Freeview Light on the Newcastle (Northern Ireland) transmitter
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The symbol shows the location of the Newcastle (Northern Ireland) transmitter which serves 4,400 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 problemsThe BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Newcastle (Northern Ireland) transmitter.
Which Freeview channels does the Newcastle 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.
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 11 Freeview HD channels?
The Newcastle (Northern Ireland) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, Quest HD, Forces TV, FreeSports, More4 +1, Now 70s, PBS America +1, Quest Red +1, RT HD.
If you want to watch these HD channels, either use Freesat HD, or move your TV aerial must point to one of the 30 Full Freeview HD transmitters. For more information see the want to know which transmitters will carry extra Freeview HD? page.
Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Newcastle transmitter?
BBC Newsline 0.6m homes 2.5%
from Belfast BT2 8HQ, 1,041km northeast (50°)
to BBC Northern Ireland region - 46 masts.
How will the Newcastle (Northern Ireland) transmission frequencies change over time?
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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 10 Oct 12 and 24 Oct 12.
How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?
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Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Divis transmitter area
Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?Radiation patterns withheld
Hi Peter - I don't think anything is concrete, discussions I've had with the DTG and various industry folk paint a different picture. Channel 12 usage isn't assured just because the south pull the plug on analogue. Arqiva have drawn up a plan for band 3 coverage post Dso it's included in a reference offer made to ofcom and while increases in the commercial multiplex will happen i don't believe any new sites will come online. Certain moves will take place, Colinward will be decommissioned as will Black Mountain. With Divis and Carnmoney now online for the BBC's own multiplex the commercial muxes will move to both sites. I don't see any further commercial expansion in the next few years if at all. The BBC will bring online 4 new DAB sites in 2012, Cushendall, Glenariff, Ballycastle Forest and Bellair and that will conclude BBC expansion all this work is planned as part of the Dso upgrade scheme. New higher antennas at Londonderry and Strabane to increase road coverage and that's it. It's down to Arqiva how far the commercial mux is put into Northern Ireland and there does not seem to be the will, there certainly won't be anything like D1 in the province for years to come.
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"there certainly won't be anything like D1 in the province for years to come."
I'm not so sure Jordy.
I've come across this document:
"The proposed improvements and additional sites are documented in section 1.1.The sites listed include several sites in Northern Ireland. As yet, Digital One have not discussed the detail of the sites in Northern Ireland with service providers (i.e. the owners of stations and services on Digital One). However, once the process of defining the list as a whole is at amore advanced stage, Digital One will look at ways of working with its customers to switch onthose sites as an initial stage of the process of expanding the network."
Proposed sites are:
Northern Ireland: Divis, Londonderry (Derry), Armagh, Maddybenny More, Camlough,Carnmoney Hill
Also, from digital One's website:
"Due to a recent change in the law, there is also a specific possibility that Digital One will extend coverage to Northern Ireland."
So, it looks as if Digital One are definitely interested in broadcasting in the province.
It'll be an absolute disgrace if this doesn't happen sooner rather than later, especially given all the extra spectrum that'll be available after ASO in the ROI next October.
We still can't get Absolute Radio on DAB in the province. That's a deplorable situation at this stage and something Ofcom needs to urgently address.
I just hope you're wrong about this prediction.
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