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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 SD, 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), 45 Film4 +1,

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)186mDTG-670W
Channel icons
86 More4 +1, 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 60 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, 5Spike, 5STAR, 5STAR +1, 5USA, 5USA +1, AlJazeera English (SD), Aljazeera English HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBeebies HD, CBS Drama, CBS Justice, CBS Reality, CBS Reality +1, Challenge, Channel 4+1 HD, Channel 5 +1, CITV, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama, E4 +1, Food Network, Forces TV, Freesports, Home, Horror Channel, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Together TV +1, Movies4Men, NOW 80s, Now 90s, Paramount Network, PBS America, pick, Pick +1, Quest +1, Quest Red, Quest Red +1, Really, RT HD, Sewing Quarter, Sky News, Smithsonian Channel HD, Sony Movie Channel, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, Together TV, Yesterday, YourTV.

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.

Comments
Wednesday, 18 April 2012
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John Robinson
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

10:33 AM

fatima redwan: Alexandra Palace wasn't transmitting those channels at all up until 4 April, but now it is. If you were getting those channels before, then you must have been getting them from another transmitter. If you haven't already, you need to retune your set-top box or TV, see My Freeview box has no EPG, is blank on FIVE, ITV3, ITV4, ITV2+1, has no sound or the channel line up is wrong | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice and Freeview reception has changed? | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice

And no, it's not a con to get people to pay for satellite. Quite the opposite, part of the point of switchover is to get more channels to more people.

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John Robinson
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

10:35 AM

Sorry, Ally Pally wasn't transmitting those channels and still isn't, so you must have been and can continue to get them from elsewhere.

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John Robinson's 43 posts GB
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Cat
11:23 AM
London

When is the Ally Pally transmitter going to get its scheduled boost?

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:30 AM

fatima redwan: The Commercial broadcasters' interest is profit. They have no "Public Service" obligations, unlike BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

For a more in-depth explanation of why Alexandra Palace transmitter does not carry these services, see Will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice

However, if you received Freeview before switchover then you must have been picking it up from another transmitter which carried it then. Transmitters that carried it before have a full service now. So I expect that you should be able to get all channels.

Therefore "if" your aerial points at the Alexandra Palace transmitter and you got Freeview before, then it was on a wing and prayer as the aerial was facing the wrong way. If this is the case, then you probably need to have your aerial replaced with one on, probably Crystal Palace, to pick up all services.

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:31 AM

Cat: Alexandra Palace digital transmitter is now on air.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Saturday, 21 April 2012
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Stephen Ward
8:33 PM
London

In the month before switchover we had all channels on Freeview and analogue, all from a rooftop aerial pointed at Crystal Palace. I've retuned three different tuners every day.

Since swichover the number of channels varies from day to day or more frequenly. Much of the time there are only some of the more obscure channels with no ITV or BBC or Channel 4. This morning there was BBC but no ITV, then for a few hours all channels, then briefly nothing at all, and now BBC and some others again but no ITV.

Are they still tweaking the transmitter to adjust the signal? I dont want to waste money on a TV aerial engineer if that's still going on.

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Stephen Ward's 1 post GB
Friday, 18 May 2012
Tuesday, 14 January 2014
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:23 PM

ALEXANDRA PALACE transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 12:57 today to 13:38 today, HD Digital TV Off Air from 12:57 today to 13:38 today. DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 12:57 today to 13:39 today. [BBC]

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Wednesday, 15 January 2014
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:24 AM

ALEXANDRA PALACE transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 12:57 yesterday to 13:38 yesterday, HD Digital TV Off Air from 12:57 yesterday to 13:38 yesterday. DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 12:57 yesterday to 13:39 yesterday. [BBC]

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Thursday, 16 January 2014
Transmitter engineering
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4:24 AM

ALEXANDRA PALACE transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 12:57 on 14 Jan to 13:38 on 14 Jan, HD Digital TV Off Air from 12:57 on 14 Jan to 13:38 on 14 Jan. DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 12:57 on 14 Jan to 13:39 on 14 Jan. [BBC]

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