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Full Freeview on the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmitter

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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-3200,000W
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1 BBC One West Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 19 others

 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)433mDTG-3200,000W
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3 ITV (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 24 ITV4 +1, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Central west),

 H max
C40+ (626.2MHz)433mDTG-6200,000W
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45 Film4 +1, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,

 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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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, 59 ITV4 +1, 61 True Entertainment, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze +1, 83 Quest +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

 H max
C45 (666.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 60 Sony Crime Channel 2, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 62 True Movies, 71 CBS Reality 1, 73 YourTV +1, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, plus 20 others

 H -13dB
C51 (714.0MHz)433mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 31st October 2014: 7 Big Centre TV,

 H -3.5dB
C33 (570.0MHz)433mDTG-689,200W
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56 5USA +1, 57 5Spike 1, 64 CBS Action +1, 67 CBS Drama, 82 Vintage TV, 84 Quest Red +1, 87 Keep It Country, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera Eng HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD,

 H -3.7dB
C35 (586.0MHz)433mDTG-686,000W
Channel icons
55 5STAR+1, 86 More4 1, 95 Freesports, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 115 BT Showcase HD (not free), 205 CBeebies HD, plus 5 others

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 Sutton Coldfield transmitter?

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BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 15km south-southwest
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
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?

Burton (shobnall)Transposer1 km W Burton-on-Trent60 homes
CoalvilleTransposer18 km NW Leicester600 homes
SolihullTransposerLand Rover building400 homes

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

years1950s~851984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-177th Mar 2018-
aerial groupVHFB EB EEB E KB E KWB E K

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 7th September and 21st September 2011.

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.

Sunday, 11 March 2018
David Bond
7:57 PM

since retuning my freeview TV last Thursday I thought we would be receiving more HD programs not fewer, amongst the worst omissions is BBC 4 HD which I could receive well before the so called improvements but there is no channel 106 as listed on your website guide and even after several retunes I still have had no joy in receiving this once quality channel , help please !

regards Mr D. J. Bond.

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David Bond's 2 posts GB
9:01 PM

David Bond: What made you think you would get more HD channels? There have been no recent announcement of any new HD channels launching on Freeview. To answer why you have lost BBC Four HD we need to know which transmitter you're using and where you are in relation to it (please provide a full postcode so that we can access your coverage prediction).

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StevensOnln1's 1,396 posts Gold Gold GB
Monday, 12 March 2018
David Bond
9:27 AM Coventry

David Bond:
re. channel 106 missing my post code is CV5 7EJ our signal comes from the Sutton Coldfield transmitter.
Regards David Bond.

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David Bond's 2 posts GB
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10:52 AM

Can I receive receive jazz f m on freeview

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Barry's 1 post GB
3:31 PM


You may find that your Freeview DVR has a setting in the 'Settings' menu to extend the record time beyond the posted time that the programme finishes. This is usually tens of second or up to two or three minutes and is there for just such occassions when programmes overrun slightly. You may also want to check the digital clock on the DVR (if it has one) as that can sometimes affect the start stop times, if the clock is fast it will start recording early and finish early.

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Gordon's 3 posts GB
4:22 PM

Thanks Gordon for the info, but if I extend the time it sets it as a timed recording, rather than starting and ending when the programme ends, so if programmes are delayed or moved for any reason it won't then adjust the recording schedule automatically. The clock is accurate, it is displayed on front when dvr is off. Itv hd is worst for missing ends of programmes, most other channels seem to mostly accurately detect ends of programmes correctly.

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Lesley's 5 posts GB
Tuesday, 13 March 2018
12:06 AM

David Bond: Have you retuned since the frequency changes that took place at Sutton Coldfield on 7th March?

Barry: Jazz FM is not on Freeview.

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StevensOnln1's 1,396 posts Gold Gold GB
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
9:51 AM Birmingham

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
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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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