Freeview Light on the Darwen (Blackburn with Darwen, England) transmitter
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The symbol shows the location of the Darwen (Blackburn with Darwen, England) transmitter which serves 15,000 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 problemsThe BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Darwen (Blackburn with Darwen, England) transmitter.
Which Freeview channels does the Darwen 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.
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 Darwen (Blackburn with Darwen, 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 Darwen transmitter?
BBC North West Tonight 3.1m homes 11.8%
from Salford M50 2QH, 27km south-southeast (159°)
to BBC North West region - 92 masts.
How will the Darwen (Blackburn with Darwen, England) transmission frequencies change over time?
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tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
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 4 Nov 09 and 2 Dec 09.
How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?
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Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Winter Hill transmitter area
Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?Radiation patterns withheld
Karen: See the message from Transmitter engineering added after your posting. Apparently the transmitter (BBC services at least) is (or was) of air from 10:01.
The BBC only reports on its own services. If this is due to a fault or a power failure, then obviously it will probably affect the independents as well.
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Prior to the 13 June I had no problem receiving all the channels from the different multiplexers (from Hastings)..
After first retune no problems after retuning on the 13 have lost a significant number of channels.
I have a SONY TV with integrated digital receiver.
I have tried retuning but it still only picks up 32 channels.
I no longer have FILM4, ITV3, ITV4, 5*, 5USA, DAVE, ITV2+1, QUEST and a few more.
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R FLETCHER: You've posted this on the page for Darwen transmitter.
The problem you are experiencing is common in Eastbourne for people who are receiving from Hastings transmitter. See the Hastings transmitter page:
Hastings transmitter | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice
The Hastings transmitter's Commercial (COM) channels, which carry the services you've mentioned, use the same channels (frequencies) as the relay on the top of South Tower in Eastbourne. Unfortunately South Tower only broadcasts Public Service (PSB) channels and these are those which you will still be able to receive from Hastings.
The only possible way to pick up the COMs at your location would appear to be Heathfield. Whether this is actually possible would have to be determined by an installer whilst on-site. However, the predictor suggests that it "may" be possible (this doesn't take into account local obstructions such as buildings or trees that may prevent reception).
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