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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 West Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 7 BBC Three, 9 BBC Four, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC Red Button 1, plus 13 others

 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)433mDTG-3200,000W
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3 ITV (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5 Part Network ads, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 14 More 4, 15 Film 4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Central west),

 H max
C40+ (626.2MHz)433mDTG-6200,000W
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45 Film 4 +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 BBC Three HD, 123 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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10 ITV 3, 20 Drama, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5*, 31 5USA, 34 ITV 3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 55 Channel 5 +24, 61 True Entertainment, 62 ITV 4 +1, 66 CBS Reality, 122 CITV, plus 20 others

 H max
C45 (666.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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 BBC Red Button 2, 11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Movie Mix, 41 Food Network, 42 Travel Channel, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 63 Community Channel, 68 truTV, 69 truTV +1, 126 Tiny Pop, 132 Sky News, 242 Vintage TV, plus 16 others

 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 21 VIVA, 24 ITV 4, 25 Dave ja vu, 38 Quest +1, 47 4seven, 58 BT Sport 1 (not free), 59 BT Sport 2 (not free), 70 CBS Action, 133 Al Jazeera English, 135 RT English , plus 18 others

 H -13dB
C51 (714.0MHz)433mDTG-1210,000W
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from 31st October 2014: 8 City TV Broadcasting, 125 Pop, plus 1 others

 H -3.5dB
C33 (570.0MHz)433mDTG-689,200W
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71 Motors TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera HD, 109 Community Channel HD, 110 Channel 4+1 HD, 111 4seven HD, 124 CBeebies HD, 134 Al Jazeera Arabic, plus 1 others

 H -13.8dB
C35 (586.0MHz)433mDTG-68,300W
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starts sometime during 2014/5:

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/324.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/340.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/427.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/48.0Mb/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
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
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

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How will the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

aerial groupVHFB EB EEB E KB E KW

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Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
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Sunday, 2 November 2014
4:01 AM

KEVIN GARDINER: Many events, like this one-

Sun 02 Nov 2014 21:00
Death in Paradise

H.264/AVC high definition video, 16:9 aspect ratio, 25 Hz
HE-AAC audio, stereo
HE-AAC receiver mix audio description for the visually impaired
DVB subtitles (normal) for display on a high definition monitor

-have two audio streams.

Could it be that you are recording only the audio description?

If both audio streams are present in your recordings, are you able so select the correct stream in your player?

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js's 49 posts Bronze Bronze GB
7:46 AM

Dave: The aerial is pointed to waltham its the only tv in the house that is tuned to west midlands

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James's 2 posts GB
8:21 AM

James: The only way of overcoming this problem is by deleting all channels stored in the tuners memory, this done by carrying out an auto-tune but with the aerial having been removed beforehand, then on completion of the scan reconnecting the aerial and making sure that a "no signal" message is seen on trying to select anything, if not, go into the tuning menu and select "manual" tune, then tune in each of the channels used by Waltham one at a time, storing them after each scan if not done automatically.

Channels used by Waltham being /

49 - 54 - 58 (HD) - 29 - 56 - 57 - 31 (COM7 HD)

By the way, the procedure you might see mentioned of removing the aerial for a percentage of the scan before reconnecting it again would not work where you are located, as the channels used by Sutton Coldfield and Waltham are too close to each other.

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jb38's 6,179 posts Platinum Platinum GB
12:22 PM Stourbridge

js: My problem doesn't concern what audio track is being played back after a recording. The audio track that gets recorded is the actual audio track of the programme that is broadcast. The audio issue has been on going since around 15th October. All HD channels are effected except ITV1. CBEEBIES AND COMMUNITY CHANNEL. Their audio level is perfect. The rest either have a stable audio track with a lower play back level, or have an un-stable audio track with variable audio levels. BBC2 has a variable audio track during broadcasting hours, but reverts back to normal audio level as soon as the daily programme schedule ends. This alone proves that something is going on with the HD multiplexes audio streams. Briantist mentioned that there could be a fibre optical feed fault going on at the transmitter site, and that they are currently reverting to their back up facility I.e. the use of Intersat 907. If they can revert back to normal audio level after shut down, then why would they need to use INTERSAT 907 back-up?

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KEVIN GARDINER's 66 posts Bronze Bronze GB
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Wednesday, 5 November 2014
2:55 AM

KEVIN GARDINER: You did not say what equipment you were using. What receiver? How do you record?

This looks related:
"...the problem is definitely there at 9pm on 14th October..."

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Clicks and pops could cause ALC based volume changes in analog recordings.

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js's 49 posts Bronze Bronze GB
3:39 PM

Hi - been having trouble with my programme guide disappearing on my Sagemcom RT190 freeview + HD box since the last channel update (when the extra HD channels were added). Turning off power usually fixes it, but sometimes it just disappears again. This is happening everyday. Is this related to the changes that were made to the channels? Anyway of fixing it?

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Lesley's 19 posts GB
Saturday, 8 November 2014
7:35 PM Stourbridge

JS: Thank you for the very informative link in your reply to my audio problem. The audio problems that folk are reporting in that blog are exactly what I'm experiencing. And the start date of this audio issue started on or around 14th October. I'm beginning to think that the audio codecs have been tweaked a bit, or that something's going wrong with their decoding somewhere. However, the problem is not on every HD channel. Channels ITV1,CBBC, CBEEBIES, BBC3 AND BBC NEWS AND AL JAZEERA have loud problem free audio ON PLAYBACK. All the rest have stable quiet audio playback or clicks and variable audio tracks. I use a laptop PCTV dongle to receive and record my tv programmes. I know that the problem has nothing to do with my laptop audio settings as I can play any recording prior to October 14th perfectly. The dongle company are investigating what's going on at this time. So far, they sent me audio and video codec keys to re-activate them. However, they haven't made any difference.They have asked me to send in files of recordings with good audio and files of bad audio since the 14th October. plus a technical log from the application. So far, they are mystified. This problem must be effecting a lot of viewers besides myself? And I hope that Aquiva put this audio fault right. I can't understand why they have altered the audio as it was perfect the way it was. And I do think that not all engineering work is reported as going on if it doesn't effect the ERP, or effects the stability of the received picture. There is something going on with the HD multiplexes audio output.

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KEVIN GARDINER's 66 posts Bronze Bronze GB
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8:29 PM Stourbridge

JS: Also, even though I know the audio codec is mpeg1/2 format, I decided to make a comparison of standard Freeview to see if it was also was effected, so i made recordings off each of the 5 multiplexes and found the following. All multiplexes working fine with stable, loud recorded audio with a stable bit stream of 15,200 odd kbps, except PSB2 multiplex ,which has a reduced bit stream of around 4,500 kbps for some un-known reason. This has been the case for about a week to my knowledge.

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