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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?

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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

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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

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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?

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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, 9 October 2019
Transmitter engineering

5:08 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 11:17 on 07 Oct to 11:18 on 07 Oct. FM: Radio 1 FM Off Air from 11:17 on 07 Oct to 11:18 on 07 Oct, Radio 2 FM Off Air from 11:17 on 07 Oct to 11:18 on 07 Oct, Radio 3 FM Off Air from 11:17 on 07 Oct to 12:00 on 07 [BBC]

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Saturday, 12 October 2019
denis flack
3:29 PM

I can get most freeview channel through my ariel direct but only 9 through the Talk Talk tv box. AT TF3 2HX Telford

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5:35 PM

denis flack:

According to the DigitalUK checker About us | Freeview you should have no problem with reception at your location.
I'm not familiar with that box, whether someone who is can post with advise I don't know. But I would suggest that you contact TalkTalk TV Support, see About TalkTalk TV - TalkTalk Help & Support
You'll see you can phone them on 0345-172 0088 or use the Live on-line Chat (if it's not busy !!).

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Chris.SE's 3,915 posts GB flag
Monday, 28 October 2019
Peter Ingram
7:03 PM

Will we be getting the Sony Christmas movies channel in nuneaton

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9:08 PM

Peter Ingram:

The simple answer is, if you don't get it now, then no, it's not very likely. Sony have chosen to broadcast this and some of its other channels only on Local Multiplexes, see Channel listings | Freeview , and whilst there is two at Sutton Coldfield, neither are believed to radiate in your direction and both are low power. There's only one change at Sutton Coldfield on 30th October, it's a small increase in power of one local multiplex UHF ch.48 from 10kW to 15kW.
You can confirm the predicted reception at you location by putting your postcode into the DigitalUK checker About us | Freeview

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Chris.SE's 3,915 posts GB flag
Thursday, 31 October 2019
Friday, 1 November 2019

1:22 AM

Steven Woolley:

Channel 4+1 is on the COM7HD multiplex which although broadcast from Sutton Coldfield, may not be receivable at your location. Go to Freeview | All your favourite TV shows, all in one place and all for free scroll down the page to the box "Check Freeview at my home" and enter your postcode and house number/name. Scroll down the following page where available channels are shown in "tiles". Below the initial block there is a "down arrow" if not all are displayed. But if you are only interested in the HD channels click on that button on the RHS of the top row (PS. if it says 13, you can get them all). If you scroll down just after half way down the page, there is a button "Detailed view". If you click on that it will show the predicted reception of transmitters and multiplexes that may be receivable at your location.

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Chris.SE's 3,915 posts GB flag
Monday, 4 November 2019
9:13 PM

When Sutton Coldfield transmitter turns off Com7 & Com8 in June 2020, will the channels listed against them above be the ones to vanish or might there be some rearrangement/horsetrading with the lower Com channels as to what is dropped? There are some useful/major HD channels within 7 & 8, as well as some minor ones, and I like others have seen the 5G clearances of 2019 make reception of Com 7 & 8 get harder.

And does anyone know how soon the interim 209Mbps period will follow the above switch-off?

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Roy's 18 posts GB flag

11:24 PM

Roy: There has been no confirmation that COM7 & COM8 will close at Sutton Coldfield next June (it has been announced that COM7/8 will close at 5 transmitters by next Summer but Sutton Coldfield is not on that list). Ofcom have previously stated that COM7 & COM8 will be able to continue broadcasting on UHF channels 55 & 56 for up to another 2 or 3 years until those frequencies start to be used by the mobile networks (those channels fall within the centre gap between the new 700MHz uplink and downlink allocations - hence why COM7/8 have been moved to those frequencies). No announcement has been made about any channels moving to other multiplexes.

I'm not sure what you mean by interim 209Mbps period?

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StevensOnln1's 3,566 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 5 November 2019

12:18 AM


I think what Roy is referring to is the speculation here Rebuilding Freeview High Definition from 2019 onwards | free and easy that once the HD muxes COMs 7&8 close then COMs 4-6 will go HD. It is of course pure speculation that they will all go HD, one may do so initially, but it will be purely a commercial decision (we think at present) by Arqiva and the broadcasters. So the answer to Roy's question is we don't know, nothing has been announced and nothing is expected to be announced soon!

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