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The symbol shows the location of the Bristol Ilchester Crescent (City of Bristol, England) transmitter which serves 25,000 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 Bristol Ilchester Crescent (City of Bristol, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Bristol Ilchester Crescent 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.

 V max
C41+ (634.2MHz)96mDTG-3200W
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1 BBC One (SD) West, 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 16 others

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C44 (658.0MHz)96mDTG-3200W
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3 ITV (SD) (West), 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 (West),

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C47 (682.0MHz)96mDTG-6200W
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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

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C42+ (642.2MHz)96mDTG-8100W
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12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

 V -3dB
C45 (666.0MHz)96mDTG-8100W
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11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 V -3dB
C39+ (618.2MHz)96mDTG-8100W
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 FreeSports, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 91 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

 V -10dB
C30 (546.0MHz)96mDTG-1220W
Channel icons
from 22nd September 2014: 7 Made in Bristol,

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)

Are you trying to watch these 0 Freeview HD channels?

The Bristol Ilchester Crescent (City of Bristol, England) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: .

If you want to watch these HD channels, either use Freesat HD, or move your TV aerial must point to one of the 30 Full Freeview HD transmitters. For more information see the want to know which transmitters will carry extra Freeview HD? page.

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Bristol Ilchester Crescent transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Points West 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Bristol BS8 2LR, 4km north (1°)
to BBC West region - 60 masts.
regional news image
ITV West Country News (East) 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Bristol BS4 3HG, 4km east-northeast (65°)
to ITV West region - 61 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with West Country (West)

How will the Bristol Ilchester Crescent (City of Bristol, 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 24 Mar 10 and 7 Apr 10.

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

Analogue 1-4 500W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-4dB) 200W
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-7dB) 100W
Mux A*(-11dB) 40W
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*, LBS(-14dB) 20W

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. Bristol Ilchester Crescent 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.

Friday, 13 December 2013
Dave Lindsay

9:11 PM

Jade: No.

The new HD channels are available from 30 transmitters, on lower power then the other channels from those transmitters.

The service from Mendip doesn't start until some time next year, date unknown.

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Jade Smith
9:19 PM

Thanks Dave, So no chance of them ever being on this relay? would it be worth me truing to turn my aerial around next year as some people in this area do have there aerials pointing at mendip but with them transmitting at a lower power i might not get them? (51.4127,-2.6071) 

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Dave Lindsay

9:39 PM

Jade Smith: It isn't likely to come to more transmitters, but as Mendip isn't on air yet there's no point having your aerial re-orientated.

The licence for the new HD multiplex was granted subject to possible revocation no earlier than the end of 2018. Such revocation would be for the purpose of reorganising frequencies used for TV.

The issue that they've got is there's not many frequencies for these new multiplexes, which is why they have to be reused which in turn is why the transmission power is lower.

Also, the transmission power is lower than the other channels but that doesn't necessarily mean that it is too low to serve you.

If you would like to receive the new local TV channel Made in Bristol then this is available from Ilchester Crescent and Mendip.

Digital UK Coverage Checker implies that, from Mendip, the HD mux will come on air after Made in Bristol. It's much safer to have the aerial changed only when the services are on air. So if you waited until the HD mux come on air from Mendip, Made in Bristol would already be on air, and an installer could therefore tell you whether reception of Made in Bristol from Mendip was possible.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
9:53 PM

Thanks a lot for the advice Dave, if they revoke the licence for the frequencies would that mean that the channels would be withdrawn on other platforms too like freesat, virgin and sky? (51.4127,-2.6071) 

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Dave Lindsay

10:02 PM

Jade: Revocation of licences doesn't mean that these services (BBC Four HD, BBC News HD etc) will no longer be available on Freeview. The objective would be to replan TV frequencies so as to increase coverage, as well as, no doubt, clear some more in order to sell to mobile operators.

It's a like the situation we had before digital switchover. At switchover frequencies were changed to increase coverage. It's expected that the same thing might happen with these HD channels in the future, no sooner than five years' time.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
10:07 PM

Thanks Dave, i ask because i might invest in a freesat box to get these channels as I'm very interested in getting them. (51.4127,-2.6071) 

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Dave Lindsay

10:15 PM

Jade: Of course, if you have more than one TV, but only the main TV is HD then there is no benefit to have the new HD channels available in other rooms. So Freesat for the main room might be the way to go.

A satellite dish installed for Sky will work for Freesat because dishes are the same for both platforms.

Made in Bristol isn't likely to be on Freesat due to cost.

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Bob Ford
2:17 PM

I'm in North Lansdown, Bath- looking after a block of flats. In the last month (Oct 2014) Freeview has deteriorated. I think my aerial (new) is pointing at Kings Weston relay. When I checked to coverage just now, it says I should be pointing at Ilchester Crescent. I thought it was the other way around.
Has transmitter coverage changed in the last few weeks?

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Monday, 27 July 2015
Tony Parsons
10:46 AM

I live in Long Ashton. I have good reception for most freeview programmes most of the time.
However some programmes eg quest, travel channel, cbs reality have periods when the picture breaks up or there is no signal at all.

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Tony Parsons
10:48 AM

Further to the comment I just sent my postcode is BS41 9AX and the aerial is on the roof.

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