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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?

regional news image
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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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.

Sunday, 24 April 2011

10:09 PM

Malcolm Landon: I can't see that to be honest, the NIT clearly has to have the right information in it or Freeview boxes would not work.

Suggestion: software bug.

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Malcolm Landon
10:38 PM


I totally agree it's not the transmission that's wrong. It's got to be a bug in the software of the PVR, or even the driver for the Freeview card. But it's definitely happening. I only managed to resolve it because someone reported the same issue with a similar setup after the Mendip's transmitters switch over.

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Malcolm Landon's 4 posts GB flag
Monday, 25 April 2011

5:35 AM

Malcolm Landon: It can't see it being a bug in the driver.

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Wednesday, 27 April 2011
A Morgan
10:35 PM

Have a full HD tv. Signal in general is excellent on standard digital tv, we are receiving around 103 channels including radio.But no HD tv as yet.Are HD signala being transmitted at present from Bromsgrove? We are based on the North East edge of Kidderminster. Aerial is on the roof

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Thursday, 28 April 2011
Friday, 29 April 2011
frank allen
11:40 AM

Since switchover on 20/4 the channels on the Arqiva B multiplex are transmitting on frequency 578.165 mhz according to my Sony TV. The Arqiva B multi should transmit at 682.0 mhz from Bromsgrove. This is the only multi on less than full power. I have one multiplex (PSB2) which contains ITV and channels 4 and 5 etc. duplicated on channels 800 onwards. These are transmitting at 505.999 mhz and are unwanted signals from Ridge Hill. However I do not have duplicated channels for the Arqiver B mux. Which transmitter has my TV picked up the signals for mux ArqB from and is there anything I can do to get the correct frequencies?

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12:59 PM

frank allen: Mux ArqB does not transmit on 682.0MHz until 28th September 2011. This is because the frequency is used by Sutton Coldfield until switchover takes place.The frequency you currently have is temporary until switchover is completed.According to the Digital UK postcode checker you are not expected to receive the COM muxes from Bromsgrove before September, after which the reception is shown as variable. Ridge Hill offers a full service on all six muxes but requires the aerial to be set for horizontal polarisation.

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Saturday, 30 April 2011
mike fisher

2:42 PM

since the second part of the changeover I have various additional copies of ITV channels in the 300 range of numbers on one set, on two other sets they are in the 800 range and on the last there are no additional channels.
Before changeover all the sets could be heard in sync. Now if I am watching More4 on channel 14 on two sets they are out of sync but if I change one set with extra channels to More4 on channel 313 they are in sync.

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mike fisher

4:13 PM

on further investigation some sets are using UHF channel 23 and others UHF channel 25 for the ITV channels ,ITV1,CH4,CH5,ITV2,CH4+1,More4,E3,ITV1+1

It appears UHF channel 26 is duplicated out of sync with UHF channel 28.

I also get the ITV channels come up on UHF channel 41 and go into the digital 800 range of channels


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6:56 PM

mike fisher: The signals on C25 and C28 are from Ridge Hill.If possible do a manual tune on the set of frequencies you wish to store after first clearing the channel list by doing a factory reset. Note that if you wish to receive signals from Bromsgrove the aerial should be set for vertical polarisation. Ridge Hill, The Wrekin and Sutton Coldfield all use horizontal polarisation.

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