Full Freeview on the Rowridge (Isle Of Wight, England) transmitter
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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 problemsThe BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Rowridge (Isle Of Wight, England) transmitter.
Which Freeview channels does the Rowridge 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.
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 700 BBC Radio 1, 701 BBC Radio 1Xtra, 702 BBC Radio 2, 703 BBC Radio 3, 704 BBC Radio 4 (FM), 705 BBC Radio 5 Live, 706 BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, 707 BBC Radio 6 Music, 708 BBC Radio 4 Extra, 709 BBC Asian Network, 710 BBC World Service, 719 BBC Berkshire (BBC local radio), 720 BBC Sussex (BBC local radio), 721 BBC Wiltshire (BBC local radio), 722 BBC Solent (BBC local radio), 734 BBC Solent for Dorset (BBC local radio),
3 ITV 1 (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, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Meridian south coast),
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others 66 TBN UK,
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others Racing TV, Kiss Chat & Date, Proud Dating, ADULT Xpanded2, 16 QVC, 22 TJC, 237 TalkTV, 263 SonLife, 264 VisionTV, 265 On Demand 365, 269 Arise News, 670 ADULT Section (start), 724 Capital, 727 Absolute Radio, 728 Heart,
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others CRAFT EXTRA , 45 Gems TV, 85 Create & Craft, 673 ADULT smileTV3, 723 talkSPORT, 730 RNIB Connect, 731 Classic FM, 732 LBC, 733 Trans World Radio,
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others ADULT smileTV2, ADULT Studio 66, 37 QVC Beauty, 38 QVC Style, 51 Ideal World, 72 Jewellery Maker, 206 Pop, 674 ADULT Babestn, 678 Xpanded TV, 699 ADULT Section, 711 Hits Radio, 712 KISS FRESH, 713 KISS, 714 KISSTORY, 715 Magic, 716 Greatest Hits Radio, 717 Kerrang!, 718 Smooth Radio, 725 Premier Radio,
from 22nd December 2014: 7 That's Solent,
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?
BBC South Today 1.3m homes 4.9%
from Southampton SO14 7PU, 26km north (354°)
to BBC South region - 39 masts.
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?
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How will the Rowridge (Isle Of Wight, England) transmission frequencies change over time?
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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 7 Mar 12 and 21 Mar 12.
How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?
|PSB1||, PSB1≡, PSB2||, PSB2≡, PSB3||, PSB3≡||(-4dB) 200kW|
|COM4≡, COM4||, COM5≡, COM5||, COM6≡, COM6||||(-10dB) 50kW|
|Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*||(-14dB) 20kW|
Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Rowridge transmitter area
I am the individual that submitted a response to the Ofcom consultation, including the following:
"I see from your Annex 11 document that in Table 1 you specifically list Rowridge HP (Horizontally Polarised), but no mention is made of Rowridge VP (Vertically Polarised). Since DSO, I have spent money on having my aerial changed for a VP aerial to ensure I get the best possible reception. Is it the intention that, in order to receive the new muxes, I would then need to spend more money on having my aerial turned back to a horizontal position, and lose the signal strength on other muxes that I gained when I switched to VP? If I was to switch to HP then at what point should I switch back to VP, and who will pay for all this switching? It's not a trivial task to go on the roof and rotate a chimney-mounted aerial."
It was quite funny to see my nag among the submissions from multi-million pound broadcasters! Anyway, their response included the following:
"The choice of whether to use vertical or horizontal polarisation or both will be for the interim multiplex licensee to determine."
So they threw the hot potato at Arqiva (the licensee). I haven't seen any info directly from Arqiva to say either yes or no to VP.
The DigitalUK site says that the two new muxes are HP only. However, I notice that this site shows the new muxes as being for both HP and VP. Do you have some information from Arqiva to confirm this as being the case? I hope so...
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Sean: I think this is typical of the way things are done these days.
The days of all transmitters carrying all the same channels are long gone, this equity having being sacrificed in order to fit more services in.
Only the three PSB multiplexes have an obligation to provide a particular level of coverage.
Now step forward the plan for COM7 and COM8 from Rowridge. The case for VP signals is probably more one of a "business case" which takes account of the number of viewers that would be added if they were available VP (in addition to HP).
I don't live in the area so have no idea what proportion of aerials are now vertical. However, I hazard a guess that those which are close enough to receive the lower powered COM7 and COM8 will generally be horizontally polarised.
In locations where COM7 and COM8 are to be poorer it is more likely that more aerials will be VP. It is these people who will either have to forfeit the new HD services or else switch back to HP.
The point is that, in much the same vein as the broadcasters have to set a "business case" for an expense it is effectively the same for viewers. That is it is their "choice", in much the same way as some aerials had to be replaced in order to receive COM4-6.
This type of passing expenses on to other parties for decisions another makes it the way these days.
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I switched to VP because the official predictor said I'd get a lower signal level when the channels were moved around. The VP prediction was 100%. Today, the same predictor says 100% for both.
I appreciate that a broadcaster will chase viewers. But a bit more coordination is needed when that broadcaster is effectively telling people what to spend their money on.
It looks like Arqiva may be shooting down VP shortly after it took off. Perhaps their predictions of HP interference from France were wrong so they've realised it was a solution to a problem that doesn't actually exist. Of course they won't admit this though.
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Sean: The VP is required, in addition to help with "rejection" of any inference from France for those receiving the Commercial (COM) channels who may be subjected to co-channel interference from Stockland Hill and Crystal Palace, this being why the power of the COMs is lower horizontally.
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I understand. Whether rightly or wrongly, I assumed that VP was the future for Rowridge, and HP was just for backwards compatibility. I needed a new aerial so it seemed a no-brainer to use VP for the higher power muxes.
I would expect the trouble to start when people realise they can't get these new channels, despite having paid for a shiny new aerial recently. I've seen more VP aerials appearing over time, so it seems I'm not alone in thinking that these were now the preferred method.
Has there ever been any official guidance on what the VP is for? What should installers fit, or are they supposed to fit HP initially then change to VP if there's a problem? It seems bloody daft to me.
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