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The symbol shows the location of the Divis (Northern Ireland) transmitter which serves 440,000 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.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Divis (Northern Ireland) transmitter.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

Which Freeview channels does the Divis 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
C27 (522.0MHz)551mDTG-100,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) Northern Ireland, 2 BBC Two Northern Ireland, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 14 others

 H max
C21+ (474.2MHz)551mDTG-100,000W
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3 UTV (SD) (UTV), 4 Channel 4 (SD) NI ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 NI ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 UTV +1 (UTV),

 H max
C24 (498.0MHz)551mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD Northern Ireland, 102 BBC Two HD Northern Ireland, 103 UTV HD (UTV), 104 Channel 4 HD NI ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H -3dB
C23 (490.0MHz)551mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
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

 H -3dB
C26 (514.0MHz)528mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 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

 H -3dB
C30 (546.0MHz)528mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 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

 H -13dB
C36 (594.0MHz)528mDTG-125,000W
Channel icons
from 29th September 2014: 7 NvTv,

 H -40dB
C48 (690.0MHz)551mDTG-10W
Channel icons
from 4th September 2019: 53 TG4, 54 RTÉ One, 55 RTÉ Two,

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Divis transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Newsline 0.6m homes 2.5%
from Belfast BT2 8HQ, 1,044km northeast (51°)
to BBC Northern Ireland region - 46 masts.
regional news image
UTV Live 0.6m homes 2.5%
from Belfast BT7 1EB, 1,044km northeast (51°)
to UTV region - 46 masts.

Are there any self-help relays?

Chapel FieldsTransposerCentral Belfast61 homes

How will the Divis (Northern Ireland) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20122012-134 Mar 2020

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 10 Oct 12 and 24 Oct 12.

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

Analogue 1-4 500kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 100kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 50kW
com8(-16dB) 12.7kW
com7(-16.1dB) 12.4kW
LBT(-20dB) 5kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-23.4dB) 2.3kW
Mux C*(-24dB) 2kW
Mux D*(-24.9dB) 1.6kW
NIMM(-47dB) 10W

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

Oct 1959-May 2006Ulster Television
May 2006-Dec 2014UTV plc
Feb 1983-Dec 1992TV-am•
Jan 1993-Sep 2010GMTV•
Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only. Divis 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.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

6:20 PM

Local TV mux much stronger today.

Still quite weak but no break up.

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PJH's 240 posts GB flag
6:27 PM

Still dropping out occasionally for me. Tried manually tuning a liitle high because I thought it might be interference from c29, but it didn't help :/

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Gavin's 1 post GB flag
Wednesday, 25 December 2013
P. Kieran Ward

1:43 AM


COM 6 multiplex is on UHF Channel 29 from Divis at 50,000 watts where as LBT multiplex is on UHF Channel 30 at 5,000 watts but I would be very surprised if it is interference from COM 6 multiplex. The test signal with me in North Belfast on EPG 791 and 792 seem to be fine here.

P. Kieran Ward

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P. Kieran Ward's 89 posts GB flag

12:22 PM

Yep, breaking up here today again.

It's the signal quality that appears to be fluctuating widely rather than the strength so it may be part of the testing process.

I've also noticed some receivers are better at receiving it than others.

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PJH's 240 posts GB flag
Monday, 30 December 2013
1:40 PM

Bt34 4ue

I am receiving no signal to my freeview TV. My neighbour is having the same problem, so is unlikely to be something to do with the aeriel. This has been ongoing since 06:30 this morning. BBC1cam snack. It only momentarily

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P. Kieran Ward

11:35 PM

Hannah! Your location is Annalong from your postcode. I take it that you get your Freeview TV signal from the Kilkeel transmitter. If this is correct there doesn't appear to be any problems at this transmitter. The transmitter is a Freeview Light Transmitter which will only carry fewer channels than Divis. If you know about UHF channels the Kilkeel Transmitter uses three UHF Channels to supply 40 stations on UHF channels: 39, 42 and 45. Have a look at the link: Kilkeel (Northern Ireland) Freeview Light transmitter | - 11 years of independent, free digital TV advice

I hope you get your problem sorted!


P. Kieran Ward (BT14 6NQ)

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013
5:03 PM

This is very wierd though. Last night C30 was sitting firmly on 50% strength & 90-100% quality with no picture breakup. Then, without warning, it dropped to 0%/0% and disappeared for half a minute or so before returning at the previous levels. This happened a few times while I was monitoring it.

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Gavin's 8 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 1 January 2014
Wayne Cochrane
1:34 PM

Nothing weird: just that your receiver is right on its decoding threshold & a small drop in signal is enough for it to lose signal lock.

Most receivers will go from 100 - 0% with very little provocation.

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James Vance
8:30 PM

Hi bought a new tv with freeview what type aeril would I need for bt155ag

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P. Kieran Ward

11:31 PM

Hi James Vance!

I live quite close-by your address and can I start by asking you for the make and model of the TV you bought. This will tell me what stations you will be able to receive.

It depends on the type of tuner in the set so that is why I ask the question. Your area is served by the Divis Digital Freeview transmitter but depending on the make and model of your set you may be able to also receive the 3 RTE/TG4 stations transmitted from Black Mountain (NI Mini Multiplex).

I used No: 27 in your street to get the information contained in this link: Coverage Checker - Detailed View

This is the Digital UK site's Post Code checker.

Have a look at this link and get back to me.


P. Kieran Ward (BT14 6NQ)

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