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The symbol shows the location of the Burnham on Crouch (Essex, England) transmitter. 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 Burnham on Crouch (Essex, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Burnham on Crouch 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
C21 (474.0MHz)43mDTG-500W
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1 BBC One (SD) 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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C24 (498.0MHz)43mDTG-500W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Anglia (East 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 (Anglia east),

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C27 (522.0MHz)43mDTG-500W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD 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 Burnham on Crouch (Essex, 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! movies, GREAT! romance, GREAT! romance mix, 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 TV 2, 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 Burnham on Crouch transmitter?

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BBC Look East (East) 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Norwich NR2 1BH, 116km north-northeast (14°)
to BBC East region - 27 masts.
70% of BBC East (East) and BBC East (West) is shared output
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ITV Anglia News 0.8m homes 3.2%
from NORWICH NR1 3JG, 116km north-northeast (14°)
to ITV Anglia (East) region - 26 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Anglia (West)

How will the Burnham on Crouch (Essex, 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 6 Jul 11 and 20 Jul 11.

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

BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 500W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Sudbury transmitter area

Oct 1959-Feb 2004Anglia 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. Burnham on Crouch 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.

Friday, 4 February 2011
fred johnson
3:31 PM

Burnham on Crouch (new) transmitter.
Confusion, is it July 2011 or 2012 that it starts transmitting ?

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4:06 PM

fred johnson: As above, Wednesday, 6th July 2011.

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Thursday, 7 July 2011
i king
2:00 PM

i live in rayleigh essex i am tuned into blue bell hill, when you retune does the tuning pick up the best transmitter.

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4:27 PM

I live in Burnham and have a Sudbury facing aerial for analogue up to now we have got Digital at about 30% from Dover (presumably off the back of the aerial). Since the BOC transmitter went live yesterday (BBC only) the signal has gone up to about 85% for the BBC channels , to my suprise though this is off the Sudbury transmitter (ch 44) the BOC transmitter (ch48) is only showing 75%. Now our aerial is admitadly sideways on to the BOC transmitter but at half mile range I wouldn`t expect this to be an issue. I also tried a portable digital aerial which was still completely useless. Is the Burnham Transmitter going to get stronger? I also can`t get reliable teletext on any BBC channel. It seems at the moment having a Dover facing aerial for Digital is a much better option? Dover has always been the strongest Analogue signal (its what my potables get)I just used Anglia out of preference.

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Mike Dimmick

11:22 PM

i king, Andrew: Your aerial is directional. It is designed to amplify the signals coming from directly in front of it, and reduce pick-up of transmissions coming from the side. The width of the area it picks up from - called the acceptance angle - depends on the design of the aerial, but generally larger aerials with more elements have a narrower acceptance angle.

If you want to use the Burnham-on-Crouch transmitter, you will usually get better results by pointing the aerial directly to it.

i king: it depends on the box. Some just store the first version found, some the strongest or best quality. Newer boxes will ask which region you want to store, if signals from more than one region are detected. Digital UK predict that you should get better results from Sudbury (plus the contribution from Rouncefall on the same channels) than from Bluebell Hill, so an aerial move might be worthwhile, but you might not get all multiplexes until next June when Bluebell Hill switches over. Still, they predict that you can't get all multiplexes now.

Andrew: Your box may be one that just tunes in the first version it finds. Dover Mux 1 is on a lower frequency (C45) than Sudbury Mux 1 was until yesterday (C49, now C44). Burnham-on-Crouch has started up at 100W and will eventually go up to 500W next June - you would also need to retune as it's currently using temporary channels.

Digital does not carry 'teletext' as such. The teletext button on your TV remote won't do anything. Press the red button on the set-top box remote to access BBC digital text, or the dedicated subtitles button to get subtitles.

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Wednesday, 20 July 2011
Tuesday, 2 August 2011
10:23 PM

Will I be able to get a better digital signal in Rochford from the new BOC transmitter? regards

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10:41 PM

Rob: Please provide a full (not partial) postcode (or preferably enter it in box at the top right) and indicate where if aerial is on the roof, in the loft or elsewhere.

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Wednesday, 25 January 2012
David Rayner
10:18 PM

I'm just over from Burnham in Southend Would I be able to pick up & receive Anglia from this new transmitter (we've been receiving variable quality anglia for about 18 years from the Sudbury transmitter - 14 Element aerial througha signal combiner with London & Meridian groups) - thank you, regards, David

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Dave Lindsay

10:58 PM

David Rayner: Burnham transmits only the Public Sector Broadcaster (PSB) services. You will need to retain another aerial on another transmitter to pick up the commercial services.

The aerial group for Sudbury and Burnham are the same, so if you have a group (non-wideband) aerial for Sudbury, then you will be OK with it on the Burnham relay.

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