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The symbol shows the location of the Luton (Luton, England) transmitter which serves 29,000 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 Luton (Luton, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Luton 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
C39 (618.0MHz)209mDTG-380W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) Cambridge, 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 15 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C42 (642.0MHz)209mDTG-380W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (Anglia (West 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 (Anglia east),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C45 (666.0MHz)209mDTG-680W
Channel icons
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

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 Luton (Luton, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4Music, 4seven, 5Action, 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, 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, YAAAS!, More4 +1, Now 70s, 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 Luton transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Look East (West) 1.0m homes 3.7%
from Cambridge CB4 0WZ, 56km northeast (44°)
to BBC Cambridge region - 4 masts.
70% of BBC East (East) and BBC East (West) is shared output
regional news image
ITV Anglia News 1.0m homes 3.7%
from Norwich NR1 3JG, 145km northeast (52°)
to ITV Anglia (West) region - 5 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Anglia (East)

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

1984-971997-981998-20112011-136 Jun 2018
C/D EC/D EC/D EE TB E K T
C39BBCA
C42D3+4
C45_local_local
C50tv_offBBCA
C55tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCB
C59tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4
C62BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves
C65C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

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 30 Mar 11 and 13 Apr 11.

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

Analogue 1-4, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 80W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Sandy Heath transmitter area

Oct 1959-Feb 2004Anglia 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. Luton 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
Wednesday, 3 August 2011
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Roy Mitchell
10:23 AM
Luton

Does anyone know if the Luton tranmitter is offering all channels? I have just had an aerial fitted and am receiving from Oxford!! I live in North east Luton in the shadow of Warden Hill. My aerail installer tells me that the Luton one is only giving out BBC.

Help!!

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Briantist
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11:40 AM

Roy Mitchell: The transmitter is providing the "Freeview Light" services, as listed at the top of the page.

Looking at your reception options, in the long-term you are only going to get the PSB multiplexes from either Oxford or Crystal Palace. In the mean time you will get full services from Sandy Heath, but you will loose these.

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Roy Mitchell
12:32 PM
Luton

Thank you Braintist.
It looks as though its Oxford. Its a professional installer. Never mind. Hopefully Oxford will go HD at some time in the future. Will the Luton transmitter never offer the full monty?

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Briantist
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1:38 PM

Roy Mitchell: Oxford offers HD from Wednesday 28th September 2011. Luton will never have a full Freeview service.

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Roy Mitchell
4:19 PM
Luton

Thanks again Briantist. We will stick with Oxford. Really appreciate your guidance.

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Briantist
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5:59 PM

Roy Mitchell: You might want to have a look at Freesat for a reliable service in the longer term. See Compare Freeview Light and Freesat TV | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice .

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jb38
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9:33 PM

Roy Mitchell: I would like to strongly second what Briantist has recommended for long term reliability, that is looking along the lines of Freesat, as even although Oxford is not a "light" transmitter, it might as well be as far as your reception possibilities of it are concerned.

This because the trade predictor indicates that at present only one Mux (Ch48) is in the green,(good) three being classed as variable and two poor, the 14th of September showing a burst of two in the green. (Ch53 - Ch34)

However even after September, only the main three Mux channels are shown as receivable, with the fourth Mux A/SDN only showing as possible between April & June next year, as until then it being in the category of "poor".

Predictors (even trade ones) can have large margins of errors, and you may well be in a good spot for reception, but in situations such as yours indicates nothing can be guaranteed with Freeview in the same way as it can be 99.9% of the time with Freesat.

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Wednesday, 10 August 2011
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Roy Mitchell
3:50 PM
Luton

Thanks again for the advice. we actually had the local installer back to feed in another two TV points. he checked the signal again. Definitely Oxford. To be honest, its a very good signal. we live at LU2 7BG. I shall definitely look into freesat. Its a shame I threw all the sky equipment away when I changed to cable about a year ago! But, I`m delighted with the range of channels available on Freeview. More than enough! The cable boxes are going back.

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jb38
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4:43 PM

Roy Mitchell: Thanks for the update on the situation regarding your signal source etc.

That's problem with reception in areas such as yours, insomuch that "some" people might get a reasonable signal at a particular spot whereas a very short distance away another person could be struggling for any.

The other potential problem about this type of reception is, that seasonal changes can in many cases cause quite large variations in the signal strength received, as the good reception one person might be having could well be because of a reflective signal, this being why when an aerial is being set up (or altered) that in some cases the best signal received is "not" always obtained in the exact direction of the transmitter, but can be 10/20 degrees (or more) to either side of the direct line.

Freeview can be very convenient as far as multi-room use etc is concerned, but it will never rival Freesat for sheer reliability.

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Wednesday, 17 August 2011
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Roy
1:26 PM

Dear JB38. You make very good points. When it rains the signal breaks up. I did look at Freesat, but the range of programmes is very poor. I have done a deal with Virgin. I have kept the broadband and phone with them. I can keep the Vbox at no charge. It gives me Freeview channels plus the catch up option. So I have the best of both worlds.

Thanks

Roy

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