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The symbol shows the location of the Bretch Hill (Oxfordshire, England) transmitter which serves 7,600 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 Bretch Hill (Oxfordshire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Bretch Hill 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.

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C29 (538.0MHz)196mDTG-387W
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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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 18 others

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C31 (554.0MHz)196mDTG-387W
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3 ITV (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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Central west),

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C37 (602.0MHz)196mDTG-687W
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56 5SELECT, 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 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 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
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 43 Freeview channels?

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The Bretch Hill (Oxfordshire, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Aljazeera English, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBS Reality, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, CITV, YAAAS!, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, Film4 +1, Food Network, GB News, GREAT! movies, GREAT! movies action, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, pick, POP MAX, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky News, Smithsonian Channel, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's TV (UK), Together TV, W, Yesterday +1.

If you want to watch these channels, your aerial must point to one of the 80 Full service Freeview transmitters. For more information see the will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? page.

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Bretch Hill transmitter?

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BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 60km northwest (322°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 60km northwest (322°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

How will the Bretch Hill (Oxfordshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-137 Mar 2018

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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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, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 87W

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. Bretch Hill 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.

Monday, 10 January 2011
Transmitter engineering

4:43 PM

BRETCH HILL transmitter - 13 January 2011: Engineering transmitter work will take place between 08:00hrs and 18:00hrs. TV services that will be disrupted: Analogue services - BBC1, BBC2, ITV & Channel 4. Digital services - N/A [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 138,029 posts xx
Friday, 21 January 2011
8:52 AM

Since last Thursday 13th Jan 2011 we have not been able to get BBC 2 in Banbury . Everything was ok before the work was done on the Bretch Hill Transmitter on that date when we lost all channels for several hours. We are just on analogue service. I have retuned the TV but it does not find BBC 2. Apparently there was a power failure on Wed Night (19th Jan) in Bretch Hill and for that hour we had a clear picture on BBC 2. Any help would be appreciated

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Mark's 5 posts GB

9:01 AM

Mark: I'm a bit confused. How did your TV manage to scan for analogue channels and not find BBC TWO, and then show BBC TWO?

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
9:09 AM

Sorry, my fault. When i say we didn't have BBC2 I mean we had sound but the picture had lines/snowy on it so was impossible to really see what was happening. Then when power went in bretch hill on Wed night we had a clear picture. Later that evening when power was restored in Bretch Hill area the picture was unviewable again. So yesterday i tried to retune but now it doesn't find BBc 2 at all. Hope that is clearer now. Thanks

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Mark's 5 posts GB
Saturday, 22 January 2011
11:44 PM

I have had the same problem since the 13th BBC2 picture really fuzzy but does not seem to be weak signal. Am running of an amplified set top ariel as I can't get a signal on my freeview box since moving to Banbury. Like many posters have said previously need massive rooftop Arials and in a rented listed building that is probably not feasible. All other channels apart from bbc2 are crystal clear.

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Tara's 2 posts GB
Sunday, 23 January 2011
11:20 AM

So does anyone know if we will ever get a clear picture back on BBC 2 again if we are just an analogue TV user? What hope have I got if the auto tuner on the TV can't even find BBC 2 any more? Any help appreciated

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M's 5 posts GB
11:22 AM

Above comment still concerning Banbury. Thanks

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Mark's 5 posts GB
V Hampson
12:39 PM

Same here very fuzzy unwatchable signal BBC2 from Bretch Hill. Other channels fine.

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V Hampson's 1 post GB
Monday, 24 January 2011
Mike Dimmick

1:36 PM

All Banbury residents having problems with Bretch Hill: go to BBC - Help receiving TV and radio and enter your postcode under 'Diagnose your problem'. Follow the wizard through, selecting the appropriate options: I picked 'Lost BBC Channels', 'Television', 'Analogue'. Once it lists the transmitters (and tells you there are no problems), select 'No' next to 'Did this answer your question', and it will take you to another page, where you can report the problem.

It could be that they've made a mistake in setting up the new equipment. This site and some others say that all channels are 87W but Ofcom's analogue transmitter page says it's supposed to be 348W for BBC Two, four times stronger (or 6dB). This could be to allow for the fact that channel 48 is used for a digital multiplex at the Oxford transmitter.

I don't know why a power cut would have corrected the problem temporarily, though, unless it cut off some other source of interference. (RG47SH)

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB
Friday, 28 January 2011
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