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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 20/05/2024 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

 H max
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;
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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 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, 23 May 2018
Pete Forman
10:51 PM

My Panasonic PVR has just updated its software version to 1.39. I will retune tomorrow to see if the BBC B recording from Midhurst has been fixed.

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Thursday, 24 May 2018
Peter Simpson
6:08 PM

Pete Forman:

Hi Pete,

It seems that Panasonic released 15 firmware updates yesterday, I hope that this works for you. The release description just says " Network service compatibility". Unfortunately still no update for my DMR-BWT720.

Regards, Peter

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Peter Simpson
6:26 PM

Peter Simpson:

GOOD NEWS UPDATE!! - I just received an email from FreeView saying that the problem is fixed and I have found that I can now record BBC1 HD again!

There was no need to re-tune, it just started working. Hopefully this will be the end to this sorry saga.!

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Friday, 25 May 2018
Les Allwood
10:05 AM

Limited good news for some. Unfortunately, the myriad of updates released did not include the DMR-HWT150. According to Panasonic support this morning, work continues with no planned release date as yet. Still I wait ...

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Saturday, 26 May 2018
Les Allwood
8:01 AM

Although no update had been released for my DMR-HWT150, on a whim I decided to try a test HD recording. Lo and behold, it worked! Whilst this is an excellent outcome, it raises a lot of questions.
We all agree that the problems started when Freeview did a channel change at the end of March. Then followed nearly two months when both Freeview and Panasonic professed ignorance and effectively blamed each other. Panasonic have now issued updates for many devices without stating that this particular issue has been addressed. Simultaneously the problem appears to have been cured. However, that does not explain why those devices which did not require an update have now started working. To a layman like me, the finger points clearly at Freeview. If that is the case, why did it take Freeview so long to make the correction, and why didn't Panasonic tell their numerous complaining customers where the fault lay?
Whilst I am delighted that I can now record HD channels, my faith in Panasonic has been severely dented. I doubt we'll ever know the full story. However, I would like to thank those on this forum who, being more knowledgeable and persistent, have forced the relevant parties to fix the problem. Well done guys!

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Peter Simpson
6:21 PM

Les Allwood:

Hi Les,

Very glad that your recorder is now working properly again! Sounds like your experience was the same as mine, no firmware update but it has just started working properly. I agree, Freeview must have changed something in the data stream to make this work.

Similar problems have occurred on other transmitters in the past and they have miraculously gone away just as ours has. It does make you question whether Freeeview is capable of learning from its mistakes though!

Regards, Peter

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Pete Forman
6:30 PM

My DMR130 is working again. I can pause, record live and timer record on all channels. I needed to retune but that was because I was using Heathfield for PSB3 as a workaround.

The only hiccup was that after the Panasonic software had updated itself I could not access Prog Check or Function Menu. Cycling power, leaving it disconnected for a few minutes, fixed that.

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Sunday, 27 May 2018
Joe B
10:35 PM

All working for me too. I also got the e-mail from Freeview but I'm equally in the dark about what exactly was fixed.

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Monday, 28 May 2018
G Draper
10:15 AM

I seem to be getting pixillation and lost signals on many channels, starting on thursday last. I have retuned three times without any improvement. BBC and ITY are the worst. I have a roof aerial pointing to Midhurst. Post code GU30 7SG, only 7 miles from Midhurst

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11:08 AM

G Draper: Retuning will never fix a weak signal as your TV was already correctly tuned. Have you checked for any loose or damaged cables or connections behind your TV?

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