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The symbol shows the location of the Woolwich (Greater London, England) transmitter which serves 9,500 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 Woolwich (Greater London, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Woolwich 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
C41- (633.8MHz)52mDTG-3126W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) London, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C44 (658.0MHz)52mDTG-3126W
Channel icons
3 ITV (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, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (London),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C47 (682.0MHz)52mDTG-6126W
Channel icons
74 Shopping Quarter , 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV London), 104 Channel 4 HD London 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 51 Freeview channels?

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

The Woolwich (Greater London, 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, Together TV +1, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, CITV, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama, E4 +1, Film4 +1, Food Network, Forces TV, FreeSports, HGTV, Horror Channel, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, More4 +1, NOW 80s, Paramount Network, PBS America +1, pick, Quest +1, Quest Red, Quest Red +1, Really, RT HD, Sky Arts, Sky News, Smithsonian Channel, Sony Movies Action, 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 Woolwich transmitter?

regional news image
BBC London 4.9m homes 18.4%
from London W1A 1AA, 17km west (277°)
to BBC London region - 55 masts.
regional news image
ITV London News 4.9m homes 18.4%
from London WC1X 8XZ, 15km west (281°)
to ITV London region - 55 masts.

How will the Woolwich (Greater London, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-1321 Mar 2018
C/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TB E K T
C41BBCA
C44D3+4
C47BBCB
C53tv_offBBCB
C57tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesD3+4
C60tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves-BBCA
C63BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves
C67C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

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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 630W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 126W

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. Woolwich 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.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Comments
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:30 AM

Jimb: No, the Commercial broadcasters in question do not wish to transmit from 1000 or so relay sites like Woolwich. They use about 80 to achieve a 90% coverage of the population. Their interest is viewers to watch advertising that they sell.

For a more in depth explanation, see:

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

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Jimb
11:57 AM

Thank you for your response Dave Lindsay.

I checked out the FULL STORY LINK, thanks for that.

At the moment I can recieve Freeview ITV4 & FILM4, any ideas where from ??

Thanks

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

1:44 PM

Jimb: I think that the digital programme channels you have are likely to be coming from Crystal Palace.

To check, go to the signal strength screen whilst on ITV4 or Film4 and it may well tell you what UHF channel it is tuned to. For Crystal Palace it will be tuned to 29.

The Digital UK Tradeview predictor suggests that you will have a very good chance of receiving from Crystal Palace after switchover:

Postcode Checker - Trade View

This doesn't take into account local obstructions (trees, buildings etc) that may affect reception.

If you do decide to have your aerial replaced with one on Crystal Palace, then you will probably best to wait until switchover has completed on 18th April.

The current signals are weaker than they will be after switchover. An aerial that will work now (i.e. that will be sensitive enough to pick up the weaker signals) will be more than is necessary after switchover.

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Jimb
3:24 PM

Dave Lindsay:

Yes Dave the ITV4 is on UHF 29.

I'v also got UHF 25 & 28 as well.

Looks like you are right I'm picking up Crystal Palace.

Not bad as my VERICAL C BAND Aerial is pointing at the Woolwich Relay transmitter.

Thanks again !!

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Wednesday, 4 April 2012
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

7:29 AM

WOOLWICH transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air from 06:28 today [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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10:30 AM

WOOLWICH transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air from 06:28 today to 06:56 today BBC TWO Weak Signal from 06:29 today to 06:56 today [BBC]

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Thursday, 5 April 2012
Transmitter engineering
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4:31 AM

WOOLWICH transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air from 06:28 yesterday to 06:56 yesterday BBC TWO Weak Signal from 06:29 yesterday to 06:56 yesterday [BBC]

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Friday, 6 April 2012
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:30 AM

WOOLWICH transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air from 06:28 on 04 Apr to 06:56 on 04 Apr BBC TWO Weak Signal from 06:29 on 04 Apr to 06:56 on 04 Apr [BBC]

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Friday, 20 April 2012
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nick
12:36 PM
London

So after the much vaunted London digital switchover am left with a pathetic and erratic selection of channels. One day 30 odd and occaisionally more which drop out. No equipment or aerial fault, problem seems to be that the Woolwich transmitter is being left in the dark ages and not upgraded, so 9,000 odd people are being frozen out of a decent freeview service. Left with a difficult choice as only options are Freesat which I believe is Sky related and not keen on anything from them, or a huge extension pole for aerial to reach signal from crystal palace. Reason is that broadcasters reckon their adverts are reaching enough people and cant be bothered with the other 20% ish. Thanks a bunch. Also why no email or phone contact details from Freesat? Any other transmitters to try? Any financial help for wasted freeview TV, initial freesat costs or aerial extension?


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Dave Lindsay
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12:57 PM

nick: This effect is caused by the Commercial broadcasters being allowed to operate in a way that suits them. They transmit from 81 of the largest sites (largest by viewer population) and achieve a 90% coverage of the population. To transmit from the other 1,000 or so small relays would roughly double their costs of transmission whilst only adding 8.5% of the population to their potential viewer base. Clearly they don't think this is worth the outlay. For a more in-depth explanation, see Will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice

There is no financial help for any viewer who needs to upgrade their aerial or install Freesat in order to receive more channels. If there was, then I think that that money should have been given to the Commercial broadcasters as a subsidy to cover the less profitable areas.


Looking at Digital UK, it would seem that the only transmitter that may give you the full service is Crystal Palace. As your road slopes, some houses are lower than others and therefore may be blocked from getting enough signal from Crystal Palace. So what can and can't be received could vary house by house.

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