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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) mast?

Sutton Coldfield transmitter - Sutton Coldfield transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 11/12/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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

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, plus 19 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, 107 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! 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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C45 (666.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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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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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! 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

 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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SolihullTransposerLand Rover building400 homes

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 March 2018
9:47 AM

We NEVER had any reception problems previously. Since the Freeview updates last week we can't view HD channels 106-115, Vintage 82, the new Freeview Channels and others maybe. Not only here, but also my Mum's and Sister's and neighbours all at different addresses covered by the Sutton Coldfield transmitter. I've exhausted all the retune options several times over. Usually pull in 147 channels, very occasional 155 or 173 channels... across nine TV sets we've tried without success.Signal strength between 95 and 100% on all other channels with 100% quality. If the above channels do actually pull into the guide, the screen is either blank or pixelated. I rang Freeview and emailed twice... NO RESPONSE... they indicate 'no service issues' yet it seems many people are having same problem without them taking any notice? What's happening?

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Philip's 2 posts GB flag
9:51 AM

Whoops I forgot to add postcode of B92 0DT x 2 = 1 aerial on roof, 1 aerial in loft and B37 7DE aerial in loft and to stress no issue prior to last week's retuning..

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Philip's 2 posts GB flag
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Keith Cunliffe
7:25 PM

I like the above comment re:- adverts, but I go one better, (but I have time on my hands) is to record on a hard drive ALL ITV and those on the digital channels which carry adverts, and then spend a little time editing out the adverts, so you have a complete programme,..
Eg. I am watching a rerun of the bill on earlier in the day I set the recorder on a series link to record each day, I then edit in the afternoon, and the missus and me watch it later, an hours programme actually edits to 44minutes., No edverts,..!

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Keith Cunliffe
7:31 PM

Returned on 7:03:18 all channels exactly where they should be, no problems whatsoever post code DY148UF only the local channel 48 is slightly low , strength 7 , quality 8 , all others 10/10 inc 55/56 HD channels All from Sutton Coldfield Transmitter. From our bedroom =. Line of sight, can see lights up the mast on a clear night

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Keith Cunliffe's 6 posts GB flag
Thursday, 15 March 2018

10:42 AM

Keith Cunliffe : Or you could just fast forward through the adverts, often in 30sec or 1min steps. Its much quicker.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Friday, 16 March 2018
12:17 PM

Some boxes have a skip button that you can set to specific time, 4 minute interval works great for main channels.

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Lesley's 6 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 20 March 2018
Dave Woods
10:00 PM

What has happened to freesports channel B69 1EL area

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018

12:13 PM

Dave Woods:

Freesports is on Logical Channel Number 95. It is being broadcast from Sutton Coldfield on the COM8 multiplex found on Channel 35 (586.00 MHz) and that requires a device that is fitted with a DVB-T2 tuner (a Full HD Freeview device, either TV or PVR).

Check that you can get the COM8 and that you have a DVB-T2 device.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag

3:30 PM

MikeP: COM8 moved to UHF channel 56 at Sutton Coldfield on 7th March.

Dave Woods: Have you tried retuning since the frequency change on 7th March?

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StevensOnln1's 3,570 posts GB flag
10:09 PM

Has anyone had problems with the talk sport channel on 723? Currently using a BT YouView box and for well over a month the channel seems dead. No splash logo and no sound. If I pause the live channel and press play, the sound comes back. If I change channel or turn the box off, then sound is gone again. I've tried retuning and factory resetting the box. Our second box in the bed room is also having the same issue.

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