 posts GB
David Pinfold

4:46 PM

Chris - Judging by your location you should be on the Bretch Hill Transmitter. If so until wednesday both Bretch Hill & oxford are using Channel 52 (MUX B & Freeview HD respectively). I now have problems receiving mux b in the Austin Drive area although the transmissions from bretch hill are not really focussed my way. Should be OK from Wednesday.

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David Pinfold's 42 posts GB
Friday, 14 October 2011
Transmitter engineering

10:45 PM

BRETCH HILL transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 10:39 on 11 Oct to 10:45 on 11 Oct HD Digital TV Off Air from 10:39 on 11 Oct to 10:45 on 11 Oct [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 134,087 posts xx
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
6:08 PM

Following the second stage switchover in September, I found my integrated TV could receive about eleven channels, with no issues.
However, over the past week or so there has been intermittent loss of ITV1/2, and all the C4/E4 and C5 channels. It is now so bad that for most of the time the TV displays a 'no signal' notice, in between occassional glimpses of 'broken' pictures.
The BBC channels are fine (at the moment !).

I think I receive off the Bretch Hill transmitter.
My aerial (fitted last year with new coax) is on the house gable end wall, above the line of the eaves.
Re-tuning the TV makes no difference.

Is anyone else experiencing similar intermittent signal loss in this area ?

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PeckettChap's 5 posts GB
Monday, 7 November 2011
8:35 PM

Briantist: I have checked out the suggestions on that link, but they do not seem to apply (my TV is only a year or so old; there are no duplicate channels; etc.), and I do not think the issue is too strong a signal.
Over the past few days I have tried to note the signal strength and quality of various channels, and this can be summarised thus:-
For all the BBC channels, sig.strength is around 60-70 (on a scale of 0-100), while quality is around 2 (on a scale of 0-10). However, for the ITV/C4/C5 channels, the respective figures vary quite a lot. Sig.strength is around 25-35, and quality fluctates from 3-5 to 6-10.
Do these differences relate to the BBC channels being off one transmitter 'mux'/aerial and the others off another ? If so, is there likely to be a significant height difference between the 'mux'/aerials on the tranmitter tower, and my TV aerial is better aligned to one rather than both ?
(Sorry for the amount of text here.)

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