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The symbol shows the location of the West Burton (North Yorkshire, England) transmitter which serves less than 500 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 West Burton (North Yorkshire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the West Burton 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 V max
C45 (666.0MHz)288mDTG-32W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) North East and Cumbria, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C39 (618.0MHz)288mDTG-32W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (Tyne Tees), 4 Channel 4 (SD) North ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 18 More4, 25 ITV4, 29 E4 +1, 34 ITV +1 (Tyne Tees),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C42 (642.0MHz)288mDTG-62W
Channel icons
72 Shopping Quarter , 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD North ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC 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 52 Freeview channels?

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

The West Burton (North Yorkshire, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4Music, 4seven, 5SELECT, 5STAR, 5USA, Aljazeera English, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBeebies HD, CBS Drama, CBS Justice, CBS Reality, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, CITV, YAAAS!, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, Film4 +1, Food Network, Forces TV, FreeSports, GB News, GREAT! movies, GREAT! movies action, HGTV, Horror Channel, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, More4 +1, Now 70s, Paramount Network, PBS America +1, pick, Quest +1, Quest Red, Quest Red +1, Really, RT HD, Sky Arts, Sky News, Smithsonian Channel, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, Together TV, 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 West Burton transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Look North (Newcastle) 1.6m homes 6.0%
from Newcastle NE99 2NE, 79km north-northeast (16°)
to BBC North East and Cumbria region - 70 masts.
regional news image
ITV Tyne Tees News 1.4m homes 5.4%
from Gateshead NE11 9SZ, 77km north-northeast (13°)
to ITV Tyne Tees region - 47 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with Border

How will the West Burton (North Yorkshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-1331 Dec 2019-
B E TB E TB E TB E K TB E K T
C39D3+4D3+4
C40BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves
C42BBCBBBCB
C43ITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves
C45BBCABBCA
C46BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves
C50tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4waves

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 - 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 12 Sep 12 and 26 Sep 12.

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

Analogue 1-4 12W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 2.4W

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

May 1956-Jul 1968Granada Television†
May 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Jul 1974Yorkshire Television
Jul 1974-Feb 2004Tyne Tees 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. West Burton 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.

Comments
Thursday, 12 March 2015
Transmitter engineering
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4:30 AM

WEST BURTON transmitter - RelayPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Saturday, 14 August 2021
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Fiona Summers-Smith
7:34 AM

Transmitter engineering: There is no reception from the West Burton transmitter as the Bilsdale transmitter had a fire. Why do you say there are no problems. I live in Bishopdale and we have had no reception from freeview since Tuesday 10th August. Freeview are saying "This plan should reinstate TV coverage for the vast majority of viewers who receive signals directly from Bilsdale. Due to the work required to deliver this solution we expect that work should be completed by 28th August."

Vast majority does not mean all and I bet that means those of us who rely on the West Burton transmitter will not have our service back by the 28th August because we are a small percentage. Normal service only gives access to BBC, ITV, C4 and C5 and NO HD and NO DAB, so we certainly are not a priority. Rural communities bottom of the pile - what about levelling up?

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StevensOnln1
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10:41 AM

Fiona Summers-Smith: The transmitter engineering information comes from an automated feed published by BBC Engineering. Several of Bilsdale's relays have already been brought back on air either by turning around the receive aerials and retuning to another transmitter, or by using a satellite backup feed. If the West Burton is able to receive a signal from the temporary mast at Bilsdale then it will come back on air around the same time that the temporary mast is switched on.

West Burton does broadcast the main HD channels (as do all 1,000+ Freeview Lite transmitters since DSO) which are listed near the top of this page, so perhaps your TV doesn't have a DVB-T2 tuner which is required to receive the PSB3 multiplex. The transmitter serves less than 500 homes so there is no chance of any additional channels ever being provided, as the commercial broadcasters aren't prepared to pay for their channels to be transmitted to such a small potential audience. If you want more channels, look at getting Freesat.

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Chris.SE
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2:07 PM

Fiona Summers-Smith:

I suggest you have a read of Arqiva's latest update https://www.arqiva.com/ne…mast
It mentions some of the complexities involved in situations like this, it has nothing to do with levelling up, it's all to do with geography and it could give you a better understanding.
Maybe you've been reading too much of the garbage being posted on FB in some places.
As StevensOnln1 says, if you want more channels etc. consider Freesat, a lot of modern TVs have in-built satellite tuners so all you need is a dish and LNB.

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Tuesday, 17 August 2021
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Fiona Summers-Smith
11:12 AM

Chris SE has completely missed the point when I said "Normal service only gives access to BBC, ITV, C4 and C5 and NO HD and NO DAB, so we certainly are not a priority. Rural communities bottom of the pile - what about levelling up?" I was pointing out that we get a mediocre service normally so I didn't see that we would be a priority for a return of this service by the 28th August. I have been in communication with arqiva and I know exactly what is goiing on, but how about an investment so that we get the same service as everyone else when services are returned to normal - we are bottom of the pile.

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Fiona Summers-Smith
11:29 AM

re StevensOnln 1 comment. I purchased 3 new Samsung smart TVs late 2018 and two Humax freeview players at the same time. A brand new aerial installed last year. If he uses the West Burton transmitter and does get HD then maybe I have been sold old warehouse stock that means the tvs do not have the DVB-T2 tuner as although I see an option for HD they don't work. I will check further.

I would be content with just using wifi and the hubs, but BBC iplayer does not work properly for steaming live TV. Everytime I try to use it for watching BBC news live it jumps back to a programme that was aired 2 hours previously. BBC will not accept responsibility for this even though I have no problem watching live tv news on ITV's hub. I have FTTH (FTTP) and download speeds in excess of 30mbs. Didn't check the tuners on my tvs when I purchased so probably got caught with old stock.

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1:42 PM

Fiona Summers-Smith:

Well I'm sure if you've spoken to Arqiva, you may know what's going on, but you are the one that has missed the point. It's not only the rural areas that have no signal there are people in towns that would also be served by Bilsdale and/or relays, that have no signal! When a huge mast like this suffers major damage, coverage isn't something that can be restored quickly for everyone, whether rural or urban!
What are the model numbers on your Samsungs? we might be able to check for you, they really should have T2 tuners if they are that recent.

As mentioned, it has nothing to do with "levelling-up", it is simply that the commercial operators who are responsible for the multiplexes which are not transmitted by small relays, do not think that the investment in extra transmitters etc is worth it for the small communities involved, they would not see a return on the investment considering that it's the advertising revenue that has to pay for it. If you were to contact all the commercial broadcasters involved, they would likely say well, its all there (well most of it is and extra) on Freesat.
As you think your Freeview service is mediocre, then as StevensOnln1 suggested, consider Freesat.

The BBC made some changes to iPlayer a while ago, and some new aspects of it have quite a steep learning curve IMHO, personally I don't think it's quite as user-friendly in some respects. I hope you have discovered that you can wind forward (as well as back). The BBC can be quite stubborn when it comes to some criticism!

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Friday, 27 August 2021
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Fiona Summers-Smith
8:20 AM

Fiona Summers-Smith: I take back my original comment re being at the bottom of the pile, so delighted we have our service back and I have written to arqiva and thanked them, I think to have got the service back so soon is great work.

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Thursday, 23 September 2021
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Fiona Summers-Smith
5:17 PM

No BBC reception once again in Newbiggin, I have checked with two other neighbours who confirm same.

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Chris.SE
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9:53 PM

Fiona Summers-Smith:

The BBC have reported a fault on both the BBCA multiplex and the BBCB HD mutliplex -
From 4:47pm to 7:05pm on 23rd Sep 2021 Off the air due to a fault.
Your signals should now be restored.

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