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The symbol shows the location of the Brierley Hill (Dudley, England) transmitter which serves 83,000 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 Brierley Hill (Dudley, England) mast?

Brierley Hill transmitter - Brierley Hill transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 21/06/2021 Possible Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick


Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name
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Which Freeview channels does the Brierley 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
C32- (561.8MHz)179mDTG-32,000W
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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

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C34+ (578.2MHz)179mDTG-32,000W
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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, 25 ITV4, 29 E4 +1, 34 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C35 (586.0MHz)179mDTG-62,000W
Channel icons
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

COM4
SDN
 V max
C29 (538.0MHz)179mDTG-82,000W
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 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 28 ITV2 +1, 31 5STAR, 32 Paramount Network, 41 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 55 5SELECT, 57 ITVBe +1, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 73 Drama +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 V max
C31- (553.8MHz)179mDTG-82,000W
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11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 30 4Music, 35 pick, 39 Quest Red, 42 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 56 Smithsonian Channel, 69 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 82 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 V max
C37 (602.0MHz)179mDTG-82,000W
Channel icons
23 Dave ja vu, 26 Yesterday, 33 GREAT! movies, 38 DMAX, 40 CBS Justice, 43 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

LB
 V -10dB
C29 (538.0MHz)179mDTG-12200W
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)

Are you trying to watch these 11 Freeview HD channels?

the effected channels

The Brierley Hill (Dudley, England) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, Quest HD, Forces TV, FreeSports, More4 +1, Now 70s, PBS America +1, Quest Red +1, RT HD.

If you want to watch these HD channels, either use Freesat HD, or move your TV aerial must point to one of the 30 Full Freeview HD transmitters. For more information see the want to know which transmitters will carry extra Freeview HD? page.

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

regional news image
BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 15km east (86°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 15km east (86°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

How will the Brierley Hill (Dudley, 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
C29LB
C31ArqA
C32BBCA
C33_local
C34D3+4
C35BBCB
C37ArqB
C50tv_offSDN
C53tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4wavesBBCB
C55tv_offArqB
C57tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves+D3+4
C59tv_off-ArqA
C60tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves-BBCA
C63BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 - 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 10kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 2kW
Mux 2*, Mux B*, LB(-17dB) 200W
Mux 1*, Mux A*, Mux C*(-20dB) 100W
Mux D*(-21dB) 80W

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. Brierley 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
Saturday, 12 September 2020
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Paul
8:05 PM

We use the Brierley Hill transmitter we receive some programmes on CH 33 e.g. Ideal Extra but this is not listed on this page - is this correct?

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Sunday, 13 September 2020
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Chris.SE
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4:21 AM

Paul:

I'm afraid some details on these pages aren't up-to-date. For what should be an up-to-date list of which channels are on which multiplex, see Channel listings | Freeview

Brierley Hill's UHF channels are C32, C34, C35, C29, C31, C37, C33 in the order PSBs1-3, COMs4-6, Local.

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Monday, 14 September 2020
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Paul
8:00 PM

Chris.SE: Many thanks, that makes much more sense now

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Saturday, 13 February 2021
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Paul
1:00 PM

I am on the Brierley Hill transmitter an have lost all HD channels is there a problem does anyone know please?

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Chris.SE
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5:59 PM

Paul:

Brierley Hill is a relay of Sutton Coldfield which is currently listed for Planned Engineering, so that may have something to do with it. I can't see any reports of problems otherwise, is PSB3 still off-air?

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Sunday, 14 February 2021
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Paul Robinson
12:59 PM

Chris.SE: Thanks Chris, all non HD channels are absolutely fine its just the HD ones that aren't working

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Paul Robinson
1:29 PM

Paul Robinson: sorry forgot to ask is there any date for completion? As I cant find any info on it?

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Chris.SE
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3:12 PM

Paul Robinson:

Unfortunately neither Freeview nor Arqiva provide that level of information. Sometimes trying to get any information is like getting blood from a stone!
That said, it shouldn't be off-air for this long! The Brierley Hill PSBs operate as a Single Frequency Network (SFN) with the Kidderminster Light Relay, it's possible something has gone wrong and that hasn't been spotted yet.

But first, if you retuned (or your set auto-retuned - turn hat function off, it's more trouble than it's worth) when there was no signal, it usually just clears the correct tuning. Try a manual tune on UHF Channel C35 which is the one for the BBCB HD/PSB3 multiplex at Brierley Hill.

If that hasn't restored the signal, try calling BBC Engineering 03700 100123. It may well just offer the possibility of leaving a message (it may even say only if you are in a vulnerable group, but ignore that, just leave a message). It won't get an immediate response but if that gets nowhere try the BBC general number 03700 100 222.

Let us have an update on progress.
If tomorrow, there's still nothing, try phoning Freeview on 0808-100-0288 (option 3 IIRC but it may have changed) and complain that the transmitter is faulty (not ask them if there's a fault). If they try fobbing you off as no-one else has reported anything, insist they log it and request a log reference number. Good luck!

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Friday, 18 June 2021
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