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Full Freeview on the Crystal Palace (Greater London, England) transmitter

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The symbol shows the location of the Crystal Palace (Greater London, England) transmitter which serves 4,490,000 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.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Crystal Palace (Greater London, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Crystal Palace 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
C23 (490.0MHz)324mDTG-3200,000W
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1 BBC One London, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 17 others

 H max
C26 (514.0MHz)324mDTG-3200,000W
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3 ITV (London), 4 Channel 4 London ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 London ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (London),

 H max
C30- (545.8MHz)324mDTG-6200,000W
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45 Film4 +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, 123 CBBC HD,

 H max
C25 (506.0MHz)314mDTG-8200,000W
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10 ITV3, 20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 My5, 58 ITV Be +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 61 True Entertainment, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze, 83 Blaze +1, 92 Quest +1, 122 CITV, plus 18 others

 H max
C22 (482.0MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
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11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 68 truTV, 69 Tru TV +1, 72 YourTV, 132 Sky News, plus 12 others

 H max
C28- (529.8MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
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 BT Showcase (not free), 18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 Spike, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 64 CBS Action, 71 CBS Drama, 73 YourTV +1, 79 Dave ja vu, 90 Quest Red +1, plus 21 others

 H -10dB
C29 (538.0MHz)324mDTG-1220,000W
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from 31st March 2014: 8 LONDON LIVE,

 H -6.7dB
C33 (570.0MHz)324mDTG-643,100W
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56 5USA +1, 57 VIVA, 67 CBS Reality +1, 74 CBS Action +1, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 82 Vintage TV, 87 Keep It Country, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera Eng HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, 124 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

 H -7dB
C35 (586.0MHz)324mDTG-639,800W
Channel icons
55 5STAR+1, 63 Community Channel, 86 More4 1, 91 Front Runner TV, plus 4 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
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Crystal Palace transmitter?

regional news image
BBC London 4.9m homes 18.4%
from London W1A 1AA, 11km north-northwest
to BBC London region - 55 masts.
regional news image
ITV London News 4.9m homes 18.4%
from London WC1X 8XZ, 11km north-northwest
to ITV London region - 55 masts.

Are there any self-help relays?

Charlton AthleticTransposerRedeveloped north stand Charlton Athletic Football Club130 homes
DeptfordTransposersouth-east London100 homes
GreenfordTransposer12 km N Heathrow Airport203 homes
HendonTransposerGraham Park estate50 homes
White CityTransposer9 km W central London80 homes

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

years1950s~851984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-1730th Jun 2018-
aerial groupVHFA KA KA KA KA KA KA K

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?

Analogue 1-4 1000kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 200kW
com7(-13.7dB) 43.1kW
com8(-14dB) 39.8kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*, LW(-17dB) 20kW
PreDSO-BBCB*(-20dB) 10kW

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. Crystal 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.

Saturday, 31 December 2016
5:17 PM

Francis Caves:

Many areas are affected by the current weather patterns and loss of one or more channels does not seem unusual in the circumstances. DO NOT RETUNE as that will lose what channels you currently have. The weather affect can be fairly localised, and depends on which other transmitter signals are interfering with the wanted signals.

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MikeP's 1,444 posts Gold Gold GB
Tuesday, 11 April 2017
8:47 PM London

Hi HD Provider,
Hopefully you can assist. We have a Samsung HD TV, the aeriel is located on the chimney stack approximately 10 metres above ground level. The HD signal has been perfect until the past two weeks when the hd vision has broken up, picture freeze and then blank screen followed by a message of week signal strength/aeriel disconnected. Aeriel connections have been checked and they are fine and have not been disturbed. My post code is N9 9SP
Can you assist please.
Best regards,
Mike Jenner

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9:22 PM

Firstly, I think you need to make sure only the website gets your email address - we certainly dont?

Ok - check actual signal strength and what transmitter your tuned into. It could be your on the wrong one. If the signal is too high (and your just 22km from Crystal Palace), that can look much the same as too low. See 'too much of a good thing' on this website.

And check the signal path back - a lose connection or frayed cable can really cause problems, as I found out today when trying to get the cats cradle of a system in the loft of my new house to work after the electrician had been!

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MikeB's 2,152 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Martin Rosen
11:02 PM

Hi I had a similar problem in NW9 a few weeks ago. I reported it here. However, it seems to have sorted itself out. Although not reported, I can only presume it was a weak signal being sent. However, there is a lot of building work going on in the area, but if it was that, why isn't it happening all the time?

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Martin Rosen's 65 posts Bronze Bronze GB
Wednesday, 12 April 2017
11:06 AM

Martin Rosen: I can't imagine Crystal Palace sending out a signal that would be weak in NW9!

Again, the most likely problem is the persons own system. People forget that their TV is connected to their aerial (which is itself just bits of metal constantly blasted by the weather) by a piece of cabling just 6mm wide, and has numerous joints, connections and push-together plugs. If just one fails, then thats the whole system. And if moisture gets in when it rains, but then dries out, you can get a problem that seemingly clears itself up, until next time.

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MikeB's 2,152 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Martin Rosen
10:17 PM

MikeB: I will check next time it is raining to see if there is a difference, or if it appears before. However, if that was the fault, would it not appear on all stations - it was happening on BBC News and BBC 4, if I recall.

Unfortunately I have no access to the aerial as it a communial aerial in a block of flats across the road to me.

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Martin Rosen's 65 posts Bronze Bronze GB
Thursday, 13 April 2017
10:32 PM

Martin Rosen:

Such events can affect just one multiplex or a few. Now that we know you are on a communal aerial, please check with your neighbours who also use that aerial system and not a satellite dish or cable service. If they are getting the same problems then the aeerial system needs attention so that should be reported to the management of the building. If they are not then it is likely a fault in your system or cables.

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MikeP's 1,444 posts Gold Gold GB
Tuesday, 6 June 2017
10:53 AM

London W9 2JD:
Problems with reception since 2nd June 2017. retuned but problem worse with loss of channels (ITVs C4, C5, etc). BBC channels working but other channels intermittent reception (image broken up pixelated). Order of listing of TV and radio channels has changed with new numbering such as 801, 802, etc... . No radio channel reception. 2nd TV retuned which caused loss of all TV Freeview channels and radio channels with no reception. neighbour's TV at same address (same aerial) no reception.
Aerial on roof.

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Meriem's 1 post GB
11:17 AM

Meriem: Your aerial system is at fault.

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MikeB's 2,152 posts Platinum Platinum GB
3:54 PM London

BT Showcase.
I notice that in the Crystal Palace and Talconeston details, it has the wrong information.

I believe it has changed as follows; was Freeview channel 59 (in SD), upto a few weeks ago. It has been been changed to Freeview 115 (in HD).

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