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The symbol shows the location of the South Brent (Devon, England) transmitter which serves 1,200 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 South Brent (Devon, England) transmitter.

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

Which Freeview channels does the South Brent 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
 H -8.2dB
C43 (650.0MHz)
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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, plus 17 others

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 H -8.2dB
C39 (618.0MHz)
Channel icons
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, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (West Country),

 V max
 H -8.2dB
C46 (674.0MHz)
Channel icons
46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD South West, 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

H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?

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

The South Brent (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, 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 mix, GREAT! romance, 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 South Brent transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Spotlight 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL3 5BD, 21km west-southwest (258°)
to BBC South West region - 107 masts.
regional news image
ITV West Country News (West) 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL7 5BQ, 13km west-southwest (251°)
to ITV West Country region - 107 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with West Country (East)

How will the South Brent (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 8 Apr 09 and 22 Apr 09.

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

Analogue 1-4 302W
PSB1||, PSB2||, PSB3||(-21.8dB) 2W
PSB1≡, PSB2≡, PSB3≡(-30dB) 0.3W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Beacon 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. South Brent 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.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012
Transmitter engineering

10:29 AM

SOUTH BRENT transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 08:56 yesterday to 09:20 yesterday HD Digital TV Off Air from 08:56 yesterday to 09:20 yesterday [BBC]

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Wednesday, 11 April 2012
Transmitter engineering

4:30 AM

SOUTH BRENT transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 08:56 on 09 Apr to 09:20 on 09 Apr HD Digital TV Off Air from 08:56 on 09 Apr to 09:20 on 09 Apr [BBC]

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Monday, 12 September 2022
Ann Kelly
10:21 PM

All BBC programmes suffer break-up of signal. This has been infinitely worse this summer than ever before, and even though it's now much cooler, the break-up makes watching live BBC programmes impossible. Can anything be done please - I have missed almost all local news programmes as these aren't available on iPlayer.

Postcode: TQ10 9NU

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11:56 PM

Ann Kelly:

BBC Local News programmes are available on iPlayer but usually only for 24 hours (much to many people's disgust).

I'm afraid that there's very little any broadcaster can do about weather conditions.
Current Weather conditions are causing Tropospheric Ducting - causing interference from more distant transmitters in Europe or the UK. This can be very variable and is usually short term at any instant but conditions have been persisting on and off for many days, different parts of the UK are being affected at different times. Not all multiplexes will be affected at the same time or at all.
Both Freeview and the BBC have issued warnings about short term interference to reception.
If your tuning was correct, do NOT retune if you have badly pixellated pictures or no signal.

As you have posted on the South Brent transmitter page, if you get your reception from it, your aerial should be pointing at compass bearing 296 degrees, that's 26 degrees North of due West, with its rods (or squashed Xs) vertical.
However you may also get good reception (usually) from Beacon Hill so your aerial would be pointing at compass bearing 82 degrees, that's 8 degrees North of due East, with its rods (or squashed Xs) horizontal.

Whichever way your aerial points, adverse conditions may mean you pickup interference and if you retune then you can get tuned to the wrong signals/transmitter, so it's worth looking in your TV Tuning section to check the UHF channels you are tuned to (C means channel) -
For South Brent (only 3 PSB multiplexes) it's UHF C43, C39, & C46.
For Beacon Hill (all 6 multiplexes) it's UHF C44, C41, C47, C42, C45, & C40
Those are In the multiplex order BBCA/PSB1, D3&4/PSB2, BBCB HD/PSB3, SDN/COM4, ArqA/COM5, ArqB/COM6 (no COMs at South Brent).

See Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview for which channels are carried on which multiplex.

Check your aerial is still pointing correctly, has no missing elements and the coax isn't flapping in the wind. It's also worth considering how old you aerial installation and coax is, older installations may have degraded due to moisture ingress etc. and this can make reception unreliable.

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