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Freeview Light on the Patcham (Brighton and Hove, England) transmitter

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The symbol shows the location of the Patcham (Brighton and Hove, England) transmitter which serves 4,300 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 Patcham (Brighton and Hove, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Patcham 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.

 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)141mDTG-14W
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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

 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)141mDTG-14W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Meridian (South Coast 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
C37 (602.0MHz)141mDTG-14W
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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 Patcham (Brighton and Hove, 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! christmas, GREAT! movies extra, GREAT! movies, 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 Christmas, 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 Patcham transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 40km northeast (41°)
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.9m homes 3.6%
from Whiteley PO15 7AD, 79km west (270°)
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 Patcham (Brighton and Hove, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-1319 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 7 Mar 12 and 21 Mar 12.

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

Analogue 1-4 69W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-6.9dB) 14W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Whitehawk Hill 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. Patcham 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, 7 March 2012

12:09 AM

Very interesting Patcham went a few secs before Rowridge !

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12:15 AM

0.07:55 for Patcham and 0.08:07 for Rowridge

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Sunday, 11 March 2012

1:49 PM

Well my little 3.5 inch freeview tv is useless for portable reception unlike my analogue equivelent, oh well !

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Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
7:02 AM

This might be a stupid question,but why do we only receive half of the channels supplied by Freeview from the Patcham Transmitter.

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Walter's 1 post GB flag
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10:10 AM

Walter: It all comes down to money. The owners of the COM muxes were invited to increase the number of sites at which their services were transmitted, but declined on the grounds that the cost of transmission would double, but only a small percentage of extra viewers would be added.The Digital UK postcode checker predicts that you are able to receive all services with good reception from the Whitehawk Hill transmitter, subject to using a suitable aerial and not having any local obstructions (trees or tall buildings) blocking the signal path.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
8:07 PM

can you please explain (in words I can understand)why patcham doesnt have half the channels we should have?

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Lucy's 1 post GB flag

8:55 PM

Lucy: Simply because of it being a PSB only Freeview transmitter, as any additional channels provided would be purely for commercial reasons and not public service broadcasting obligations connected to the licence fee, but the commercial interests that would have been involved having considered that the coverage area was not large enough to provide adequate financial returns to justify the high costs involved with providing any additional services.

In other words just like most private enterprises, if its not going to pay then its not done.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

9:08 PM

Lucy: TV in the UK is broadcast from powerful main transmitters which spread their signals over large areas. Despite this, there are pockets where these signals cannot be received sufficiently from these main stations, usually caused by the terrain.

In these places small low power "filler in" transmitters are installed, such as that at Patcham so as to provide a service.

The channels that don't broadcast from Patcham are run by the Commercial operators. They operate solely to generate profit by selling advertising to advertisers. Their objective is therefore to gather as many viewers as possible (to watch the adverts) at lowest possible cost to them.

They have opted to transmit from 80 of the largest transmission sites (by viewer population) and achieve 90% coverage of the population.

There are around 1000 small transmitters like Patcham and for them to transmit from them would roughly double the amount of money they spend on transmitters. They were invited to transmit from more sites, but they declined.

The services that are broadcast from Patcham are the "Public Service" ones.

In some cases it is possible to have a new aerial fitted to pick up the full Freeview service from another transmitter.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag

10:08 PM

Hmm could this ever change in time though. What about the new mux's in the future also, there is talk about capacity for any extra 35 HD channels even in the years to come

I wonder if other countries have the same type of freeview light service from relays...

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