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The symbol shows the location of the Salisbury (Wiltshire, England) transmitter which serves 31,000 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 Salisbury (Wiltshire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Salisbury transmitter broadcast?

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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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C41 (634.0MHz)153mDTG-2,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) South, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 17 others

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C44- (657.8MHz)153mDTG-2,000W
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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),

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C47 (682.0MHz)153mDTG-2,000W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD South, 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

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C29 (538.0MHz)153mDTG-82,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

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C31- (553.8MHz)152mDTG-82,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's Christmas, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

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C37 (602.0MHz)152mDTG-82,000W
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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 others

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
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The Salisbury (Wiltshire, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: .

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 Salisbury transmitter?

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BBC South Today 1.3m homes 4.9%
from Southampton SO14 7PU, 32km east-southeast (120°)
to BBC South region - 39 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.9m homes 3.6%
from Whiteley PO15 7AD, 44km east-southeast (116°)
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 Salisbury (Wiltshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

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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 7 Mar 12 and 21 Mar 12.

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

Analogue 1-4 10kW
Analogue 5, SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 2kW
Mux 1*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*(-10dB) 1000W
Mux D*(-11.9dB) 640W
Mux 2*(-14.9dB) 320W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Rowridge 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. Salisbury 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.

Monday, 27 June 2016

1:39 PM

Richard Cooper et al:

Judging by the number of posts on this subject it may be that a fault has developed either at the transmitter or in the link feeding the data signals to the transmitter. Reporting such to the BBC is a good first move.

That does not counter the fact that some TVs have an adjustment for such delays and these can alter when software updates are sent out.

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Richard Cooper

3:48 PM

MikeP: Hi, Mike. Regarding software updates, since starting to contribute to a few weeks ago, I must say I haven't really read or seen any discussion on software updates until you raised the subject just now! Maybe, in itself, it would make an interesting thread or even a whole UKFREE.TV website topic for Briantist to consider, bearing in mind there are software updates for many different items of tv and radio receiving kit these days!

Regarding reporting suspected faults to the BBC, I have increasingly been encouraging correspondents to do that today! Regards, Richard, Norwich.

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8:55 PM

Thought this might be helpful to people: I did a reconnaissance mission to Waitrose in Salisbury today. They have the remotes available on all the TVs which are streaming BBC1HD so you can change channel and turn the audio up. I tested 2 Sony TV's which were doing the same jittering as I'm getting at home and I also tested a few Samsung TV's, LG and another brand which I can remember and, lo and behold, they all had lip-sync issues on HD channels. So I guess this makes it even clearer!
This afternoon I've had no HD issues for the first time in a couple of weeks, so either fingers crossed the transmission is sorted or perhaps it's just a good spell. The Waitress trip eased my anxieties about it being our brand new tv though!!

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11:28 PM

Hani: When new TV's come out, the software should normally be updated automatically, especially since most are now smart. However, you can get software problems with some - Samsung had some problems two years ago, which were quickly patched.

However, if different makes of TV's/PVR's etc are all having the same problem, then its not you, its the trasnmitted signal, which is what it seemed to be in this case.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 28 June 2016
4:38 PM

Tuesday 28th June 1630

Just checked my TV and all HD Freeview channels are in sync on my Samsung 4K TV. YouView also sorted so there must have been some work on the Salisbury transmitter in the last day or so.

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Paul Bevis
7:12 PM

Good news folks - I agree, all HDD channels are working fine again here in SP4. today (Monday 28th) My Samsung TV has no lip sync problems, and my wife's Hitachi recorder is also receiving the HDD channels perfectly again. In both cases, no futher adjustments or re-tuning was carried out on either device. Whether I will get the promised report from the BBC Engineering department or not remains to be seen, but I will let you all know what they say if they do.

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Paul Bevis's 4 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 29 June 2016
5:05 PM

Yes everyone, the reception has come back online fully now, so all HD channels on our new Sony 48 inch TV are all working.

Lets hope they have sorted this all out.

If anyone hears anything official about what occurred, please inform all of us.


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David Smith
8:57 PM

Paul Bevis: Just checked my HD channels tonight (Wednesday) and the lip sync problem has gone and I can now pause live TV and record HD via my Panasonic Blu Ray recorder with sound restored and without any trace of jerking

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Friday, 1 July 2016
Paul Bevis
5:25 PM

Hello everyone

Please see below the excellent response that I have just received from the BBC. Please note that whilst talking to the engineer, he welcomed "someone reporting the problem". He said that it was impossible to monitor all services all of the time, and appreciated our input as well as the confirmation that the new exciter that was fitted at the transmitter, continues to have cured the problem for us. Below I quote, with the permission of the BBC engineer, the complete written confirmation:-

Dear Paul
Reference CAS-3890188-8CDK73
Thank you very much for contacting us concerning the 'synchronisation' problem on BBC HD services.
We passed your report to our transmission provider, Arqiva, and I am happy to confirm, that as a result of their investigation a fault was detected and resolved. I am sorry for any inconvenience this has caused to you and to other viewers watching the Salisbury transmitter.
I am happy for you to post the above on the forum in order to inform the other viewers who were experiencing problems.
As discussed on the phone if you did want to provide feedback for the way our telephone agent handled your telephone call , we would be glad to pass this on to him and his managers.
Please address a letter to Mr Alan Boyle, Head of Spectrum & Investigations, PO Box 1922, Darlington, DL3 0UR
Yours sincerely
Kind regards
James Kelly
BBC Audience Services

I will indeed write to Alan, as I was most impressed by the way that he handled my call, and to the subsequent response and repair that was carried out..

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Richard Cooper

9:45 PM

Paul Bevis: Hi, Paul. I am of the opinion that you have received a very impressive service, both from the telephone call handler and from BBCAudience Services. It just demonstrates to me that if a viewer or a listener has a valid reception issue, then it is worth informing the powers that be so that something can be done to rectify the situation. I say, "Well Done Paul for taking this on" when others will have 'shied away'! Richard, Norwich.

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