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The symbol shows the location of the Mendip (Somerset, England) transmitter which serves 720,000 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 Mendip (Somerset, England) transmitter.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

Which Freeview channels does the Mendip 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C49 (698.0MHz)591mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 17 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C54 (738.0MHz)591mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (West), 4 Channel 4 South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 24 ITV4 +1, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (West),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C58 (770.0MHz)591mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
45 Film4 +1, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,

COM4
SDN
 H max
C48 (690.0MHz)591mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
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

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C56 (754.0MHz)591mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
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

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C52 (722.0MHz)591mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
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

LBS
 H -10dB
C51 (714.0MHz)591mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd September 2014: 7 Made in Bristol,

com7
 H -1.4dB
C33 (570.0MHz)591mDTG-672,400W
Channel icons
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,

com8
 H -1.6dB
C35 (586.0MHz)591mDTG-669,100W
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 Mendip transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Points West 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Bristol BS8 2LR, 25km north
to BBC West region - 60 masts.
regional news image
ITV West Country News (East) 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Bristol BS4 3HG, 23km north
to ITV West region - 61 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with West Country (West)

Are there any self-help relays?

CheddarTransposer15 km E Weston-super-Mare1674 homes
LuccombeActive deflector6 km w Minehead38 homes

How will the Mendip (Somerset, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

years1984-971997-981998-20102010-1327/3/13-2013-1731st Mar 2018-
aerial groupC/D EEEC/D EC/D EWK
600C32BBCA
C33com7D3+4
C34BBCB
C35com8SDN
C36ArqA
C37C5C5
C48SDNSDNSDNArqB
700C49 BBCABBCA
C51LBS
C52ArqBArqBArqB
C54C4C4C4D3+4D3+4D3+4
C55+2
C56+CArqAArqAArqA
C58BBC1BBC1BBC1BBCBBBCBBBCB
C59+1
800C61ITVITVITVBBCA
C62+A
C64BBC2BBC2BBC2
C65+B
C67D

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 24th March and 7th April 2010.

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

Analogue 1-4 500kW
Analogue 5(-6dB) 126kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 100kW
com7(-8.4dB) 72.4kW
com8(-8.6dB) 69.1kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*, LBS(-17dB) 10kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Mendip transmitter area

Jan 1958-Jul 1968Television Wales and the West
Jul 1968-Feb 2004Harlech 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. Mendip 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.

Comments
Sunday, 15 July 2018
MikeP
3:52 PM

Bruce:

To get the UHD services Chris.SE is mentioning you need a broadband service of at least 24 Mbps and unlimited usage.

If that level of broadband is not available where you live, it's just not available in many rural or even some suburban afreas, then the box suggested by StevensOnln1 would be worth considering.

BTW, you will need quite a large room to accommodate a 43" TV set without sittij=ng too close to it for ergonomic comfort.



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Tuesday, 17 July 2018
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Chris.SE
12:37 AM

bruce:

I'm afraid I find MikeP's comments a trifle misleading.
IF you are going to consider investing in a new TV, THEN get yourself a 4K UHD set - you will then be reasonably future proof as 4K programme availability is going to increase significantly in a reasonably short period of time.

The speed of broadband connection that you need for 4K will depend on whether it is an "on-demand" service that you want to watch, or a "live transmission", or indeed material that you download to save and watch later. You can have a much slower connection for the latter.

Unlimited usage is certainly a good idea if you are going to stream much TV, however most broadband packages these days are unlimited usage. Ideally you do need at least 23Mbps for "on-demand in 4K", and typically 36Mbps for a "live transmission" at present.

You might find this BBC blog of interest -
https://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/blog/2017-12-uhd-hdr-trial-blue-planet-bbc-iplayer

This recent article is also quite interesting -
https://www.whathifi.com/news/6-key-facts-about-bbcs-4k-iplayer-world-cup-broadcasts
I noted this remark as very useful -
"The argument that arose during the Blue Planet II trial centred around viewers' need for 23Mbps or so to stream in 4K HDR while a 4K TV could still stream "better resolution, wide colour gamut and HLG high dynamic range" even with a slower internet speed."

Also, for standard HD streaming around 5Mbps is adequate.

I'm sure you could find a few more articles by using your favourite search engine.

As for room size and viewing distance, the suggested distances are in fact closer for HD (and so UHD) content than bog-standard SD. Typically around 5 1/2 ft - 9ft for a screen of about 43", although of course you don't have to sit that close! You'll probably find a distance of around 8-10ft a good compromise for both SD and HD.
There's quite a good Wikipedia article about viewing distances -
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optimum_HDTV_viewing_distance

If you are used to a (much) smaller screen, in my experience, the difficulty most people I've found have, is simply getting used to the large(r) screen! (as well as a suitable "surface" to put it on}. Oh, and personally I wouldn't recommend the curved screens, but that's my opinion.
Enjoy whatever you decide.

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