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The symbol shows the location of the Newhaven (East Sussex, England) transmitter which serves 11,000 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 Newhaven (East Sussex, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Newhaven 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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C23 (490.0MHz)131mDTG-400W
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1 BBC One (SD) South East, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 16 others

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C26 (514.0MHz)131mDTG-400W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Meridian (East 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),

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C30 (546.0MHz)131mDTG-400W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD South East, 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/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?

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The Newhaven (East Sussex, 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 Newhaven transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 41km north-northeast (21°)
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.7m homes 2.7%
from Maidstone ME14 5NZ, 66km north-northeast (31°)
to ITV Meridian (East) region - 36 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with all of Meridian plus Oxford

How will the Newhaven (East Sussex, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1970-80s1984-971997-981998-20122012-1319 Jul 2018

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 30 May 12 and 13 Jun 12.

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 Heathfield 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.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Saturday, 3 August 2013
Ian Farrow
8:49 AM

Has anybody noticed over the past few days that through the Newhaven transmitter, we can now receive FILM 4 (Channel 15) which was certainly not available a couple of weeks ago when I had to do a retune. Also, 302 for a while became 308 and now, after yesterday's retune, it has become 302 again. 302/308 don't bother me, but the addition of FILM 4 has been greatly welcome. Is the "Light" transmission on the Newhaven transmitter likely to add any more channels? In the past, when there has been a change, there has been a notice on the TV advising a retune. Why did this not happen when FILM 4 came into the remit? My son's set-top box automatically retunes when necessary, but our TV does not, so it would be good to know if and when another channel appears.

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Saturday, 24 August 2013
11:34 AM

i live in peacehaven i can not get freeview now for 3 days in have unpluged and done a scan but on joy

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11:36 AM

i have not got free view for 3 days i live in peacehaven i have unpluged and done a scan but still no joy

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Wednesday, 30 October 2013
Chris Bevins
7:44 PM

My in-laws live in Seaford and experience picture and sound break up quite often. After last weekends stormy weather they were unable to receive an uninterrupted signal so they called in a local tv engineer to investigate the problem. Their rooftop aerial and tv were found to be ok - the fault was put down to signals from the Isle of Wight transmitter interrupting Newhaven with a clicking sound? The problem was alleged to be a well known issue, according to the tv engineer. Seems remarkable in this age of technology that an issue of this nature cannot be addressed. Any help would be appreciated.

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Dave Lindsay

7:58 PM

Chris Bevins: I'm not quite sure what is being referring to. The Isle of Wight transmitter is Rowridge and cannot interfere with that from the Newhaven transmitter as they broadcast on different UHF channels (frequencies).

Have you or has your in-laws confirmed that they are tuned to the Newhaven transmitter and are not, unwittingly, watching the output of another transmitter such as Rowridge or Whitehawk Hill (Brighton)?

Newhaven transmitter only carries Public Service channels (BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and a few others), so if they get the Commercial ones (ITV3, Pick TV, Dave, 4Music and others) then those must be coming from elsewhere. Thus the question must be which channels are being referred to?

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Chris Bevins
8:50 PM

Dave Lindsay: Many thanks for your response. The comments made by the tv engineer seemed rather odd to me but Mum and Dad were pleased to get their primary source of entertainment working ok again so they didn't question the explanation. We live some distance away from them so can't readily answer your questions. Dad was also told not to retune the tv by the engineer, which I also find odd, but may hold the answer to some of your questions

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Dave Lindsay

9:39 PM

Chris Bevins: The point about not retuning may have been made because it is now tuned the correct transmitter and therefore that any dabbling in with the tuning can only ever result in the same result (i.e. tuned to the correct transmitter as before) or worse, it being tuned to the wrong transmitter.

The point is that there are six multiplexes (signals) for terrestrial television. Each carries a number of services. See here for a list of the multiplexes:

DTG :: DTT Services by Multiplex

The PSB (Public Service) channels are available from all transmitters and serve everywhere that the former four-channel analogue was available. The COM (Commercial) channels broadcast from 81 of the larger transmitters, which doesn't include Newhaven.

Thus some viewers only get the PSB channels. Some may get intermittent COMs, and I wonder if your in-laws could be in that position.

Judging by the Digital UK predictor they may be able to receive COMs from Rowridge or Whitehawk Hill. In the case of Whitehawk, it is on the same bearing as Newhaven, so the aerial is pointing in the right direction. However, it could be intermittent if the terrain blocks line-of-sight.

If, having tried reception of COMs from Rowridge and Whitehawk they remain intermittent then there is not a lot else that can be tried. They must accept that they are not reliably served by these channels.

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Thursday, 31 October 2013
J Vance
9:50 AM

Is the Newhaven transmitter down? I live in BN10 7SS and have no signal. Aerial is in the lot

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Michael Murphy
10:02 AM

I'm also not receiving a Newhaven signal in Seaford (BN25). The transmitter must be down.

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Robert Thornton
12:04 PM

Any idea when newhaven transmitter is coming back on line please??

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