Full Freeview on the Pontop Pike (County Durham, England) transmitter
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The symbol shows the location of the Pontop Pike (County Durham, England) transmitter which serves 700,000 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 problemsThe BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Pontop Pike (County Durham, England) transmitter.
Which Freeview channels does the Pontop Pike 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.
1 BBC One North East and Cumbria, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 16 others 200 BBC Red Button, 700 BBC Radio 1, 701 BBC Radio 1Xtra, 702 BBC Radio 2, 703 BBC Radio 3, 704 BBC Radio 4, 705 BBC Radio 5 Live, 706 BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, 707 BBC Radio 6 Music, 708 BBC Radio 4 Extra, 709 BBC Asian Network, 710 BBC World Service, 719 BBC Newcastle (BBC local radio), 720 BBC York (BBC local radio), 721 BBC Cumbria (BBC local radio), 722 BBC Tees (BBC local radio),
3 ITV (Tyne Tees), 4 Channel 4 North ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Tyne Tees),
45 Film4 +1, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD North ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 123 CBBC HD,
10 ITV3, 20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 My5, 58 ITV Be +1, 61 True Entertainment 1, 62 ITV4 +1, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 83 Blaze, 84 Blaze +1, 122 CITV, plus 16 others 16 QVC, 39 TJC Choice, 85 Hochanda, 170 ADULT Section (start), 171 Television X, 182 Xpanded TV promo, 226 CCTV, 231 Racing UK, 234 CONNECT 4, 239 SonLife, 244 VisionTV, 246 JSTV, 247 kykNET, 724 Capital, 727 Absolute Radio, 728 Heart,
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 68 truTV, 69 Tru TV +1, 72 YourTV, 132 Sky News, plus 12 others 23 Create and Craft, 43 Gems TV, 49 TJC, 65 TBN UK, 173 ADULT smileTV3, 175 ADULT PARTY, 176 ADULT Blue, 177 ADULT Babestn2, 207 Kiss Me TV, 208 Proud Dating, 723 talkSPORT, 730 RNIB Connect,
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 Spike, 38 Quest +1, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 59 BT Showcase (not free), 64 CBS Action, 71 CBS Drama, 73 YourTV +1, 79 Dave ja vu, plus 19 others 22 Ideal World, 35 QVC Beauty, 36 QVC Style, 125 Pop, 135 RT, 172 ADULT smileTV2, 174 Babestation, 199 ADULT Section (end), 711 The Hits radio, 712 KISS FRESH, 713 Kiss, 714 KISSTORY, 715 Magic, 716 heat, 717 Kerrang!, 718 Smooth radio, 725 Premier Radio, 731 Classic FM, 732 LBC,
from 22nd September 2014: 7 Made in Tyne and Wear,
56 5USA +1, 57 VIVA, 67 CBS Reality +1, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 82 Vintage TV, 87 Keep It Country, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera Eng HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, 124 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others 77 Rishtey, 245 Planet Knowledge,
55 5STAR+1, 63 Community Channel, 86 More4 1, 91 Front Runner TV, plus 4 others 40 Rocks and Co, 88 Rishtey Cineplex, 111 QVC HD, 112 QVC Beauty HD,
DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)
Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Pontop Pike transmitter?
BBC Look North (Newcastle) 1.6m homes 6.0%
from Newcastle NE99 2NE, 15km northeast
to BBC North East and Cumbria region - 70 masts.
ITV Tyne Tees News 1.4m homes 5.4%
from Gateshead NE11 9SZ, 12km north-northeast
to ITV Tyne Tees region - 47 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with Border
Are there any self-help relays?
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How will the Pontop Pike (County Durham, England) transmission frequencies change over time?
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orange background for multiplexes names more
green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: 4G from 30 June 2020more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 12th September and 26th September 2012.
How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?
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|PreDSO-BBCB*, Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*||(-17dB) 10kW|
Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Pontop Pike transmitter area
Robert Driscoll: The BBC haven't announced any dates for any regional news programs to begin broadcasting in HD yet. Although they have previously suggested that they could start rolling out HD regions in England this year, but no further details have been announced yet.
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In the part of England where I live there is a very bright light in the sky that appears to be stationary and is too low to be a planet or star - is this some kind of geostationary satellite? I live within one mile of Pontop Pike TV Mast
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Neville Bougourd: It is very definitely high in the sky - far too high to be on any building on this planet! My neighbours think it is Venus, but it is always in the same position, always very bright but it looks too close to be a planet. I have lived here for more than 30 years but I have only noticed it in the last 3/4 years
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It is definitely not a satellite in geo-stationary orbit as they are over 37000 km above the Equator, so far too far away to be seen with the naked eye from the ground - nor even with binoculars. A very large optical telescope might allow you to see such.
It is also not a planet as they are constantly moving across the sky as are the stars.
So that leaves a light on a man-made structure. All tall masts are requires to show a navigation warning light, which is almost always red. You don't say what colour the light appears to be nor in which direction from your location (we don't know where you live as you have not given a post code). That it appears to have been there for at least a few years means it is probably a mast with a warning light for aircraft.
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