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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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Meridian south coast),

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C30 (546.0MHz)131mDTG-400W
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56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 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, 109 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 43 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, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBS Reality, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, CITV, YAAAS!, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, Film4 +1, Food Network, GB News, GREAT! movies, GREAT! movies action, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, pick, Pop Player, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky News, Smithsonian Channel, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's TV (UK), Together TV, 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, 65km 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;
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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 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

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

12:26 PM

Bill: Sorry to jump in here, but one cause of Freeview pictures not looking as good as from an external box is the use of the "sharpening" setting on the TV. If you can find such a thing in the TV's picture settings, you will need to turn it off to get the best possible Freeview pictures.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB

12:31 PM

I remember when I first got the TV I was not impressed with the picture. Then found people on the net saying turn of ALL the picture enhancing settings, which improved things.

I need to check the settings to see if they are off as I have altered them recently.


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Bill's 47 posts GB
Andrew Dandridge
10:35 PM

Well now we have no signal on our small digital tv at all. Tried an booster aeriel and nothing. Main tv is perfect. Bedroom tv only works on satelite. Freeview direct is zero. I thought when switch over took place all would be great. It's rubish! I have tried channel scans over and over again all to no avail. What are we supposed to do.

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Andrew Dandridge's 1 post GB
Thursday, 31 May 2012
Transmitter engineering

4:29 AM

NEWHAVEN transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 07:54 yesterday to 08:14 yesterday [BBC] Over the next week Newhaven relay: TV (analogue) Service Shutdowns, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Dave Lindsay

9:14 AM

Andrew Dandridge: If your small TV runs off a set-top aerial, and the main aerial (that serves the main TV) faces the same transmitter, then take the TV to it to tune it.

If you are tuning to the Newhaven transmitter, then it is currently broadcasting only one multiplex and thus there is only one UHF channel to scan for. It is C50, so if you the device has manual tuning, use it.

You should also be aware that the Newhaven transmitter will carry Public Service channels only; it will not carry Commercial channels such as Film4 and Dave.

If you received Freeview before switchover, then you must have been picking it up from another transmitter. All transmitters that carry low-power Freeview before switchover are full-service transmitters after switchover. In such circumstances, you may be able to receive the full service from another transmitter such as Whitehawk or Rowridge.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB

9:17 AM

Re picture quality on my Toshiba TV on Freeview.

You were correct, I found two noise reduction settings, DNR and MPEG NR were both set to ON. Now they are off, both Freview and Freesat pictures look similar in quality.

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Bill's 47 posts GB

9:24 AM

Re Newhaven only having Public Service channels.

Can't see why that couldn't include ITV3 and ITV4 before including +1 channels. Also aren't 5* and 5USA also free to air?

Will there be any room for adding extra channels in the future?

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Bill's 47 posts GB
Friday, 1 June 2012
Transmitter engineering

6:28 PM

NEWHAVEN transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 07:54 on 30 May to 08:14 on 30 May [BBC] Over the next week Newhaven relay: TV (analogue) Service Shutdowns, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering

7:28 PM

NEWHAVEN transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 07:54 on 30 May to 08:14 on 30 May [BBC]

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Saturday, 2 June 2012
H. Gravett
8:56 PM

Have bought 2 new Freeview TV's for kids bedrooms, both different makes. Also have a older Freeview tv & our main tv of 6 years, but has Freeview tuner. All work off same aerial. One of the kids TV's can pick up 32 channels, 2 other TV's can get 11 channels & main tv only gets 7 channels. Tried several re-tunes with no change. Why is there a difference in number of channels rec'd? Will this be corrected on 13th?

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