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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.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Waltham (Leicestershire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Waltham 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
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
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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 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
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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.

Friday, 28 June 2013
9:49 PM

For comparison, in respect of the program on Faberge Eggs shown on BBC1 last night, VLC Codec Info shows 4 streams:

Subtitle; DVB Subtitles (dvbs) English
Stream 1:
Video; MPEG-1/2 Video (mpgv);
720x576; fr 25; Planar 4:2:0 YUV
Audio; MPEG Audio layer 1/2/3 (mpga);
English; Stereo; sr 48000; br 256
Audio as stream 2 but mono.

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John's 20 posts GB flag
9:58 PM

I forgot the important bit..
In VLC Video Tracks show 4 tracks for Britain's Secret Homes (ITV tonight) but only 1 track for Faberge Eggs, BBC1 last evening.
I think that matches your findings (but then I wandered off looking at codecs..:-).

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John Pilkington
10:37 PM

Emmerdale again. ITV1, Waltham.
7 streams, 4 are video.

Other muxes show only 1 video stream.

Stream 0. Type Video. Original ID 514.
Codec MPEG-1/2 Video (mpgv)
Resolution 704x576. Frame rate 50.
Decoded format Planar 4:2:0 YUV

Stream 1.Type Audio. Original ID 652
Codec MPEG Audio layer 1/2/3 (mpga)
Language English. Channels Stereo.
Sample rate 48000 Hz. Bitrate 192 kb/s

Stream 2. Type Audio. Original ID 662
Codec, Language, as stream 1.
Description: visual impaired commentary

Stream 3. Type Subtitle. Original ID 1027
Codec DVB Subtitles (dvbs)
Language English
Description DVB subtitles

Stream 4. Type Video. Original ID 2051
Codec MPEG-1/2 Video {mpgv)

Stream 5. As stream 4 but ID 2251

Stream 6. As stream 4 but ID 2252


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John Pilkington's 15 posts GB flag
10:54 PM

Similar streams, different numbers. Wouldn't surprise me if MS mix 'em up for the fun of it :-)

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John's 20 posts GB flag
11:01 PM

I wouldn't be at all surprised if the WMC/Waltham PSB2 problem isn't simpler (or sillier) than the path we're treading.

As I mentioned before, I found if I switched quickly between BBC2 and ITV1 then the latter would often kick in. Initially this was after just a few switches. Latterly I gave up beyond about 20.

Then I found that if I shut down WMC with ITV1 selected and showing a black screen, quite often the channel was available when I started WMC again. (That's how I managed to record 'Britain's Secret Homes' at about 9pm this evening.

It is as if WMC ITV1 needs a kick to get going..

These tricks don't seem to work on Ch5.

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Saturday, 29 June 2013
John Pilkington
12:29 PM

All the info I have posted so far has been taken from files recorded by MythTV. I've just tried the VLC 'Codec info' tool while watching live TV with VLC

Media > Open Capture Device > TV (digital) > DVB-T > Mux freq 737833 > Bandwidth 8 Mhz > Play

and selecting within the mux by

Playback > Programme

The stream analysis looks similar and the EPG info comes up too. You might get more insights from this if the Windows version works in the same way. Good luck!

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John Pilkington's 15 posts GB flag
9:39 PM

Hi John,

VLC controls in Windows are very similar, but at the moment I can't make your suggestion work.

I'll try later.. thanks

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John's 20 posts GB flag
Sunday, 30 June 2013
7:49 AM

has anyone tried changing their live TV decoder playback in WMC - I have but Im on 64bit so even though it 's supposed to work ,it doesnt seem to

Announcing MCDU The Media Center Decoder Utility (replaces VMCD) | The Digital Lifestyle.comThe Digital

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Mark's 3 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 2 July 2013
Darren Cotton
9:43 AM

Based in Leicester with two media centres both of which have experienced blackouts on ITV1, Ch5, ITV2 Ch4+1 along with a couple of random channels I never watch.

Both PC have different hardware and tuners and nothing has changed on either machine and this all started about a month ago!

So my thoughts are this...Transmitter had some work done its and WMC doesn't support the changes! Microsoft are clearly no longer supporting media centre so unlikely to get a patch off them! So someone at the transmitter ideally reconfigure the sign to cover all tuners out there including WMC or we are all going have to buy set top boxes to watch and record the missing channels!

All this for 4G...

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Thursday, 4 July 2013
Paul Stableford
3:46 PM

Hi, I am hoping somebody can help me, I have a samsung bd-e8900 tuned to Waltham, I cannot receive the HD channels through Auto or manual tuning (ch58), I have hard reset, latest firmware, I did have a technika HD freeview which picked up all 4 HD channels fine with the normal cable, I have tried normal cable and then 3 different signal boosters, all freeview SD channels are fine, pick up 109 inc radio (some of which are dupes), This device has twin HD tuners so I cannot understand why I am having so much difficulty, I don't know the quality but they all look fine with varying signal strengths, any help would be much appreciated!

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