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The symbol shows the location of the Kidderminster (Worcestershire, England) transmitter which serves 33,000 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 Kidderminster (Worcestershire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Kidderminster 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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C49 (698.0MHz)132mDTG-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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C58 (770.0MHz)132mDTG-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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C54 (738.0MHz)132mDTG-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

H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?

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The Kidderminster (Worcestershire, 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 Kidderminster transmitter?

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BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 29km east-northeast (64°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 28km east-northeast (63°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

How will the Kidderminster (Worcestershire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-137 Mar 2018-

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
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 7 Sep 11 and 21 Sep 11.

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

Analogue 1-4 2kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 400W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Sutton Coldfield 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. Kidderminster 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, 9 September 2011
Transmitter engineering

4:36 AM

KIDDERMINSTER transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 06:03 on 07 Sep to 07:26 on 07 Sep [BBC]

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Saturday, 24 September 2011
Stephen Whiley
7:12 PM

I live in Kidderminster and before the retune on the 21st Sept I had more DTV channels.
I thought that the 2nd retune would add channels not remove them?

I receive siganal from the Kidderminster transmitter is there an alternative that could be used?

The aerial is on the roof.

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Tuesday, 27 September 2011
John Dusconi
1:11 PM

I have just returned from holiday and found that I have no channels on my free view. This was working perfectly before i went away now i cannot receive any channels on free view.The message on screen telss me there is no signal.

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Mike Dimmick

6:27 PM

John Dusconi: My guess is that you were away when Sutton Coldfield switched over. You need to do a full retune of your box. Look for a full retune, default setting, full reset, first-time installation, 'virgin mode' or 'reinstall all channels' option.

If the manual doesn't make it clear how to do this, try looking at TV Re-tune .

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag

6:32 PM

John Dusconi: DSO stage2 took place in the West Midlands on 21st September 2011. Do a factory reset on your Freeview box and scan for channels or retune to the new frequencies manually. You do not say whether you were receiving Freeview from Sutton Coldfield previously, or whether you started to receive it for the first time from the Kidderminster relay on 7th September. Doing a retune should restore your reception. If you used to have all muxes from S/C but still cannot receive anything after rescanning check that the box is not on the list of equipment that does not support the 8k mode.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Friday, 30 September 2011
John Daly
8:28 AM

We have had an excellent digitail signal via Bromsgrove un today. 30 September 2011.
Channels 10 16 17 23 26 27 30 31 34 38 40 44 60 72 ,82 have now been lost

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8:30 AM

John Daly: You now need a wideband aerial to receive all the services from the Bromsgrove transmitter.

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Mike Dimmick

3:21 PM

John Daly: Since you don't mention problems on Pick TV (LCN 11) or Yesterday (LCN 12), which also require a wideband aerial, I'm going to guess that you have some device interfering with C41. If you have a Sky box from which you distribute channels around your home, you will need to retune it. See Single Frequency Interference for more information.

Signal levels are also generally increased, it's possible you could now have too much signal. See Freeview signals: too much of a good thing is bad for you | - independent free digital TV advice .

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
Sunday, 9 October 2011
11:07 AM
Brierley Hill

My PVR recordings jump on playback since switch over. Signal is very good, with roof aerial. I am only 0.5 miles from Brierley Hill transmitter.

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Monday, 10 October 2011

7:43 AM

P.R.: This could possibly be due to the PVR receiving a signal that's on the verges of being too powerful, and you should take measures to reduce this slightly by the inclusion of a simple attenuator in line with the aerial socket.

Of course another check you could make is to try a set top aerial, that is should you be in a situation whereby that would work!

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