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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?

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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.

 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, plus 19 others

 H max
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, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H max
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! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H max
C45 (666.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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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 TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

 H -13dB
C48 (690.0MHz)433mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
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?

regional news image
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.

Saturday, 21 December 2013

10:11 PM

yes i agree with you Mike P about the viewing figures. However, they do show one thing clearly, in that the case for switching to HD has not yet been won. It's ok for the BBC etc and Ofcom wanting to push the HD format, but do the British public actually want it? Like you point out, most seem to quite happy watching standard Freeview as long as they get a interference free picture and sound on their tv. And most folk want quality television programmes over a quantity of channels that most don't want to watch .The of the main reasons for the push towards HD is to be ahead of the competition in the field of digital technology. However, the HD format won't be the U.K. standard till 2018, yet in the meamtime, the BBC are, and have been busy trying out test field recordings of a newer even more superior format called 4K. That's 8 mega pixel resolution.The BBC have already commented on the format and have said although it's a great format to record in, it would be far too expensive to convert for transmission. if this is the case, why are they bothering with it? perhaps, one day they will create a codec suitable to compress the data stream enough to transmit it, or if not, convert it down enough to carry the stream via cable when the guaranteed data stream via cable is 100mb or more nationwide in around 2030 or before. I think by 2030 terrestrial television will discontinue and we will all receiver our tv programmes via cable or satellite.

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10:49 PM

KEVIN GARDINER: The HD format is pretty much standard as far as the market is concerned (and 2018 is a long way off!), even in the OLED technology. 4K is far from being commercially broadcast, and as one commentator pointed out recently, streaming just one 4K movie will cost you 40gb of bandwidth, so it will be interesting to see how that goes, considering the state of bandwidth generally.

If I show customers a better picture, they'll want it, if its at the right price etc. Since its at the right price, and standard (or easily upgradable), HD will grow substantually over the next year or two to the tipping point. Think of when the first DVD players came out, both in terms of market penetration, cost, etc. Is there anyone who would prefer to watch now on video rather than DVD? DVD didn't need to be sold on the whole, it just needed to be cheap enough.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag

11:18 PM

KEVIN GARDINER: I had a quick check on Curry's website to see just how many TV's they had which just had a Freeview tuner (my employer tend to stock fewer lower end and own brand TV's, which are more likely to just have a DVB tuner - only 11 out of 147 have just a DVB tuner, of all sizes).

For 32in and over, out of 192 from Currys, just 16 were DVB, the rest were T2. Below 32in, the DVB equiped ones made up the majority, but these are often sold on price, and were from makes that were not generally known. For peoples main rooms,at the very least, HD will be standard.

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Sunday, 22 December 2013
Paul K
2:09 PM

Since the launch of the additional HD channels (COM 7) on the 10th Dec, I am now struggling to get a decent signal for the original set of HD channels (PSB3/BBCB).

Although COM7 (channel 33) is broadcasting at less than 1/20th of the power compared to PSB3 (channel 40), I am receiving a signal strength of 42%, but now the PSB3 signal has dropped from between 42% - 50% down to only 27% and suffering constant breakups/freezing.

My aerial is situated in the loft (not ideal I know, but it has always worked fine) and pointed at Sutton Coldfield transmitter. It is connected to a Humax Fox HDR-T2. My tv only has SD tuner but full HD panel, so I can't compare the signal levels between the two.

Additionally the SD channels are also now very poor. Ironically I am now alble to pick up slightly more stable SD and HD channels from the Waltham transmitter, which normally is way too low a signal (with aerial still pointed at Sutton Coldfield).

I know the usual advice is to check the aerial, cables, etc., but this sort of thing happens everytime any engineering work takes place at Sutton Coldfield, then if I'm lucky, a few weeks later the signal improves for a few months without any issues, all without me checking/changing anything in my setup.

From other peoples posts, it does affect many people (and around the country with other transmitters at the same time also), not just me, so it can't just be down to our individual setups.

Anyone have any suggestions as to why the received signal levels differ so much?

I am seriously thinking of giving up on Terrestrial Freeview altogether, it's been very poorly implemented in my opinion. It's looking like Freesat is the only option to get a constantly usable signal.

P.S. My postcode is CV10 9RH

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Tuesday, 24 December 2013
Paul K
11:49 AM

Update to my previous post.

I can only receive HD for BBC Four, BBC News, Al Jazeera.

All other HD broadcasts are showing zero signal level for both Sutton Coldfield and Waltham transmitters.

What's going on?

Xmas tv is going to be fuzzy SD only by the looks of it!

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Paul K's 2 posts GB flag
Sunday, 29 December 2013
12:27 PM

I am having a issue trying to get HD ie channels 33 and 40 i have a max output of 80 on my dvb-t finder but still no luck. any suggestions my Post code is DE110UB

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Bruce's 6 posts GB flag
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1:48 PM

Bruce: What brand / model number of TV or box are you using? as whatever you are using has to be fitted with a DVB-T2 tuner and not DVB-T.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
3:28 PM

jb38: using a sharp TU-R252H the finder was only being used to tune in my aerial

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3:52 PM

Bruce: Yes, but the Sharp is not really of any use for that type of test as its incapable of responding to DVB-T2 signals thereby giving the impression that none exist.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
3:56 PM

what do you suggest then

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