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The symbol shows the location of the Marlborough (Wiltshire, England) transmitter which serves 4,300 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 Marlborough (Wiltshire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Marlborough 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 V max
C25 (506.0MHz)242mDTG-320W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC SD, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C28 (530.0MHz)242mDTG-320W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (West), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (West), 45 Film4 +1,

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C22 (482.0MHz)242mDTG-620W
Channel icons
86 More4 +1, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 60 Freeview channels?

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The Marlborough (Wiltshire, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4Music, 4seven, 4seven HD, 5SELECT, 5Spike, 5STAR, 5STAR +1, 5USA, 5USA +1, AlJazeera English (SD), Aljazeera English HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBeebies HD, CBS Drama, CBS Justice, CBS Reality, CBS Reality +1, Challenge, Channel 4+1 HD, Channel 5 +1, CITV, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama, E4 +1, Food Network, Forces TV, Freesports, Home, Horror Channel, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Together TV +1, Movies4Men, NOW 80s, Now 90s, Paramount Network, PBS America, pick, Pick +1, Quest +1, Quest Red, Quest Red +1, Really, RT HD, Sewing Quarter, Sky News, Smithsonian Channel HD, Sony Movie Channel, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, Together TV, Yesterday, YourTV.

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 Marlborough transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Points West 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Bristol BS8 2LR, 63km west (275°)
to BBC West region - 60 masts.
regional news image
ITV West Country News (East) 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Bristol BS4 3HG, 60km west (273°)
to ITV West region - 61 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with West Country (West)

How will the Marlborough (Wiltshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20102010-132013-182013-1731 Mar 2018-
VHFA K TA K TA K TA K TA K TA K TA K T
C7BBCtvwaves
C22BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCBBBCBBBCBBBCB
C25ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCABBCABBCABBCA
C28BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesD3+4D3+4D3+4D3+4
C32C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) by 30 June 2020 - 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 24 Mar 10 and 7 Apr 10.

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

Analogue 1-4 100W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 20W

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

Jan 1958-Jul 1968Television Wales and the West
Jul 1968-Feb 2004Harlech 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. Marlborough 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.

Comments
Monday, 22 April 2013
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Natasha
12:55 PM
Marlborough

Hello,
My sigal is fine at SN8 4AU, but why is it that the Mendip area only has a light transmitter, therefore preventing me from recieving all freeview channels? Such as ITV 4 and Film 4 amoungst others. Is this liekely to change or can I do something to recieve them as I don't realy want to buy Sky for channels which are free to air! Thanks.

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Dave Lindsay
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1:27 PM

Natasha: The Mendip transmitter carries all channels. You are receiving from Marlborough which is a small transmitter that relays Mendip's PSB channels and exists because reception from Mendip is difficult or not possible.

The small "filler-in" transmitters are never likely to get the full complement of channels because those that don't broadcast from such sites are run purely for profit and have no Public Service obligation, unlike BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. See here for an explanation:

Londonderry (Northern Ireland) digital TV transmitter | ukfree.tv - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice

There is the free-to-air satellite service Freesat which offers more channels than are available from the Marlborough transmitter, including ITV4 and Film4.

Here is a comparison full Freeview vs Freesat:

Freeview/Freesat | ukfree.tv - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice

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Dave Lindsay
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1:37 PM

Natasha: Further to my previous posting, I have looked at your road on Google Streetview. I have spotted only two aerials pointing to Marlborough. Most are directed to Mendip (which is westwards), with a few pointing at Hannington (which is eastwards).

If you are in one of those houses with an aerial directed to Marlborough then it might be worth speaking to an aerial installer to see if you might be able to receive the full complement of channels from Mendip.

In poor areas such as yours it can be the case that one house can receive from a particular transmitter but another next door cannot.

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Natasha
2:59 PM

Thank you David. I amin new build flats at the end of that road which can't be seen yet on Google earth. The Freesat option seems a good idea.

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Dave Lindsay
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3:21 PM

Natasha: If you are to get a Freesat recorder (a PVR, which may be branded "Freesat+") you will require two feeds from the dish. If your block has a communal satellite dish, check to see what connections/sockets there are on the wall in your flat. If there are two satellite sockets then that is what you need for a PVR.

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Thursday, 13 March 2014
Transmitter engineering
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8:32 PM

MARLBOROUGH transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 19:04 today. [BBC]

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11:30 PM

MARLBOROUGH transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 19:04 today to 22:06 today. [BBC]

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Friday, 14 March 2014
Transmitter engineering
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12:31 AM

MARLBOROUGH transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Off Air from 22:20 today, HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 19:04 today to 22:06 today. [BBC]

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1:30 AM

MARLBOROUGH transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 19:04 yesterday to 22:06 yesterday, HD Digital TV Off Air from 22:20 yesterday. [BBC]

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2:29 AM

MARLBOROUGH transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Off Air from 22:20 yesterday, HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 19:04 yesterday to 22:06 yesterday. [BBC]

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