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The symbol shows the location of the Clacton (Essex, England) transmitter. 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 Clacton (Essex, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Clacton 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
C49 (698.0MHz)47mDTG-3400W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) East, 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 15 others

 H max
C52 (722.0MHz)47mDTG-3400W
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3 ITV (SD) (Anglia (East micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Anglia east),

 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)47mDTG-6400W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 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, 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?

the effected channels
the effected channels
the effected channels
the effected channels

The Clacton (Essex, 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 Player, 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 Clacton transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Look East (East) 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Norwich NR2 1BH, 92km north (2°)
to BBC East region - 27 masts.
70% of BBC East (East) and BBC East (West) is shared output
regional news image
ITV Anglia News 0.8m homes 3.2%
from NORWICH NR1 3JG, 92km north (3°)
to ITV Anglia (East) region - 26 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Anglia (West)

How will the Clacton (Essex, 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 6 Jul 11 and 20 Jul 11.

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

BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 400W

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

Oct 1959-Feb 2004Anglia 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. Clacton 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.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011
12:18 AM

Used to live in CO15 3HS and had all the ITV and 5 channels. Recently moved into CO16 8FP and ITV and 5 have disappeared can anyone help???

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Matt's 1 post GB

7:58 PM

Matt: That is correct, you won't get reasonable Multiplex 2 (D3+4) until switchover on the 20th July 2011 from the new Clacton transmitter at your new postcode.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Saturday, 28 May 2011
Corinne Bradd
5:46 PM

Hi Briantist, is this why I can rarely get anything other than BBC channels now. Problem started a few weeks ago with things breaking up on E4, but in the last couple of days I've got no signal for the vast majority of the channels I used to get even with a relatively new digital aerial and a retune?
Do you think this will go on until July?

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Corinne Bradd's 1 post GB
Monday, 30 May 2011

12:54 PM

Corinne Bradd: Yes, this is much as you might expect until the Clacton transmitter comes on next month. Then you will get the HD transmissions and the 3+4 multiplex, but you will not be able to receive any more channels, without using Freesat.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Wednesday, 6 July 2011
6:40 PM

I have a samsung dvd recorder with freeview but due to an inherent fault that samsung refuse to aknowledge I am unable to retune properly as it thinks the unit is in Austria.
I can manually retune but need the frequencies of channels and bandwidth. Ive found the channels needed via the switchover site but hope that inputting these may allow me to get freeview back working.

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Lee's 2 posts GB
Thursday, 7 July 2011
3:39 PM

can report the clacton transmitter started on channel 48at around midday on 6july , live around 2miles from it and pick it up on 1st floor on a bit of wire, also sudbury channel 44 nice and strong now

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matt's 3 posts GB
Sunday, 17 July 2011

1:14 PM

matt: Thanks for the information.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Wednesday, 20 July 2011
Friday, 22 July 2011
8:55 PM

I live in Dovercourt.For best reception on Freesat should my aerial be pointing to the new Clacton transmitter or should i leave it where it is pointing to Sudbury.

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Kevin's 1 post GB
Sunday, 24 July 2011
2:05 PM

Hi Kevin, I'd give Clacton a try, it's much stronger than Sudbury where I am in Thorpe and you should get line of sight if you are on the seafront side of Dovercourt

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Chris's 1 post GB
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