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The symbol shows the location of the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmitter which serves 1,870,000 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 Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Sutton Coldfield 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
C43 (650.0MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) West Midlands, 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 18 others

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C46 (674.0MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Central west),

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C40+ (626.2MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD West Midlands, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

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C42 (642.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 Great! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

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C45 (666.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

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C39+ (618.2MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

 H -13dB
C48 (690.0MHz)433mDTG-1210,000W
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from 31st October 2014: 7 Big Centre TV,

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 Sutton Coldfield transmitter?

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BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 15km south-southwest (200°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 15km south-southwest (201°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

Are there any self-help relays?

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How will the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-137 Mar 2018

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 Sep 11 and 21 Sep 11.

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

Analogue 1-4 1000kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 200kW
com7(-10.5dB) 89.2kW
com8(-10.7dB) 86kW
LB(-20dB) 10kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-21dB) 8kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Sutton Coldfield transmitter area

Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision†
Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1981Associated TeleVision
Jan 1982-Feb 2004Central Independent Television
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. Sutton Coldfield 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, 14 December 2011
P Trivedi
6:16 PM

I live in sy44ae area. I have a roof top aerial. The problem since the change over is that Tecnic (just over two year old) recoirder only records chanels,1-5 and the rest if recording one channel no other channel can be watched or pics are frozen with broken voices. What is the problem please. Do I need a new recorder

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P Trivedi's 1 post GB flag
Thursday, 15 December 2011

8:10 PM

I have three freeview boxes. My two earlier ones are Nokia 220T (originally top-notch and quite expensive).

I have the same problem with both of those boxes as follows. However I try to install all Mutexes from Sutton Coldfield, I cannot get the programme numbers to come in correctly. For example, ITV4 should be 24, but appears as 807, and Yesterday is 802, not 12.

If I do a full reinstall, with the aerial in, the boxes tell me they find 88 new TV stations and 22 radio stations, but lock up without saving anything. Clearly some kind of memory overflow. Same if I dont put the aerial in until past MUX 21 which is picked up from Cambridge.

If I do a reinstall without the aerial in and then install individual MUXes I can get all programmes with a few numberings wrong as described. Same if I do MUX by MUX and also delete the programmes I dont need (like the sex rubbish all over the place) between tuning in each MUX.

OK, I have a working system, but the el cheepo third box does everything correctly and so much is as annoying as hell.

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David's 25 posts GB flag
Friday, 16 December 2011
Monday, 19 December 2011
4:16 PM


I live 50 miles away in Belper, Derbyshire.

If you say that the signal strength levels are low where you live, how is it that I can signal strength levels from Sutton Coldfield on my Freeview HD television and DVD recorder on ALL channel, in all weather condition, at about 70% to 75% where I live?

The signal strength levels here are now also a lot higher than they were before the switch over.

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Stephen's 2 posts GB flag
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Dave Lindsay

7:51 PM

Stephen: It is not simply the distance from the transmitter that determines strength. One other factor is line of sight.

For example, there are people who live within a few miles of high-power transmitters but cannot get a signal from it because they live behind a hill down in a valley.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
7:05 PM

Bought Humax HDR-FOX T2. Can you please tell me how to get broadband onto my tv from computer in next room?

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Valerie's 5 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 21 December 2011
Paul Norris
12:41 PM

Valerie: Assuming that you have a router with Wifi, the cheapest option is to buy an Edimax Wifi stick from Amazon, official name 'Wireless nLite High Gain USB Adapter' type EW-7711UAN which will couple to the Wifi at 150Mbps which is fast enough for ordinary BB at 6-8 Mbps. It comes with a nice remote mount which you can tuck behind the TV. Plug it into either the Front or rear USB Socket on the Humax (I used the front originally because the Humax didn't recognise the stick at the back at first. No problem subsequently).
Navigate to the Internet Page on the Humax and select the connect by Wifi option, select your network from those you can see and put in your Wifi password (should be WPA2 type). It requires the latest Humax Software of June/July 2010 from memory. Mine also seemed to require to download and install an additional file from Humax first.You'll know the stick is working as the green access light will start flashing when you are downloading. Do note that as the Humax is a Linux Box it will not accept a password with spaces in it!
The web offering are not very wide with only the reduced iPlayer being of much use to me. Still no sign of 4OD or ITVPlayer yet! It's a bit clunky and you cannot just connect to your ISP home page or anything like that!

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Paul Norris's 1 post GB flag
Thursday, 22 December 2011
9:37 AM

I'm having some picture breakup on COM5 and COM6 (Sky News, Dave, Film 4)

I live just north of Kidderminster.

All other channels are perfect.

I use an amplified 2 way splitter (to split the signal to two separate TV Cards in my PC).

Any ideas? Looks like all MUX have the same power - so if I can get one mux perfectly, should I not be able to get the others too? Or does it not work like this?

My only guess is that the signal is too strong and I should replace the amplified splitter with a non-amplified one?

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revs's 3 posts GB flag
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