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The symbol shows the location of the Stockland Hill (Devon, England) transmitter which serves 120,000 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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Stockland Hill (Devon, England) mast?

Stockland Hill transmitter - Stockland Hill transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 27/11/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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Which Freeview channels does the Stockland Hill transmitter broadcast?

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Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

 H max
C26+ (514.2MHz)463mDTG-50,000W
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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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C23+ (490.2MHz)463mDTG-50,000W
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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, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (West Country),

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C29+ (538.2MHz)463mDTG-50,000W
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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 -3dB
C25- (505.8MHz)463mDTG-825,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

 H -3dB
C22- (481.8MHz)463mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's Christmas, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H -3dB
C28- (529.8MHz)463mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 others

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

The Stockland Hill (Devon, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: .

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 Stockland Hill transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Spotlight 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL3 5BD, 86km west-southwest (239°)
to BBC South West region - 107 masts.
regional news image
ITV West Country News (West) 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL7 5BQ, 80km southwest (236°)
to ITV West Country region - 107 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with West Country (East)

Are there any self-help relays?

BickleighTransposer15 km N Exeter25 homes
Freshwater C/pActive deflector2 km SE Bridport, Dorset250 homes (caravans)
Ladram BayTransposer15 km SE Exeter400 homes (caravans)

How will the Stockland Hill (Devon, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

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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 250kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 50kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 25kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-17dB) 5kW
Mux C*, Mux D*(-20dB) 2.5kW

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•
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Thursday, 27 August 2020
Transmitter engineering

7:28 PM

STOCKLAND HILL transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 27 Aug 17:01 until 27 Aug 17:08. . [BBC]

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Friday, 4 September 2020
Transmitter engineering

7:28 AM

STOCKLAND HILL transmitter - DAB: Reduced quality due to a fault from 13 Aug 23:42 until 13 Aug 23:52. . [BBC]

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Monday, 14 September 2020
Transmitter engineering

10:28 AM

STOCKLAND HILL transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 14 Sep 08:29 until 14 Sep 10:17. . [BBC]

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Tuesday, 22 September 2020
3:53 PM

I have written to local MP Neil Parish to ask the simple questions: why can't we receiev Times Radio on DAB, Sony Movies Classic and other stations from Stockland Hill? And is -as an over 75 - I am now being charged for all channels regardless of whether they are BBC or not, is it faor that we do not have the same servoce as London at the same cost. Or should be ask for a discount? He referred me to Ofcom which is a very unhelpful website as you probaby know although I think I succeeded in making a complaint. Why has nobody elsed raised this issue to my knowledge?D

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David's 3 posts US flag
Wednesday, 23 September 2020

7:50 AM


Unsurprisingly as your MP is unlikely to have any engineering or broadcast qualifications, he wouldn't be able to answer the question.

It's very simple, no-one, neither OFCOM nor Government can force a commercial operator to provide a service in a particular location where they don't consider the coverage (by head of population or likely audience size), warrants the investment in the transmission equipment.

As far as DAB is concerned, Times Radio is on the SDL multiplex (Block 11A 216.928 MHz) which is not transmitted from quite a lot of transmitters in the UK and not (yet) from Stockland Hill. As more stations cease broadcasting on MW (and/or FM) and more stations move to DAB(+) then it may be added at some point but it will be a purely commercial decision. It is transmitted from Exeter St Thomas and Beacon Hill which you might be able to receive depending on your location/postcode.

As far as Sony Movies Classic (LCN50 in the TV EPG) is concerned, Sony took the decision last summer to move a number of their services to Local Multiplexes (no doubt cheaper for them).

Local Multiplexes are only transmitted from a very limited number of main transmitters in the UK (primarily those covering large centres of population) and the signals are beamed in those directions. There is no Local TV Multiplex at Stockland Hill.

These were primarily intended to provide Local stations with local news and other such coverage. In general they have not been successful and most stations have been forced to reduce output to short peak viewing times and just relay other service for the rest of the day. It is very very unlikely that any more Local Multiplexes will ever be provided.

Whilst the loss of the free TV licence for most over 75s is a disgraceful decision by the BBC, it is not a charge for all channels as such, it is a licence to receive/record live TV (from anywhere!).

If you have good broadband with unlimited data usage, you may find that you can stream a lot of services that are not actually transmitted over air, or in your area. The other option you might want to consider is Freesat. If you have a modern TV it may already have a built-in Satellite tuner, so all you'd need is the Dish and LNB.

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Friday, 8 January 2021
Transmitter engineering

7:54 AM

STOCKLAND HILL transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 8 Jan 03:21 until 8 Jan 03:28. . [BBC]

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Monday, 11 January 2021
Richard CL
11:17 AM

Chris.SE: I was interested to read Chris's explanation regarding the Stockland Hill limitations due to population in the Transmitters reception area and thus perceived cost effectiveness of improvements to the Transmitter. However I was disappointed that he finished it suggesting a way out was to use the internet when it is obvious to most living in that same reception area that Broadband is poor and The Southwest seems unable to get any decent Broadband suppliers to sort the Broadband situation. Unfortunately I guess it is the same commerce groups that believe the Transmitter is not worth updating that believe delivering High Speed Broadband to all in the Southwest is not worth bothering about.

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Richard CL's 1 post GB flag

3:24 PM

Richard CL:

Firstly, it is not the same commercial groups responsible for the possible addition of TV or Radio services to transmitters and those for the installation of better broadband services.

Secondly, I'm well aware of the poor broadband in many rural areas (living in a rural area myself) BUT you only need a 2Mb/s connection in most cases to be able to stream SD TV and an even poorer connection to stream radio, in fact if you have any sort of internet connection you should be able to stream radio (all providing you aren't trying to use data for lots of other apps at the same time). The primary limitation with streaming is possible data limits if you are on a legacy broadband package. In which case get on to your ISP and negotiate a better deal or use one of the many comparison services available to find one.

If you don't feel there is enough being done/planned to improve rural broadband in your particular area, speak to your local authority who may be able to advise what plans they have in place, and failing any improvements that they are initiating, speak to your MP about Broadband improvement in your area.
As far as any improvement to Terrestrial DTV, ask your MP why has the Vaizey plan been totally forgotten by government? They had ample opportunity to have it/most of it implemented whilst the 700MHz clearance was taking place. The cost of doing it now is likely to be higher.

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Tuesday, 9 February 2021
Andrew Salmons
12:30 PM

I have recently moved into a new build close to Topsham. I have had an aerial installed in my loft and have BT TV. So far, I am unable to get any HD channels (BBC1,2, ITV, 4 or 5). I have had a BT engineer round and it is not an issue with the box or internet.

Just wondering if not being able to receive HD channels is a common problem or whether I need to get the aerial engineer back to fix it. My signal strength is high 80s and quality is 90s.


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Andrew Salmons's 2 posts GB flag

2:34 PM

Andrew Salmons: You should definitely be able to get BBC 1 HD, BBC 2 HD, ITV HD, Channel 4 HD, Channel 5 HD and CBBC HD (which are broadcast from every transmitter) on your BT YouView box. Do you get these channels if you connect the aerial direct to your TV? You will need to retune if you were receiving a different transmitter at your previous address.

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