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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)186mDTG-370W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) London, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C32 (562.0MHz)186mDTG-370W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (London), 4 Channel 4 (SD) London ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 London ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (London),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)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, plus 1 others

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 58 Freeview channels?

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The Alexandra Palace (Greater London, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4Music, 4seven, 4seven HD, 5SELECT, 5STAR, 5STAR +1, 5USA, 5USA +1, Aljazeera English, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBeebies HD, CBS Drama, CBS Justice +1, CBS Reality, CBS Reality +1, Challenge, Channel 4+1 HD, Channel 5 +1, CITV, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama, E4 +1, Film4 +1, Food Network, Forces TV, FreeSports HD, HGTV, Horror Channel, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Together TV +1, More4 +1, NOW 80s, Now 90s, Paramount Network +1, PBS America +1, pick, Pick +1, Quest +1, Quest Red, Quest Red +1, Really, RT HD, Shopping Quarter , Sky News, Smithsonian Channel, Sony Movies Action, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, Together, Yesterday.

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?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-1724 Jul 2019
C/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TC/D E TC/D E TA K T
C31BBCA
C32D3+4
C37BBCB
C49tv_offBBCABBCABBCA
C54tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4wavesBBCBBBCBBBCB
C58tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesD3+4D3+4D3+4
C61ITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves
C64BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) by 30 June 2020 - 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 4 Apr 12 and 18 Apr 12.

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.

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Thursday, 10 November 2011
Transmitter engineering
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4:33 AM

ALEXANDRA PALACE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air from 22:35 on 08 Nov to 23:45 on 08 Nov BBC ONE Off Air from 03:20 yesterday to 03:34 yesterday BBC TWO Off Air from 22:35 on 08 Nov to 23:45 on 08 Nov BBC TWO Off Air from 03:20 yesterday to 03:34 yesterday [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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10:28 AM

ALEXANDRA PALACE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air from 03:20 yesterday to 03:34 yesterday BBC ONE Off Air from 22:35 on 08 Nov to 23:45 on 08 Nov BBC TWO Off Air from 03:20 yesterday to 03:34 yesterday BBC TWO Off Air from 22:35 on 08 Nov to 23:45 on 08 Nov [BBC]

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Friday, 11 November 2011
Transmitter engineering
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4:28 AM

ALEXANDRA PALACE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air from 03:20 on 09 Nov to 03:34 on 09 Nov BBC ONE Off Air from 22:35 on 08 Nov to 23:45 on 08 Nov BBC TWO Off Air from 03:20 on 09 Nov to 03:34 on 09 Nov BBC TWO Off Air from 22:35 on 08 Nov to 23:45 on 08 Nov [BBC]

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12:39 PM

ALEXANDRA PALACE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air from 22:35 on 08 Nov to 23:45 on 08 Nov BBC ONE Off Air from 03:20 on 09 Nov to 03:34 on 09 Nov BBC TWO Off Air from 22:35 on 08 Nov to 23:45 on 08 Nov BBC TWO Off Air from 03:20 on 09 Nov to 03:34 on 09 Nov [BBC]

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Sunday, 13 November 2011
Transmitter engineering
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4:37 AM

ALEXANDRA PALACE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air from 03:20 on 09 Nov to 03:34 on 09 Nov BBC TWO Off Air from 03:20 on 09 Nov to 03:34 on 09 Nov [BBC]

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Thursday, 29 December 2011
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Jane Hill
10:45 PM

When I tried to get a set-top box two or three years ago the John Lewis man gave up in despair as my flat in Muswell Avenue had no digital signal whatsoever. He said I was in a "blackspot", under the shadow of the hill at Alexandra Palace which was blocking the signal from Crystal Palace. When the Alexandra Palace transmitter goes digital in April, will I be able to receive Freeview? I've been told that my property is not caabled for Virgin and I'm worried I'll have no TV at all come the spring!

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Jane Hill
11:12 PM
London

Sorry, should have added that it is a ground floor flat in a terraced house with a roof aerial

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Friday, 30 December 2011
Dave Lindsay
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12:34 AM

Jane Hill: When the analogue signal is switched off, the power of digital transmissions will be increased which will mean that they will reach further than before switchover. At present, they (digital signals) are at lower transmission power and therefore don't cover the same area as analogue.

The idea is that the coverage of the post-switchover signals will be about the same as that of analogue.

There can be no 100% guarantee, so the question that you pose cannot have a yes/no answer. The only time it can be answered 'yes' is when you successfully receive digital TV after switchover.

Thus, the answer to the question is that is it quite likely that you will receive digital TV after switchover. If you cannot, then a replacement aerial might be needed.

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Dave Lindsay
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12:51 AM

Jane Hill: Do you presently receive analogue TV?

Is your aerial definately directed at Alexandra Palace transmitter as the Digital UK predictor suggests that both Crystal Palace and Alexandra Palace might be possible. I also looked on Google Streetview and some aerials do seem to be pointing at each one. The difference in direction isn't great (50 degrees or so) so it's not too easy to see from Streetview.

If you are on Crystal Palace then you will receive all the commercial channels as well. If you are on Alexandra Palace, then you won't receive the commercial channels, just the Public Service Broadcaster ones which are BBC, ITV1, ITV2, C4, E4, More4, C5 and a few others.

Crystal Palace is at 164 degrees and Alexandra Palace is at 117 degrees which means that Crystal Palace is slightly clockwise of Alexandra Palace.

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1:03 AM

Jane Hill: It is also probably worth pointing out that Alexandra Palace, like many similar small relay transmitters, does not currently broadcast digital TV. This means that any attempt to receive digital TV now (before switchover) at your current location can only ever be from Crystal Palace for which there is a hill in the way.

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