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The symbol shows the location of the Cane Hill (Greater London, England) transmitter which serves 4,800 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 Cane Hill (Greater London, England) transmitter.

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

Which Freeview channels does the Cane Hill 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
C39 (618.0MHz)170mDTG-5W
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1 BBC One (SD) London, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 16 others

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C42 (642.0MHz)170mDTG-5W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (London), 4 Channel 4 (SD) London ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 London ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (London),

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C45 (666.0MHz)170mDTG-5W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD London, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV London), 104 Channel 4 HD London 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?

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The Cane Hill (Greater London, 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 Cane Hill transmitter?

regional news image
BBC London 4.9m homes 18.4%
from London W1A 1AA, 23km north (0°)
to BBC London region - 55 masts.
regional news image
ITV London News 4.9m homes 18.4%
from London WC1X 8XZ, 23km north (4°)
to ITV London region - 55 masts.

How will the Cane Hill (Greater London, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-1321 Nov 2018

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 4 Apr 12 and 18 Apr 12.

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

Analogue 1-4 25W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 5W

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. Cane Hill 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, 27 April 2011
Transmitter engineering

8:32 AM

CANE HILL transmitter - 27 April 2011: Engineering transmitter work will take place between 08:00hrs and 18:00hrs. TV services that will be disrupted: Analogue services - BBC1, BBC2, ITV & Channel 4. Digital services - N/A [DUK]

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Monday, 6 June 2011
Transmitter engineering

9:33 AM

CANE HILL transmitter - Over the next week Cane Hill relay: TV (analogue) Service Shutdowns, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 150,829 posts xx flag
Monday, 12 November 2012
d gould
3:34 PM

we are having problems on all channels with either no channels or very bad pixiling .can you help

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Dave Lindsay

5:33 PM

d gould: The most common cause of such an issue is that the receiver has tuned to the wrong transmitter (i.e. the one which the aerial does not face and was installed for).

Therefore the first thing is to establish that you are watching the output of the correct transmitter.

At your location you may be able to receive from the main Crystal Palace transmitter and the Cane Hill relay. The former broadcasts all channels and is south south west with the aerial horizontal. The latter broadcasts only Public Service (PSB) channels and is north north east (the opposite direction of Crystal Palace) with the aerial vertical.

On each of the channels/services below, bring up the signal strength screen and observe which UHF channel it is tuned to.

The channels for Crystal Palace (CP) and Cane Hill (CH) are:

PSB1 | BBC One | CP=C23 | CH=C58
PSB2 | ITV1 | CP=C26 | CH=C49
PSB3 | BBC One HD | CP=C30 | CH=C54
COM4 | ITV3 | CP=C25
COM5 | Pick TV | CP=C22
COM6 | Film4 | CP=C28

If your aerial faces Cane Hill and has tuned in Crystal Palace PSBs, then run the automatic tuning scan through with the aerial unplugged for the first 50% to miss out scanning of CP channels. This should give you Cane Hill's PSBs with no COMs (Commercials).

If your aerial faces Crystal Palace and has tuned in Cane Hill's PSBs, then run the automatic tuning scan and unplug at 30% then plug in again when the scan has completed.

The small transmitters like Cane Hill do not broadcast COM channels because the Commercial broadcasters do not consider it worth their while to pay for them. As a result, anyone using them will not have the COMs (or may do poorly/intermittantly due to picking them up from another transmitter).

Some, such as yourself, may be able to change to using Crystal Palace to get the full service. Those who have no choice and who cannot receive from a full-service transmitter will only have PSB channels.

For a full list of Freeview channels by multiplex (PSB/COM), see:

DTG :: DTT Services by Multiplex

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Dave Lindsay

5:51 PM

d gould: I should add that Reigate "may" be a possibility to some degree and it is vertically polarised, as Cane Hill, and in the opposite direction. It is a full-service transmitter and its channels are:

60, 57, 53(HD), 21, 24, 27

If you have your aerial on Cane Hill, then you may be looking to switch to Crystal Palace. See ATV's site for lots of information and products:

Crystal Palace Transmitter

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Monday, 16 December 2013
10:53 PM

no signal tonight at cane hill, is it weather related, tried the reset procedure

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ads's 3 posts GB flag

11:45 PM

ads: The Cane Hill transmitter is shown as being off-air since 9.30pm. If you have lost channels from your channel list due to re-tuning with no signal present you will need to re-tune again when service resumes.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 18 December 2013
9:54 PM

any idea when it will be back on ? still not working !

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ads's 3 posts GB flag

11:45 PM

ads: BBC engineering information reports that the Cane Hill transmitter returned to service at 9.56am yesterday, 17th December 2013.

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Sunday, 25 May 2014
Allan Warby
5:34 PM

Has BBC 3 HD TV stopped transmitting in London. I have a message which says not service. BBC 4 HD is working. ?
Many Thanks

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