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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),

 H max
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: U&Yesterday, 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Al Jazeera English, Blaze, Blaze +1, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, DMAX, 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, U&Dave, U&Dave ja vu, U&Drama +1, U&W.

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
regional news image
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?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-1319 Jul 2018

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 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.

Thursday, 19 April 2012
mrs james
8:32 AM

i live in ss120hw i have spent nine hours trying to get my sony dvd recorder sony rdr-hx525/hx725 in. it wont pick up more than 2 pretsets and i have tried to put them in manually but cant find channel 5. even then the picture is rubbish. can you help. what are the new preset channel numbers or am i wasting my time. my partner and i are disabled and it is do our head in. thank you.

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Mike Dimmick

1:59 PM

mrs james: This device cannot pick up digital TV transmissions, only analogue ones. You're likely picking up transmissions from Bluebell Hill now that Crystal Palace only broadcasts digital. Bluebell Hill analogue transmissions will end in June.

The only way to make this recorder work from now on is to use another box to decode the signals. If you only want to record a programme that you're watching on TV, and the TV has a digital tuner built-in, you should be able to record from the SCART socket. The manual is at….pdf - see Recording From Connected Equipment on p61.

Alternatively if you have a Freeview box, you should be able to set it up to come on automatically at the scheduled recording time, and record from that - again, see p61 to record from a SCART-connected device.

Unfortunately you can't record one thing while watching another unless you have a decoder box specifically for this recorder.

If you don't have Freeview equipment, you'll have to get some. Since you said you're disabled, you should be able to get help from the Switchover Help Scheme. See The Switchover Help Scheme can help you make the switch to digital TV. | Switchover Help Scheme for advice.

This is all a real pain to set up, and it's certainly easier to get a hard-disk-based Freeview PVR. There are some hard disk and DVD or BluRay combo recorders available. The Help Scheme may be able to set one of these up for you, but you'll have to pay the extra over the usual box they provide.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
Monday, 7 May 2012
7:29 PM

I live in Southminster and have been considering replacing my Sudbury aerial to accommodate the wider bandwidth needed.
Would I be better off pointing my existing group B aerial to this new transmitter instead?
I note there's no ITV4 listed. Is this due to be included on the B.O.C. transmitter soon?

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David's 2 posts GB flag
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Dave Lindsay

7:52 PM

David: No, Burnham will remain a Freeview Light transmitter. See this page for an explanation:

Will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? | - independent free digital TV advice

For this reason, you will probably be best of sticking with Sudbury. Interestingly, the Digital UK predictor thinks you will get better reception from Sudbury with it being "good", whereas Burnham goes to "variable" when its channels change on 27th June. I suspect this might be to do with another transmitter being co-channel (possibly Heathfield).

The Commercial channels from Sudbury are on low power until 27th June, so if you are having difficulty with them, you will probably have to wait until then for them to become reliable.

If you're looking at DIYing, or just wish to be informed, see here for some ideas:

Sudbury Transmitter

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 9 May 2012
Transmitter engineering

12:28 PM

BURNHAM ON CROUCH transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 09:52 today [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering

7:27 PM

BURNHAM ON CROUCH transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 09:52 today to 14:06 today [BBC]

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Thursday, 10 May 2012
Transmitter engineering

2:27 PM

BURNHAM ON CROUCH transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 09:52 yesterday to 14:06 yesterday [BBC]

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Friday, 11 May 2012
Transmitter engineering

12:27 PM

BURNHAM ON CROUCH transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 09:52 on 09 May to 14:06 on 09 May [BBC]

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Monday, 7 October 2013
Robert Hamilton
8:03 PM

My aerial is on Crystal Palace, but I want to view BBC LOOK EAST My postcode is SS6 8SZ Sometimes I can receive LOOK EAST on channel 804 Freeview. Which is my correct transmitter for where I live? Any help will be greatly appreciated. RH

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8:54 PM

Robert Hamilton: You are within range of a number of transmitters which give varying degrees of reliability according to the DUK predictions. The best reception is predicted to come from Rouncefall which is roughly NE of your location. This carries Look East for local news, but is only a Freeview lite transmitter. The fact that your aerial is set for Crystal Palace suggests that this is the most reliable full service transmitter, despite a "variable" prediction on five of the muxes. Sudbury is the only full service "Anglia" transmitter, giving variable reception on two of the COM muxes, but good reception on the other four. Whether the COM muxes would prove to be troublesome from Sudbury can really only be discovered .by trying it out, but it is fair to say that a number of posts have been made on this site about problems with ArqA and ArqB from that transmitter.

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