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The symbol shows the location of the Bromsgrove (Worcestershire, England) transmitter which serves 30,000 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 Bromsgrove (Worcestershire, England) mast?

Bromsgrove transmitter - Bromsgrove transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 04/12/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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Which Freeview channels does the Bromsgrove 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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C26 (514.0MHz)200mDTG-400W
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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, plus 19 others

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C23 (490.0MHz)200mDTG-400W
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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, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Central west),

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C30- (545.8MHz)200mDTG-400W
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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

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C33+ (570.2MHz)195mDTG-8400W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

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C36 (594.0MHz)198mDTG-8400W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's Christmas, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

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C48 (690.0MHz)198mDTG-8400W
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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 others

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

The Bromsgrove (Worcestershire, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: .

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 Bromsgrove transmitter?

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BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 18km northeast (41°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 18km northeast (40°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

How will the Bromsgrove (Worcestershire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

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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 6 Apr 11 and 20 Apr 11.

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

Analogue 1-4 2.8kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-8.5dB) 400W
Mux 1*, Mux D*(-17.5dB) 50W
Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*(-20.5dB) 25W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Bromsgrove 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. Bromsgrove 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.

Thursday, 5 April 2012
Tuesday, 8 May 2012
2:49 PM

We have started having problems over the last few weeks receiving all the digital channels whereas everything was fine before - any suggestions or anybody else experiencing the same thing? The problem is most definitely not the set as two identical tv's (Hannspree digital tv's about three years old) both exhibit the same symptoms. Rescanning the channels also does not help. We live in B61 in Catshill, Bromsgrove.

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Logomage's 5 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 9 May 2012
Mike Fisher

7:44 AM

Logomage: which transmitter is your aerial point at ?

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Mike Fisher's 35 posts GB flag
Thursday, 17 May 2012
11:39 PM

Well, as we're not far from it, I kinda assumed we would be pointed at the Bromsgrove transmitter? ........ the aerial is in the loft - as I said we were fine until a few weeks ago, which seems a bit odd.

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Friday, 18 May 2012
Mike Dimmick

1:52 PM

Logomage: If you've lost the channels on the SDN multiplex (e.g. ITV3) or on ArqA (e.g. Pick TV, Dave), it's probably down to the change of FEC mode. This change has increased the capacity but made it more difficult to receive these multiplexes.

The Forward Error Correction mode controls how much redundant data is transmitted to allow the receiver to detect and automatically correct errors. With less FEC data, fewer errors can be corrected.

You will always get better results with the aerial outside. Consider that as an option. If you really can't do that, see http://www.wrightsaerials….pdf .

Also, note that if you are using Bromsgrove (the aerial should be oriented with the elements running up-and-down, rather than side-to-side, and it should be pointing roughly south-west), the aerial group changed at switchover. The PSB multiplexes are still within Group A, which was all you needed for analogue and for digital before switchover, but the commercial multiplexes SDN, ArqA and ArqB are now in Group B. You should consider getting a Group K or wideband aerial if the old aerial was Group A.

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Mike Dimmick

1:55 PM

Logomage: Bromsgrove SDN and ArqA switched FEC mode on 1 May. Sutton Coldfield changed on 24 April. So far the new capacity isn't being used, but now that nearly 90% of the country has switched over, services might launch soon, though after the Olympics is now more likely.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
Saturday, 19 May 2012
8:39 PM

Thanks, Mike, that explains it exactly - it's the change of FEC mode. I wonder how many other people are affected?

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Logomage's 5 posts GB flag
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Monday, 17 September 2012
12:30 AM

Hi, I have recently lost all my HD channels. All other channels from bromsgrove are good, with strength 75 and quality 100. Just get 0 strength and quality on channel 30. I have a booster that gives a strength boost from about 40 to 75. I have checked all cables and tried without booster. Despite a reset and retune I still have had no joy. Last week it worked fine but now nothing! I can pick up a weaker HD signal on channel 40, which is from sutton coldfield I think, so I know box is ok. Any help would be much appreciated. Using a humax T2. Thanks

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Saturday, 10 November 2012
1:32 PM

since october I have been having been having pixalilation on my screen it appears to be weekdays from around 6.30 am till 8am and then around 5pm till 9/10 pm then weekends throughout the day. This suggests it's during out of working hours or school hours. I use freeview and it seems to affect my tv over the others in the hosue which are newer. I have always had a good sugnal and we have the correct ariel...could this be 4g. I also thought maybe someone has recently started on ham radio but I can't see any ariels that would suggest that. I have re run the set up several times but to no avail any help would be greatly appreciated as not being able to watch tv is geting rather frustraiting now thanks in advance

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Saturday, 12 January 2013
1:55 PM

I am in B61 0NN. We lost a few digital Freeview channels a little while ago due to changes in the Bromsgrove signal, but since the Xmas/New Year seem to have lost a substantial number of the rest. Have there been further changes and does anybody have any advice please? - Rescanning the frequencies has made no difference.

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