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The symbol shows the location of the Perth (Perth and Kinross, Scotland) transmitter which serves 26,000 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 Perth (Perth and Kinross, Scotland) transmitter.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

Which Freeview channels does the Perth 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.

 V max
C29 (538.0MHz)172mDTG-200W
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1 BBC One (SD) Scotland, 2 BBC Two Scotland, 7 BBC Alba HD, 23 BBC Three, 24 BBC Four (Scotland SD), 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 13 others

 V max
C31 (554.0MHz)172mDTG-200W
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3 STV (SD) (STV North (Dundee micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Scotland ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Scotland ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (STV Edinburgh), 35 STV+1 (STV Edinburgh),

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C37+ (602.2MHz)172mDTG-200W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD Scotland, 102 BBC Two HD Scotland, 103 ITV 1 HD (STV West), 103 STV HD (STV West), 104 Channel 4 HD Scotland ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 108 BBC Scotland HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

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Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?

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The Perth (Perth and Kinross, Scotland) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: U&Yesterday, 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Al Jazeera English, Blaze, Blaze +1, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, DMAX, E4 Extra, YAAAS!, Film4 +1, Food Network, GREAT! action, GREAT! movies, GREAT! romance, GREAT! romance mix, 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, U&Dave, U&Dave ja vu, U&Drama +1, U&W.

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 Perth transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Reporting Scotland 2.4m homes 9.2%
from Glasgow G51 1DA, 78km southwest (224°)
to BBC Scotland region - 230 masts.
regional news image
STV News 0.2m homes 0.8%
from Dundee DD1 4QB, 30km east-northeast (73°)
to STV North (Dundee) region - 24 masts.

How will the Perth (Perth and Kinross, Scotland) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20102010-1327 Nov 2019

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 4 Aug 10 and 18 Aug 10.

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

Analogue 5 2kW
Analogue 1-4(-3dB) 1000W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-10dB) 200W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Angus transmitter area

Sep 1961-Jun 1997Grampian Television
Jun 1997-Dec 2014STV plc
Feb 1983-Dec 1992TV-am•
Jan 1993-Sep 2010GMTV•
Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only. Perth 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.

Friday, 30 December 2011
Dave Lindsay

6:56 PM

Al: The reason for this is because the commercial channels that don't broadcast from Perth relay transmitter choose where they wish (to pay to) broadcast from. With the 80-odd largest transmitters they serve around 90% of the population.

The additional cost to broadcast from the 1,000 or so "filler-in" relay transmitters would roughly double the cost of transmission. Because they operate on a commercial basis, they have decided not to do this.

See here for a fuller explanation:

Will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? | - independent free digital TV advice

The main option you have is Freesat.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Sunday, 29 January 2012
7:05 PM

It is a piece of nonsence that the main transmitter serving the 6th largest urban population in the country only transmits the public channels. I refuse to fill the wallets of Bransen or Murdoch just to get the service 99% of the population can receive for free.

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Fraz's 1 post GB flag

8:56 PM

Fraz: You have to look at it as though it was a local council somewhere trying to entice a large department store chain to open a store in their area, but the department store having carried out a survey beforehand and discovered that the profit levels expected from doing so would not justify the cost of opening the store.

This is exactly the same situation as with commercial multiplex operators having gathered information on just how many private companies would be willing to pay / share the operating costs of running a multiplex purely for advertising purposes "before" the multiplex is built, i.e: if only a few are seen to be interested then the operating costs would grossly outweigh any income received from providing the transmission facilities, hence nothing is provided.

The basic principles of capitalism, if it doesn't pay it doesn't get done, or in this case built!!

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Monday, 30 January 2012
Dave Lindsay

10:39 AM

Fraz: Are you referring to Sheffield?

The main transmitter for Sheffield is at Crosspool and overlooks the city. It does carry all the commercial TV channels as well as transmitters for radio including many commercial stations.

The thing with Sheffield is that it's very hilly, which means which transmitter(s) can be received from can vary quite markedly.

There are filler-in relays in Wincobank and Totley which do not carry the commercial channels.

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Lesley Wale
7:39 PM

Hello - Just wondering why we in Perth can't get Channel 10 - ITV? We have three televison sets - all the same.Channel 10 is under the Freeview list in the paper, so is there something we just don't know? Many thanks. Lesley

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Wednesday, 21 November 2012
joanna carney
8:21 PM

hi am really frustrated with the lack of freeview channels in perth area.. how can we be getting highland and islands quota when dundee transmitter is twenty miles away????

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Dave Lindsay

8:30 PM

joanna carney: Perth is in a valley which means that it can't "see" the Angus transmitter near Dundee.

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Thursday, 22 November 2012
Les Nicol

8:01 AM

Joanna - It might be worth you considering the "Freesat" option given your location. It means buying your own receiver with a dish installation. This isn't overly expensive and is a one off cost, but would resolve your limited choice of channels with "Freeview" in your area.

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Les Nicol's 991 posts GB flag
Monday, 26 November 2012
5:20 PM

Another option for full freeview service in parts of Perth and a large part of Scone is to pick up the service from Black Hill in Lanarkshire. I've successfully (means no call-backs!) installed aerials in Kinnoul hill area (Glebe terrace) and lots of locations in Scone. Might be the answer.

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