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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-3200,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) West Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC SD, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 18 others

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C46 (674.0MHz)433mDTG-3200,000W
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3 ITV (SD) (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Central west), 45 Film4 +1,

 H max
C40+ (626.2MHz)433mDTG-6200,000W
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86 More4 +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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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 Paramount Network, 55 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 76 Quest +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 87 Keep It Country, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 21 others

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C45 (666.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Channel, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 61 True Entertainment, 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 Justice, 42 DMAX, 47 4seven, 62 True Movies, 71 CBS Drama, 73 Sewing Quarter, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, plus 16 others

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

 H -3.5dB
C55 (746.0MHz)433mDTG-689,200W
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 Vintage TV, 57 5USA +1, 67 CBS Reality +1, 92 Pick +1, 99 Smithsonian Channel HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Aljazeera English HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, plus 2 others

 H -3.7dB
C56 (754.0MHz)433mDTG-686,000W
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 CBS Action +1, 56 5STAR +1, 64 Freesports, 83 NOW 80s, 84 Now 90s, 89 Together, 91 PBS America, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 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 (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-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-177 Mar 2018

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) by 30 June 2020 - 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.

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 2,564 posts GB
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
Tuesday, 20 March 2018
Dave Woods
10:00 PM

What has happened to freesports channel B69 1EL area

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Dave Woods's 1 post GB
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 2,702 posts GB

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 2,310 posts GB
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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Daniel's 1 post GB
Thursday, 22 March 2018

4:32 PM


Thanks for that info, I was going by the data Briantist gives at the top of the page, so that's now out of date.

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MikeP's 2,702 posts GB
Charles Herwin
5:44 PM

B295PN. Weoley Castle area.
External Rooftop aerial aimed at Sutton Coldfield, 15m 7mm coax feed.
Televes H45 Spectrum analyser test set.

All 200kW transmissions good at 68 to 70dBuV
Also Ch48 (not listed as Sutton Coldfield freq): 52dBuV MER 28dB, pic steady-Made in Birmingham & Sony chs.
Chs 33, 35 & 51 (listed as Sutton Coldfield freq with lower power): No signal whatsoever (background noise 17dBuV).
Chs 55 & 56 (not currently listed as Sutton Coldfield freqs) no lock, 55dBuV & 45dBuV with strong slope (higher end of 8mhz bandwidth 8-10dB weaker).
So since the last changes there's no reception of BBC 4 HD or BBC News HD any longer.

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Charles Herwin's 2 posts US

6:50 PM

Charles Herwin: What type of aerial do you have? If it's a Group B rather than wideband then it may be less effective at receiving UHF channels 55 & 56. Reception is predicted to be good for all Sutton Coldfield multiplexes at your postcode according to the Digital UK checker.

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StevensOnln1's 2,310 posts GB
Friday, 23 March 2018
Charles Herwin
1:26 AM

Yes, that could well be the reason for the unusual slope on the high channels, I now realise that Sutton Coldfield are using Ch 38, 55 & 56 instead the ones listed on this page.
Having moved here recently I've yet to get up to the chimney stack, but when I do I'll be sure to have a wideband aerial ready to replace it. I can always fit a filter if I get problems when the 700mhz band starts being used for mobiles. Thanks for your help.

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