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The symbol shows the location of the Midhurst (West Sussex, England) transmitter which serves 94,000 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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Midhurst (West Sussex, England) mast?

Midhurst transmitter - Midhurst transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 27/05/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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

Which Freeview channels does the Midhurst 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.

 H max
C48 (690.0MHz)299mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) South, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 17 others

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C35 (586.0MHz)299mDTG-20,000W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Meridian (West 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 (Meridian south coast),

 H max
C36 (594.0MHz)299mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD South, 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 -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)299mDTG-810,000W
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 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H -3dB
C34 (578.0MHz)300mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
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 TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H -3dB
C33 (570.0MHz)300mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

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

The Midhurst (West Sussex, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: .

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 Midhurst transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South Today 1.3m homes 4.9%
from Southampton SO14 7PU, 51km west-southwest (256°)
to BBC South region - 39 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.9m homes 3.6%
from Whiteley PO15 7AD, 41km west-southwest (248°)
to ITV Meridian (South Coast) region - 39 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with all of Meridian plus Oxford

How will the Midhurst (West Sussex, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-1716 Oct 2019
C54tv_off SDNSDN
C56tv_off D3+4D3+4

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 29 Feb 12 and 14 Mar 12.

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

Analogue 1-4 100kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 20kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 10kW
Mux C*(-16dB) 2.5kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-17dB) 2kW
Mux D*(-20dB) 1000W

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

Aug 1958-Jan 1992Southern Television
Jan 1982-Dec 1992Television South (TVS)
Jan 1993-Feb 2004Meridian
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. Midhurst 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.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018
Peter Simpson
6:10 PM


Hi Michael,

Likewise, I've just received a further mail from Panasonic support saying that they are still investigating the non-recording problem. Also that they don't have a timeline for a fix or any information that they are prepared to release as to what the cause is or what the fix is likely to be.

Regards, Peter

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Peter Simpson's 16 posts GB flag
Friday, 27 April 2018

7:40 AM

Signal quality on channel 33 the last couple of says very up and down but this morning is hovering between 93% and 100% which is the best it has been since the retune.

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Tuesday, 1 May 2018
Joe B
6:01 PM

Peter Simpson:
I've also now had a reply from Panasonic:

"In regards to your query, I would like to inform you that the issue you described is currently being investigated by our company. As you mentioned the problem was triggered by the changes in the Freeview signal and we are working towards a resolution, however this might take some time as the matter seems to only affect recorders that connect to the Midhurst transmitter, hence this seems to point out to a transmitter issue rather then an actual device problem. Regrettably, we do not have any troubleshooting steps to fix this currently, however I will be able to update you on the matter as soon as we have more details available."

There are some suggestions on other forums that Accurate Recording (AR) signals might be involved, with the broadcast AR signal not matching the channel identifier on the box (I'd post the link but can't find the discussion just now). Whatever, it does seem that Freeview and Panasonic are aware and trying to fix.

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Thursday, 3 May 2018
Peter Simpson
2:25 PM

Joe B:

Hi Joe,

Many thanks for your update, do you have any idea who we can lobby at Freeview or their data management out-sourcers to get the data fixed?

Regards, Peter

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Joe B
4:44 PM

Peter Simpson: My only contact was via their website and e-mail thereafter:

Viewer Support
Freeview Advice Line
Support | Freeview
t: 03456 50 50 50
a: PO Box 26833, Kirkcaldy, KY2 9AG

I'm following up with both Freeview and Panasonic at regular intervals to try to keep their focus on fixing the issue, but I only have publicly issued contacts.

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Peter Simpson
8:49 PM

Joe B:

Thanks Joe, I'll chase Freeview as well to add a little more pressure.

Regards, Peter

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Peter Simpson's 16 posts GB flag
Saturday, 19 May 2018
10:50 PM

IF the problem is down to AR problems (see post on page 94) then running a manually set timer recording rathrr than one through EPG should be ok as AR is not used for manual timer recording.

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Gekko77's 2 posts GB flag
Monday, 21 May 2018
Joe B
9:04 AM

Thanks for the thought. I've tried a purely manual recording on one of the affected channels and it still doesn't work, so nothing to do with AR if what you say is correct. Ho hum!

I wonder if Trading Standards would be interested in expensive items which used to work but are no longer fit for purpose?

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Peter Simpson
12:37 PM

Joe B:

I have found likewise, a manually set timer doesn't trigger.

We had another "New channels - please re-tune" message today but after clearing and re-loading the channels there was no change - my Panasonic still won't record any channels on the PSB3 / BBCB multiplex.

Time to chase Freeview and Panasonic again. And yes, definitely worth raising with Trading Standards!

Regards, Peter

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Peter Simpson's 16 posts GB flag
10:02 PM

Ah well worth a try, the mystery deepens

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