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The symbol shows the location of the Brighton (Central) (Brighton and Hove, England) transmitter which serves 9,900 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 Brighton (Central) (Brighton and Hove, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Brighton (Central) 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.

 H max
C41 (634.0MHz)82mDTG-20W
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1 BBC One (SD) South East, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 16 others

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C47 (682.0MHz)82mDTG-20W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Meridian (South Coast micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Meridian south coast),

 H max
C44 (658.0MHz)82mDTG-20W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD South East, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South 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 Brighton (Central) (Brighton and Hove, 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! christmas, GREAT! movies extra, GREAT! movies, 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 Christmas, 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 Brighton (Central) transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 44km northeast (38°)
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.9m homes 3.6%
from Whiteley PO15 7AD, 78km west (274°)
to ITV Meridian (South Coast) region - 39 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with all of Meridian plus Oxford

How will the Brighton (Central) (Brighton and Hove, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-1331 Dec 2018-

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 Mar 12 and 21 Mar 12.

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

Analogue 1-4 48W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-3.8dB) 20W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Whitehawk Hill transmitter area

Aug 1958-Jan 1992Southern Television
Jan 1982-Dec 1992Television South (TVS)
Jan 1993-Feb 2004Meridian
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. Brighton (Central) 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.

Monday, 12 March 2012

8:28 PM

Michael L Collins: If your VHS recorder is only that and not part of a combi then it will be an analogue only device whereby you will now only be able to record via its scart input socket and not through its internal tuner, this being because there wont be an analogue signal for it to receive.

That said taking it that you reside in an area that has now switched completely over to digital Freeview, such as the Brighton heading you have posted this under.

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Wednesday, 14 March 2012
george austen
11:22 AM

hi I have a cmbi vhs and dick recorder
I cant get bbc2 does that mean after switchover it wont work it is a panasonic
i have a freeview box as well
i recorded east enders on bb3 last night on the box
having retuned it again last night sound and picture very jerky. the aireal is on the roof

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1:32 PM

JIM: Could you receive any Freeview before switchover?

If your aerial is pointing at Brighton Central, then you will only receive BBC channels; the rest will come next Wednesday.

All the aerials I can see in your road on Google Streetview are on Brighton Central and it is on the top of Theobald House. Aerials should be horizontal for it.

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Dave Lindsay

1:37 PM

george austin: If your combi does not have Freeview built in (that is it is analogue only; previously you receive only the four or five channels), then it will need a separate Freeview box to work after switchover.

This creates its own issues when programming by timer. You would need to set the timer on combi and that on the Freeview box (or leave the Freeview box turned on).

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Dave Lindsay

1:52 PM

george austin: The poor picture you have on BBC channels could be as a result of your receiver tuning to a transmitter other than the one to which your aerial faces.

You have said that your aerial is on the roof, but have not said which transmitter or which direction it is pointing. I shall assume that it is directed at Whitehawk Hill as that is where all the aerials point in your road on Google Streetview.

For Whitehawk, aerials are vertical and it is located near to East Brighton Golf Club and East Brighton Park. You are near to the Brighton Central transmitter which is a "filler-in" for those that can't receive Whitehawk. There is also the possibility that you could be picking up the main Rowridge transmitter (Isle-of-Wight).

To find out which you have, go to the signal strength screen whilst on BBC One and it should tell you what UHF channel it is coming in on. If it's 24, then you are picking up Rowridge, if it's 41 then you are picking up Brighton Central and if it's 60, then it's Whitehawk.

If you are picking up Rowridge, then run the automatic tuning scan with the aerial unplugged up until 50%. If it's Brighton Central, then that's a bit more tricky. Try 50% and if you still have issues, post back and I will offer a further suggestion.

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Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Saturday, 31 March 2012
4:03 PM

my old antenna stopped working. do i need a new digital antenna?

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Sid's 1 post GB flag

6:28 PM

Sid: There is no such thing as a "Digital" antenna. This is a term used by traders to describe an antenna suitable for digital reception and may sometimes be deliberately used to hoodwink the unwary into replacing their old aerial when they do not need to do so. Usually the same aerial which gave good analogue reception will do likewise for the digital services, including HD, after switchover when connected to a suitable receiver. What makes you think your antenna has stopped working? Were you receiving digital services which now no longer work, or was your analogue receiver not fitted with a set top box for the switchover? Could you give more information about the TV and the area in which you wish to use it, possibly with a postcode? - so that predicted reception can be checked and further advice given.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Monday, 2 April 2012
Rob R
8:58 PM

Dear Dave,

We live on Wellington Road at the bottom of Elm Grove. We've retuned and get good reception for most channels (the BBCs and basic itvs and channel 4s but we don't seem to get film4 or 5us or anything like that. Can you help?

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