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The symbol shows the location of the Waltham (Leicestershire, England) transmitter which serves 770,000 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 Waltham (Leicestershire, England) mast?

Waltham transmitter - Waltham transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 27/05/2024 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 Waltham 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
C32 (562.0MHz)442mDTG-50,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) East Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 17 others

 H max
C34 (578.0MHz)442mDTG-50,000W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Central (East 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),

 H max
C35 (586.0MHz)442mDTG-50,000W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD East 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 -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)442mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
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 -3dB
C37 (602.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
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 -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
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 -10dB
C41 (634.0MHz)442mDTG-125,000W
Channel icons
from 27th May 2014: 7 Notts 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 Waltham transmitter?

regional news image
BBC East Midlands Today 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Nottingham NG2 4UU, 28km northwest (306°)
to BBC East Midlands region - 17 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 83km west-southwest (244°)
to ITV Central (East) region - 17 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (West)

Are there any self-help relays?

BraunstoneTransposer5 km SW Leicester city centre170 homes

How will the Waltham (Leicestershire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

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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 17 Aug 11 and 31 Aug 11.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-5 250kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 50kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 25kW
com8(-12.7dB) 13.4kW
com7(-13.9dB) 10.2kW
Mux 1*(-14dB) 10kW
Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-14.9dB) 8kW
Mux C*, Mux D*, LNG(-17dB) 5kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Waltham 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. Waltham 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, 23 June 2013
Steve Hatton
6:54 PM

Good find. How do we get someone to check it? Lol

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Monday, 24 June 2013
John Pilkington
9:02 AM

I have added before-and-after extracts from my logs from the ProjectX demuxer to the thread on MythTV-users that I quoted on 20 June. They may help. Both recordings from Waltham, Channel 4.

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John Pilkington's 15 posts GB flag
Friday, 28 June 2013
12:11 PM

Does anybody have a fix for this issue? I have 2 htpc's with different tv tuners in them and both exhibit the same fault. The has to be a way to fix this? Because my whole setup runs on mce and extenders. It would seem that either Microsoft or the broadcasters should be able to remedy the situation. I am sure that Microsoft will suggest that the issue lies with the broadcaster since the problem didn't exist until after the change over.

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Steve Hatton
1:35 PM

Still having the same fault. I'm having to use my single freesat tuner to help cope. But no very ideal.

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Steve Hatton's 10 posts GB flag
2:12 PM

I am using WMC in Windows 7 with a Kworld KW-PC160-2T duel tuner card, I am in Alvaston, Derby

Previous to the retune on May 13 this year, which was required because Public Service Broadcasting on Mux 1 (BBC1, BBC2, BBC3 etc.) was moved from channel 61 (794Mhz) to channel 49 (698Mhz) I would occasionally lose those programmes on Mux 5 (754Mhz) (Pick TV, Dave, E4+1, etc.).
This above problem has persisted for about 18 Months.

Since the 'retune' I have lost the programmes on Mux 2 (737.833Mhz) (ITV 1, Channel 4, Channel 5, ITV 2, etc. but the good news is Mux 5 has not exhibited problems since.

I have been pulling my hair out and then scratching my bald scalp trying to find out why? As previous posters have noted, these programmes can be displayed using VLC so why not WMC?

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Dominic Payer
4:13 PM


Intermittent or no reception in Microsoft Windows Media Center on PSB2 (channels 3, 4, 5, 6, 13, 14, 28 and 33) from Waltham. All other channels from Waltham received successfully.

When arising

After the frequency change for PSB1 on 29th May 2013. There have been subsequent engineering works at Waltham which may be the cause of the issue.


The Waltham transmitter is operated by Arqiva. Reception problems should be notified as specified at UK House - Arqiva .

I have been in contact with Digital UK, and understand that they have had contact with Arqiva.
1. Digital UK is not a technical support location.
2. I understand that Arqiva say they have changed only the frequency for PSB1 at Waltham, and would only be at fault if the problem receiving equipment carried the Freeview logo. It is difficult to understand how a frequency change on PSB1 could have changed the technical detail of the transmission on PSB2.

Microsoft offers no technical support for Windows Media Center, despite its being sold at retail with Windows XP, Vista and 7 and as an add-on Windows 8. See
Microsoft Support
. The Microsoft forums at Home - Microsoft Community are user to user forums: Microsoft provides the forums but they are not Microsoft technical support forums.

Digital UK say mine is the only formal notification they have received. More notifications might provoke action. It would be helpful, but may not be significant, to say which version of Windows you are using. Email or phone from the Contact us box on Digital UK - Home .

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Dominic Payer's 20 posts GB flag
5:35 PM

Hi All,
Small change here - but first to summarize the position (here - can't speak for anywhere

Problem is with Waltham mux PSB2:
(On or Off is the normal situation when using WMC - sowing picture or not. More4 I haven't

figured yet!)

ITV1 3 Off
Channel4 4 On
Channel5 5 Off
ITV2 6 Off
Channel4+1 13 On
More4 14 On/Off
E4 28 Off
ITV1+1 33 Off

This is mollified by having duplicate channels on different muxes as follows:
Ch5+1 44 On
ITV2+1 27 On
E4+1 29 On

So my problem is really limited to ITV1 - what idiot puts the duplicate channel on the same


Last weekend I happened to be on PC World's site and found they had a Hauppauge WinTV Aero

stick reduced from £59.99 to £19.99. I bought one - it arrived this morning.
I plugged it into my laptop (it was intended for a netbook but that machine has no CD drive)

plugged in a lead from the same splitter/amplifier as the other machines, loaded the Hauppauge

drivers, set up WMC and went for lunch while broadcasts were scanned.
As you might guess the first channel I looked at was ITV1. It works! It is by the side of me

as I write and it is still working!
I checked my main machine. ITV still black screen. I switched Hauppauge's Diversity mode on

(this has the effect of combining the two tuners to bring in a weak signal). After several

reboots and rescanning WMC I found no change. I applied the drivers for the stick received

this morning to the main machine's tuners. No change, still black screen.
But then I found that if I switched from BBC2 to ITV1 quickly and a number of times

(frustration building up :-)) I pulled in ITV1.
This is ridiculous! I do not believe it, so I have just left this box and done it again. Kick

up WMC select ITV1 - black screen. Select BBC2 let it steady then select ITV1 - this time ITV1

came in first try..
Suggestions welcome...

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John's 20 posts GB flag
5:37 PM

Sorry about the formatting - tried three times to send, fortunately had copied into NotePad. Hope it makes sense..

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John Pilkington
8:15 PM

As further confirmation of what I've said earlier, I've just used the VLC 'Codec info' tool to examine a recording of 'Ennerdale', ITV1 from Waltham, made a few minutes ago. I can't copy-and-paste it, but that shows 4 video streams too. Only the first stream has values for Resolution, Frame rate and Decoded format.

Video IDs are 514, 2051, 2251, 2252

The Video 'Track selector' shows 4 tracks, all of which play identically.

This seems to be specific to the PSB2 mux from Waltham, and it has affected all my recordings since the PSB1 frequency shift. It may not be an intended change, and I don't know if it really is responsible for the WMC problems, but it's there.

VLC media player 2.0.7 Twoflower, Fedora 17

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John Pilkington's 15 posts GB flag
9:42 PM

Hi John P,
I recorded Britain's Secret Homes a few minutes ago ITV1 from Win7 Media Centre.
VLC codec info reports 7 streams!
Streams 0, 1 and 6 are the same:
Video; Mpeg 1/2 Video (mpgv)
Stream 2:
Subtitle; DVB Subtitles (dvbs)
Audio; MPEG Audio layer 1/2/3 (mpga)
English; Stereo; sr 48000; br 192
Stream 4:
Video; Mpeg 1/2 Video (mpgv)
704x576; fr 25; Planar 4:2:0 YUV
Stream 5:
As stream 3 but mono

No video ID is given. It may be interesting to see which four you saw.

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