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The symbol shows the location of the Wooburn (Buckinghamshire, England) transmitter which serves 3,200 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 Wooburn (Buckinghamshire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Wooburn 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.

 V max
C48 (690.0MHz)142mDTG-20W
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1 BBC One (SD) London, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 16 others

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C36 (594.0MHz)142mDTG-20W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (London), 4 Channel 4 (SD) London ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 London ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (London),

 V max
C52 (722.0MHz)142mDTG-20W
Channel icons
46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD London, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV London), 104 Channel 4 HD London ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

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Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?

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The Wooburn (Buckinghamshire, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Al Jazeera English, Blaze, Blaze +1, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, YAAAS!, Film4 +1, Food Network, GREAT! action, GREAT! movies, GREAT! romance, GREAT! romance mix, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky Mix, Sky News, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's 90s, That's TV 2, Together TV, TRUE CRIME, TRUE CRIME XTRA, 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 Wooburn transmitter?

regional news image
BBC London 4.9m homes 18.4%
from London W1A 1AA, 38km east (98°)
to BBC London region - 55 masts.
regional news image
ITV London News 4.9m homes 18.4%
from London WC1X 8XZ, 40km east (97°)
to ITV London region - 55 masts.

How will the Wooburn (Buckinghamshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-1318 Apr 2018

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 Apr 12 and 18 Apr 12.

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

Analogue 1-4 100W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 20W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Crystal Palace transmitter area

Sep 1955-Jul 1968Associated-Rediffusion†
Sep 1955-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1992Thames†
Jul 1968-Feb 2004London Weekend Television♦
Jan 1993-Feb 2004Carlton†
Feb 2004-Dec 2014ITV plc♦
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. Wooburn 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.

Saturday, 7 January 2012
Dave Lindsay

12:15 AM

tony: You're having a laugh!

It doesn't carry FM and is only a low power TV relay. I should expect that if you're going to receive DAB, then it will be from elsewhere, in much the same way as BBC national FM comes from elsewhere.

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Friday, 23 March 2012
Mike Dimmick

9:03 PM

Here's one for the confusion stakes: according to Digital UK's final Installer Newsletter, on 4 April, ITV1 will move to BBC Two's frequency, and BBC One will move to ITV1's.

This is because BBC A will use the channel below BBC One analogue, and therefore BBC One has to move out of the way. With ITV1 already being displaced at Crystal Palace (because BBC Two uses C33, being released), doing this double-bounce means that only the ITV1 transmitter's input needs retuning, rather than having to retune the ITV1 transmitter to C33 and the BBC Two transmitter to C26.

Having a digital channel one below an analogue one requires the analogue channel to be more tightly filtered, and presumably adapting the BBC One transmitter isn't worth doing for just two weeks!

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
Sunday, 1 April 2012
10:44 AM

When I first heard thst the Wooburn relay would only provide a minimal number of Freeview channels, I decided to get Freesat.
Now we are only days away from DSO, and there is still no hint of anything more than the basic PSB channels, I'm wondering if there is ANY hope of ever getting more channels than we will have on April 18th ?
I suspect there are going to be a lot of disappointed viewers of relay transmitters when they realise in a few days time that they are not getting all the channels that Crystal Palace viewers receive. Will they ever ?

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Dave Lindsay

11:36 AM

Andy: I to think that the "Freeview Lite" transmitters will be one of the biggest let-downs for a silent minority.

The new Freeview advert does not make clear that not all services are available in all areas.

Due to the way in which things are done these days, private commercial interests are allowed when decisions as far as coverage are being made. For an explanation of why the Commercial multiplexes won't broadcast from 1000 or so relays like Wooburn, see here:

Will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? | - independent free digital TV advice

In some cases, reception may be possible from another transmitter that does carry these services, but this will of course, require a new aerial. Indeed, in some cases (with some transmitters), because of frequency planning, new aerials will be necessary to receive the Commercial multiplexes (but not the PSBs).

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
12:41 PM
High Wycombe

Dave: Thanks for your reply, and the link. Very informative.
I do think it's a pity that the third MUX (the ITV one) could not be better populated. It seems such a waste to give "relay viewers" those +1 channels, when they could have been given, say, ITV3 and ITV4. I have no problem with +1 channels when the platform has sufficient spare capacity, but that situation doesn't exist on Freeview.
Makes me glad that I went Freesat, and didn't wait for Freeview Lite !

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J Baxter
1:12 PM

My Sharp Aquos 46" tv has Qvc and Bid tv missing from the channel line up it was fine until two days ago could i do a manual add?
please advise.

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Dave Lindsay

2:27 PM

Andy: The broadcasters that rely on revenue from advertising are likely to base their decisions on what they consider to be maximising those revenue streams.

Evidently, one assumes, showing ITV1 an hour later (in Freeview Lite areas) is seen a better earner than ITV3.

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Dave Lindsay

2:28 PM

J Baxter: Please provide your location (preferrably in the form of post code) and we should be able to assist with the channel you need to manually tune to. Also, the direction your aerial may be useful, particularly if there are a number of possibilities.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Sunday, 20 May 2012
6:20 PM

So we have just 4 of the 6 multiplex.what a con..if the tv companies said BEFORE we all bought the boxes instalation etc, then i would have kept sky!if we all complain to offcom..or if its a matter of cost,then why not ask all the residence the LIGHT repeater supplies,depending on cost, to pay a one off fee to install the required equipment?

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tony's 7 posts GB flag

7:09 PM

tony: Are you sure that you are out of range for reception of the full Freeview service from Crystal Palace? You would, of course require the correct aerial to receive it reliably, just as you did in the analogue days if you wanted Channel Five from Croydon. To be fair, you do expect to receive more channels with a subscription to Sky or V.M., but it is a fair point that advertisements for Freeview and DAB radio do need to make it clearer that provision of all services is not universal. Similarly it needs better information on "HD ready" equipment with regards to inability to receive Freeview HD (or Saorview in Ireland). Your idea for a one off contribution to cover the cost of installing the extra muxes on relay transmitters is interesting, but at this stage when Ofcom is looking at selling as much spectrum as possible for 4G, would be unlikely to be considered due to frequency shortage even if funding was available.

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