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Freeview Light on the Exeter St Thomas (Devon, England) transmitter

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The symbol shows the location of the Exeter St Thomas (Devon, England) transmitter which serves 19,000 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 Exeter St Thomas (Devon, England) transmitter.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

Which Freeview channels does the Exeter St Thomas 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
C44 (658.0MHz)150mDTG-50W
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1 BBC One (SD) South West, 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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C41+ (634.2MHz)150mDTG-50W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (West Country), 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 (West Country),

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C47 (682.0MHz)150mDTG-50W
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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

H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 43 Freeview channels?

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the effected channels
the effected channels
the effected channels

The Exeter St Thomas (Devon, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBS Reality, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, CITV, YAAAS!, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, Film4 +1, Food Network, GB News, GREAT! movies, GREAT! movies action, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, pick, Pop Player, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky News, Smithsonian Channel, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's TV (UK), Together TV, 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 Exeter St Thomas transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Spotlight 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL3 5BD, 55km southwest (229°)
to BBC South West region - 107 masts.
regional news image
ITV West Country News (West) 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL7 5BQ, 49km southwest (223°)
to ITV West Country region - 107 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with West Country (East)

How will the Exeter St Thomas (Devon, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20092009-1327 Mar 2019

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 6 May 09 and 20 May 09.

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

Analogue 1-4 250W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 50W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Stockland Hill transmitter area

Apr 1961-Dec 1981Westward Television
Jan 1982-Dec 1992Television South West (TSW)
Jan 1993-Feb 2004Westcountry 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. Exeter St Thomas 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

Sunday, 24 April 2011
5:02 PM

Will the Exeter area ever get more channels? It's very frustrating to only get 17+radio ones when other areas get so much more. If it's not planned is there anything people can do to get them to add extra channels?

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Si's 1 post GB

5:26 PM

Si: No, as I said above, this is a public service transmitter and the list above is all there is every going to be.

If you want more channels, use Freesat/Freesat HD/Freesat+HD.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Tuesday, 9 August 2011
12:18 PM

I installed a Sharp TUT2 HD Freeview reciever yesterday at a house in west central Exeter and only got the channel subset (not Film 4, Dave etc). I live less than one mile to the north (EX4) and recieve the full Freeview service. Please could you explain why?

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Damian's 2 posts EU
Mike Dimmick

12:37 PM

Damian: What you get depends on where the aerial is pointing. If it is indeed pointing to Exeter St Thomas, or any other relay, you will only get the 'Freeview Light' service - the Public Service Broadcasting multiplexes. This is because the operators of the other multiplexes refused to extend their broadcasts to any other sites, saying it would cost too much.

If you provide a full postcode, we can see whether a full service is expected to be available from another transmitter, and what you'd have to do to get it.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB
1:54 PM

In that case I suspect I am accessing the Stockland Hill transmitter.

Please could you explain how the other house can access this as well?

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Damian's 2 posts EU
Mike Dimmick

6:19 PM

Damian: With the correct aerial, pointed in the correct direction. Check Digital UK's postcode checker to avoid disappointment.

Note that Stockland Hill's commercial multiplexes remain on low power until after London's DSO on 18 April 2012, so you might not be able to get it now, but might be able to after that.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB
Monday, 12 December 2011
12:57 PM


I live in EX44QU and I assume I am on the St Thomas transmitter. I can I install or move my current ariel so I can recieve from the stockland hill transmitter and therefore get more Freeview, frieview HD and channel zero?


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duryard's 1 post GB
Dave Lindsay

2:17 PM

duryard: I would guess the answer is no you can't because you live in the bottom of a valley. The Digital UK predictor only suggests that you can only receive from St Thomas.

If I were you, I would look around at neighbours to see what they've done; whether they have aerials on other transmitters, and if so which one(s) and will they provide the additional services?

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Thursday, 3 October 2013
Susie Kilby
8:50 AM

My mum was told that she wouldnt be able to get freeview Tv at her house unless she had an aerial upgrade and so therefore on advice purchased Sky FreeSat, she thereofre doesnt get some of the channels available on Freeview and i'm wondering if this is something which has changed. Apparently the whole of St Thomas have a problem receiving Freeview? She has a roof mounted aerial and was always able to received channels 1-4 before the days of freeview. Can you advise?
Many thanks

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Susie Kilby's 1 post EU
Graham Dyer
9:59 AM

We have a Sagemcom digibox.
On film 4 there was a message saying if you recieve film 4 on channel 15 please return your free view box.As our digibox is 3 years old this would not be possible Graham.

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Graham Dyer's 1 post EU
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