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The symbol shows the location of the Eastbourne (Old Town) (East Sussex, England) transmitter which serves 2,500 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 Eastbourne (Old Town) (East Sussex, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Eastbourne (Old Town) 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.

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C33 (570.0MHz)43mDTG-16W
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1 BBC One (SD) South East, 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)43mDTG-16W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Meridian (East 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, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Meridian south coast),

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C48 (690.0MHz)43mDTG-16W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD South East, 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, 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 Eastbourne (Old Town) (East Sussex, 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 Eastbourne (Old Town) transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 40km north (358°)
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.7m homes 2.7%
from Maidstone ME14 5NZ, 60km north-northeast (17°)
to ITV Meridian (East) region - 36 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with all of Meridian plus Oxford

How will the Eastbourne (Old Town) (East Sussex, 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;
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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 May 12 and 13 Jun 12.

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

BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 16W
Analogue 1-4(-6dB) 4W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Heathfield transmitter area

Aug 1958-Jan 1992Southern Television
Jan 1982-Dec 1992Television South (TVS)
Jan 1993-Feb 2004Meridian
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. Eastbourne (Old Town) 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

Wednesday, 4 January 2012
Joe Smith
4:21 PM

It's stated that Eastbourne will have a weak digital signal to avoid interfering with French broadcasts. However other coastal towns nearer France have a perfectly good signal. Is the real reason to do with the secret Government listening station in the underground bunkers in the Beachy Head/Birling Gap & Watling/Herstmonceux region? Officially these were closed but everyone knows they are still in use.

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Dave Lindsay

4:48 PM

Joe Smith: It is the hills around Eastbourne that are to blame. I don't think that the underground bunkers are to blame for the topography.

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6:25 PM

Joe Smith: In fact Eastbourne (Old Town) is shown by Digital UK as radiating at 16watts after switchover, Eastbourne relay is expected to be 100watts. These power levels are both greater than those used by the existing analogue services. (Digital transmitters usually use a fifth of the analogue power to cover the former analogue service area.) This would suggest that rather than protecting the French transmissions, the English signals are being reinforced along the South coast in an attempt to deal with possible interference caused when conditions cause strong signals from France to be receivable in the area.

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Saturday, 15 February 2014
Jane Cooper
12:03 AM

My usual channels in the Eastbourne Old Town area have disappeared today from approx. 10.30 am - and in their place - after I retuned - I have all sorts of radio stations and other freeview stations that I normally cannot tune into. In fact, everyting but what I want - ie no BBC channels ?? I have "Russia Today (RT)" and " AlJaazerah" (apologies for the spelling, perhaps they will go away with the wind...

May be it is to do with the severe winds blowing outside? My aerial is in my rood and has a pre-amp and I have a booster on my main TV socket - or is it the other way round?

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Dave Lindsay

12:17 AM

Jane Cooper: Refer to Radio & Television Investigation Service for your postcode:

Radio & Television Service

The Eastbourne transmitter (South Cliff Tower) was off-air from 10:28 to 22:47 yesterday (Friday).

As I explained in our previous correspondence, the Hastings transmitter uses the same frequencies as Eastbourne, but for those channels which you can't get from Eastbourne. My guess is that when Eastbourne went off the air the Hastings signals are good enough to use. You would have been unable to receive BBC and ITV from Hastings probably because your aerial system is fitted with a filter to only allow through (from the aerial) frequencies used by your designated transmitter.

I imagine that at 22:47 when Eastbourne was turned on again that your reception of the Commercial channels from Hastings would be lost.

You will now have to carry out another retune in order to restore reception of the signals from Eastbourne, this not being necessary had you not carried out the retune this morning.

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Dave Lindsay

12:25 AM

Jane Cooper: I should add that just because the Hastings signals broadcast on the same frequencies a retune was required to watch them.

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