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The symbol shows the location of the Alexandra Palace (Greater London, England) transmitter which serves 4,600 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 Alexandra Palace (Greater London, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Alexandra Palace 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.

 H max
C49 (698.0MHz)186mDTG-370W
Channel icons
1 BBC One London, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 11 others

 H max
C58 (770.0MHz)186mDTG-370W
Channel icons
 E4, 3 ITV (London), 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (London), 73 Sewing Quarter,

 H max
C54 (738.0MHz)186mDTG-670W
Channel icons
101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV London), 104 Channel 4 HD London ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 0 Freeview channels?

The Alexandra Palace (Greater London, 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 Alexandra Palace transmitter?

regional news image
BBC London 4.9m homes 18.4%
from London W1A 1AA, 9km south (186°)
to BBC London region - 55 masts.
regional news image
ITV London News 4.9m homes 18.4%
from London WC1X 8XZ, 8km south (170°)
to ITV London region - 55 masts.

How will the Alexandra Palace (Greater London, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

years1984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-1731st Mar 2018-
aerial groupC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E

orange background for multiplexes names more
green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: 4G from 30 June 2020more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 4th April and 18th April 2012.

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

BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 70W
Analogue 1-4(-0.3dB) 65W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Crystal Palace transmitter area

Sep 1955-Jul 1968Associated-Rediffusion†
Sep 1955-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1992Thames†
Jul 1968-Feb 2004London Weekend Television♦
Jan 1993-Feb 2004Carlton†
Feb 2004-Dec 2014ITV plc†
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. Alexandra Palace 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.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018
Transmitter engineering
6:06 AM

ALEXANDRA PALACE transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Reduced Quality from 08:21 yesterday to 08:26 yesterday, HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 08:21 yesterday to 08:26 yesterday. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 112,376 posts Owner Owner xx
Thursday, 11 October 2018
Transmitter engineering
6:06 AM

ALEXANDRA PALACE transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Reduced Quality from 08:21 on 09 Oct to 08:26 on 09 Oct, HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 08:21 on 09 Oct to 08:26 on 09 Oct. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 112,376 posts Owner Owner xx
Sunday, 18 November 2018
1:46 AM

How can i tell my TV to use a particular transmitter?
-It always goes to crystal palace but alexander palace is in line of sight and must have a better signal.

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Paul's 2 posts US
8:02 AM

IF you remove the tv aerial connection from your tv and retune it will then wipe out the memory of the television.Now put tv aerial back in go to manual settings on television and input the transmitters frequencies manually.

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andy's 9 posts GB
11:14 AM

Paul: Bear in mind that Alexandra Palace will give you far fewer channels and also broadcasts at much lower power (it was only brought back in to service as a relay to fill gaps in Crystal Palace's coverage). Also, which transmitter is your aerial pointed at?

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StevensOnln1's 2,152 posts Platinum Platinum US
11:22 AM


Further to that said by others, to check which transmitter your TV is tuned to go to the manual tuning page and not the channel number for several of the programmes. Freeview transmitters broadcast several programme on common channels known as a multiplex, so some will be thae same as others but some different. Once you have listed some of the different channels found go to the Digital UK Coverage Checker at Digital UK - Coverage checker and put iin your post code and house number. Then scroll down the list and check which transmitter matches the channels you have found on the TV. DO NOT RETUNE.

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MikeP's 2,480 posts Platinum Platinum GB
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