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The symbol shows the location of the Rowridge (Isle Of Wight, England) transmitter which serves 620,000 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 Rowridge (Isle Of Wight, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Rowridge 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
 H max
C24 (498.0MHz)
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1 BBC One (SD) South, 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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 H max
C27 (522.0MHz)
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3 ITV (SD) (Meridian (South Coast 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, 25 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast),

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 H max
C21+ (474.2MHz)
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73 Shopping Quarter , 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, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C25 (506.0MHz)
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 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 42 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 56 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 60 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 74 Drama +1, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C22+ (482.2MHz)
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11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 4Music, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C28 (530.0MHz)
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25 Dave ja vu, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 41 CBS Justice, 44 HGTV, 68 CBS Drama, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 17 others

 H -13dB
C29 (538.0MHz)299mDTG-1210,000W
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from 22nd December 2014: 7 That's Solent,

 H -9.1dB
C55 (746.0MHz)320mDTG-624,400W
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 Together TV +1,  Merit,  Court TV, 65 FreeSports, 71 Quest Red +1, 76 Now 70s, 86 More4 +1, 87 PBS America +1, 91 That's TV , 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 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
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)

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

regional news image
BBC South Today 1.3m homes 4.9%
from Southampton SO14 7PU, 26km north (354°)
to BBC South region - 39 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.9m homes 3.6%
from Whiteley PO15 7AD, 24km north-northeast (20°)
to ITV Meridian (South Coast) region - 39 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with all of Meridian plus Oxford

Are there any self-help relays?

Portsmouth DocksTransposer2 km N city centre50 homes Estimate. Group of houses'

How will the Rowridge (Isle Of Wight, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20122012-132 May 2018

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 7 Mar 12 and 21 Mar 12.

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

Analogue 1-4 500kW
PSB1||, PSB1≡, PSB2||, PSB2≡, PSB3||, PSB3≡(-4dB) 200kW
COM4≡, COM4||, COM5≡, COM5||, COM6≡, COM6||(-10dB) 50kW
com7≡(-13.1dB) 24.4kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-14dB) 20kW
com8≡(-14.3dB) 18.4kW
LSO≡(-17dB) 10kW

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

Aug 1958-Jan 1992Southern Television
Jan 1982-Dec 1992Television South (TVS)
Jan 1993-Feb 2004Meridian
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. Rowridge 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, 28 March 2018

12:57 PM

Jeddy S: BBC Four HD is on the COM8 multiplex which moved to UHF channel 56 on 21st March, which is well outside of the frequency range that a Group A aerial is designed to receive. If you don't have satellite or cable, follow the link MikeP has posted and contact the Freeview Advice Line.

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StevensOnln1's 3,330 posts GB
Jeddy S
1:03 PM

Thanks StevensOnln1, the information that BBC Four HD moved to channel 56 is missing from the top of this page, maybe that could be updated by who-ever.
Having searched channel 56 I now have BBC Four HD again.

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Jeddy S's 6 posts GB
Friday, 30 March 2018
John Ormerod
6:36 PM

StevensOnln1: Loss of BBC4 HD from Rowridge
I can't see the post from Mike P that you refer to - I would be grateful if you could provide the link or tell me how to find it? Will MIke P's post also tell me how to contact Freeview Advice Line.

I'm tempted to say WTF is going on, but I won't. If I could only have one channel on my desert island, it would be BBC 4. Seems suspicious that I can still get Al Jazeera and RT in HD.

Regards, John

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John Ormerod's 3 posts GB

11:24 PM

John Ormerod: Here is the link again (the phone number for the Freeview Advice Line is at the top of the page):

Important changes to Freeview TV signals | Freeview

There is nothing suspicious about you being able to receive Al Jazeera HD and RT HD as these are on the COM7 multiplex which has not changed frequency yet at Rowridge (it is currently on UHF channel 31, but moves to UHF channel 55 on 2nd May).

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StevensOnln1's 3,330 posts GB
Sunday, 1 April 2018
Gary Calder
10:10 AM

It seems like for our postcode, SO534LN, we are stuffed for COM 7 and 8 with no predicted coverage according to the DigitalUK checker. Despite having a wide band antenna on the roof, both my Samsung tv and Humax HD Fox failed to find BBC 4HD. Luckily iPlayer on the Samsung now allows us to watch from the start so we were able to catch Below The Surface, so all was not lost.

We either continue just to use iPlayer in this mode, or invest in a Freesat HD box (there is a dish installed and cabled to the lounge, but we've never used it). We use the Humax rarely now to record, the Humax HB-1100S would seem to fit the bill.

But why should I have to spend 100 quid when you have to question how the channel allocations for the muxes were arrived at. PSB3 looks to be the natural home for BBC 4 HD. I'm sure the average 4 year old is hardly aware of the picture quality subtleties of HD on CBBC. It also has a smaller and declining share of the viewing compared to BBC4 HD. Chop it at 7pm and share ithe bits with BBC4 HD. Why is Film4+1 taking up space there? Punt it and CH 5 HD to the outer reaches of COM8 and all the BBC HD channels could reside on PSB3.

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Gary Calder's 5 posts GB
Tuesday, 3 April 2018
Tony Hill

12:22 PM

Like others, despite being told that we have a wideband aerial, BBC4 HD cannot be tuned on channel 56. So, either our aerial is not wideband or we are being given the runaround by Freeview/BBC.

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Tony Hill's 65 posts GB

5:04 PM

Tony Hill: The BBC/Freeview's information about the change in frequency is correct, you are not being given the runaround. Please provide a full postcode so that we can see the predicted coverage at your location.

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StevensOnln1's 3,330 posts GB
Wednesday, 4 April 2018
John Ormerod
11:36 AM

Thanks for replying. I won't miss Al Jazeera and RT in HD when they move to 55.

I did a manual tune, and nothing was found for 55 and 56.
Other comments make me wonder whether a change of aerial would make any difference (in SO23 9TA). Unless this is the thin end of the wedge in terms of moving channels out of the range of pre-Freeview aerials.
Regards, John

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John Ormerod's 3 posts GB
Jeddy S
12:23 PM

I found that an automatic tune of some of my boxes did not find BBC Four HD on ch56 and I also noticed that for a manual tune on 2 of my boxes I had to explicitly select DVB-T2 (rather than the default of DVB-T) to find BBC Four HD etc.
I wonder if others have a simliar option / problem?

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Jeddy S's 6 posts US

1:12 PM

John Ormerod:

If your aerial is a Group A type it will not receive Channels 55 or 56. There is no such thing as a 'pre Freeview' aerial, all UHF aerials will work with Freeview provided they cover the required frequency range. A Group A aerial is suitable for all channels between 21 and 38 (as has always been the case). That is why we contributors have been recommending for quite some time that people have a wideband type aerial fitted so they can get all the available channels now and into the foreseeable future.

If your aerial is a Group A type and you do not have cable and/or satellite, then contact Freeview at…nges and look in the FAQ section. They may offer to replace your aerial free of charge if you meet the requirements. They will fit a wideband type at no cost to you, if you qualify.

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