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The symbol shows the location of the Felixstowe (Suffolk, England) transmitter which serves 4,800 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 Felixstowe (Suffolk, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Felixstowe transmitter broadcast?

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Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

 V max
C33+ (570.2MHz)52mDTG-200W
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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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C35 (586.0MHz)52mDTG-200W
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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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C42 (642.0MHz)52mDTG-200W
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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

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Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?

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The Felixstowe (Suffolk, 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 mix, GREAT! romance, 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 Felixstowe transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Look East (East) 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Norwich NR2 1BH, 74km north (355°)
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, 74km north (355°)
to ITV Anglia (East) region - 26 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Anglia (West)

How will the Felixstowe (Suffolk, 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 Jul 11 and 20 Jul 11.

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

BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 200W
Analogue 1-4(-16dB) 5W

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. Felixstowe 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, 18 August 2011

9:21 AM

Nick: There is no-one to complain to.

Rabbit and Gay Rabbit are low bandwidth services provided by Teletext Ltd, which as the national teletext operator is allocated 5% of multiplex by the Broadcasting Act. If they were removed, there would be no space for any more TV channels.

The commercial operators do not wish to transmit from the relay transmitters, Ofcom has no powers to force them to do so. This transmitter covers a maximum of only 4,800 homes, they do not regard it as profitable to transmit from masts that cover less than 10,000 homes.

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5:03 PM

Nick: Thanks Brian, but I would imagine Aldeburgh serves many more. Even if we discount the two horrors I mentioned, I think many would be annoyed to have ITV 1 twice, ie ITV 1 + 1, rather than ITV3. I do not understand why the regulator is so toothless, doubtless we pay them for sitting back and not doing commonsense things.
Why would removal of two naff channels not clear the way for two public service ones?

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5:08 PM

Nick: The Aldeburgh transmitter covers 9,500 homes.

ITV1 +1 has to go on multiplex 2/D3+4 because it is a service with regions. Only the D3+4 multiplex has this. ITV3 is contained on Multiplex A/SDN as it is a UK-wide channel.

Which two "naff channels" are you suggesting getting rid off?

The Broadcasting Act 1996 allocated 45% of multiplex 2 to the "Channel 3 licence holder" (that's ITV plc, STV or UTV), 45% to Channel 4 and the little bit left to the "national teletext licencee".

Ofcom has no power to force any changes on multiplex 2, other than to require the transmission of the licensed Channel 3 programme and Channel 4.

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Briantist's 38,910 posts GB flag
Friday, 19 August 2011

9:51 AM

Thanks Brian,
I was thinking of the two rabbits.
It seems to me that ITV3 and 4 could be termed public service channels and I think many are going to be annoyed not to have them.
Please could you also let me know if freesat is likely to extend its number of channels? As you kindly suggested in the past, this is now my chosen tv method as freeview seems problematic. However, I have discovered it is a poor substitute in terms of channels offered, specifically we lack Challenge and Yesterday. It is all very well the powers that be saying freesat is designed for those lacking freeview, but they should at least be required to make the two services comparable.

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2:05 PM

Nick: OK, as I said, the text services would not provide any television capacity even if the law allowed such a thing.

ITV3 and ITV4 are not public service channels, and ITV2 only gets to be on multiplex 2 because the Channel 3 licensee can use the capacity for additional channels of it's own choice.

ITV1 has to provide news, and regional news as part of the "public service", and in return gets a listing in position 3 on the EPG. ITV2, ITV3 and ITV4 have no such public services.

The Channel 4 corporation is a not-for-profit public corporation, which funds itself by advertising, and as such get the other (almost) half of multiplex 2, again by law.

There is no chance whatsoever of Challenge going on Freesat, it is a Sky-owned channel.

UKTV's channels Yesterday (and Dave and Really) are contractually forbidden by their satellite encryption contract with Sky to provide free-to-air satellite versions.

It is my understanding that BBC Worldwide are happy to take Sky's (very small) shilling for their UKTV operation, as they like to "have a finger in all the pies".

Freesat does not provide any channels at all, it simply provides an EPG and promotional services to existing channels.

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11:25 PM

Thank you Brian for a very full answer.
I do not understand your final line though.
It seems to me that No-one will stand up to Sky. Why on earth they have a hold over freesat is beyond me. I thought freesat was set up to overcome Sky's monopoly of satellite broadcasting If Challenge and Yesterday can be on freeview, I fail to understand why they cannot be on freesat. Freesat is obviously a second class service and no substitute for freeview, which because we have insufficient terrestrial transmitters, we cannot receive through no fault of our own. It would be nice if your very informative letter could be put on a major part of this site so that the hackles of many viewers may be raised and we attempt to do something about this unacceptable situation.

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Tuesday, 23 August 2011

4:04 PM

Nick: Freesat was never set up to "challenge Sky's monopoly", it was set up to market existing public service channels (BBC, ITV, Channel 4) without having to use the Sky EPG.

Sky OWNS Challenge, they will hardly put one of their subscription satellite channels out free-to-air. They only did it on Freeview because it better from their point of view to fill the slot they bought from Virgin (it was Channel One/Virgin One) than sell it to a competitor.

As I said Yesterday, Dave and Really belong to BBC Worldwide and the contract they have with SSSL to provide them with encryption (and a little subscription revenue) for their ten channels FORBIDS them to put the same channels out free-to-air on satellite. If they want to put them all free-to-air on satellite, they could do that, but if they want any single channel to have a encryption/subscription model then they all have to.

You can compare the channels on Freeview with Freesat here - Compare Freeview and Freesat TV | - independent free digital TV advice .

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Briantist's 38,910 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 24 August 2011

10:42 AM

Nick: Thank you once again Brian for a very full answer. It seems to me , though, that the public are getting short shrift in this scenario, with too many organisations continuing to be allowed to impose restrictive practices. Be it the lack of ITV 3 etc on some terrestrial xmitters, or Freeview channels being denied on Freesat with those who are unable to receive freeview due to the lack of transmitters being the losers, we are being treated as mugs. We have been forced to pay for new equipment, yet are denied what others get.
I wish there was a forum I could highlight this issue on to bring others onside. Any ideas please?

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Martin Brown
3:23 PM

Nick: So agree
In my village with 19 tv channels on freeview including 2 childrens and two beeb that I have never heard anyone admit to watching as the average age is 70- why oh why can we not be allowed SkyNews by the Gestapo. With the coverage of Lybia SN has knocked the Beeb into cocked hats. The Beeb used maps and graphics while SN had several excellent Correspondents actually transmitting live.

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4:40 PM

Martin Brown: SDN and Arqiva do not regard it as profitable to broadcast to the 4,800 homes covered by this mast, and so they have not provided their commercial services from it, so you can't get Sky News because it is unprofitable for the company to do so.

There is no "Gestapo", just a commercial company that doesn't wish to spend money it won't make back.

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