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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-200,000W
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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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

 H max
C26 (514.0MHz)324mDTG-200,000W
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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),

 H max
C30- (545.8MHz)324mDTG-200,000W
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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, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H max
C25 (506.0MHz)314mDTG-8200,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 Great! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

 H max
C22 (482.0MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H max
C28- (529.8MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

 H -10dB
C35 (586.0MHz)324mDTG-1220,000W
Channel icons
from 31st March 2014: 8 LONDON LIVE,

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, 12km north-northwest (335°)
to BBC London region - 55 masts.
regional news image
ITV London News 4.9m homes 18.4%
from London WC1X 8XZ, 11km north-northwest (345°)
to ITV London region - 55 masts.

Are there any self-help relays?

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

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20122012-1321 Mar 2018

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - 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?

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

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.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012
Transmitter engineering

4:32 AM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - Over the next week Crystal Palace main transmitter: TV (analogue) Liable to interruption, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering

4:32 AM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - Over the next week Crystal Palace main transmitter: TV (analogue) Liable to interruption, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 144,052 posts xx flag
5:21 PM

Hi can you tell me whether or not purchasing a tv with freeview will benefit me at all. I have a tv in the lounge with a sky+ plus, I also have a tv in the bedroom without freeview, but at the moment can watch 1-5 and also by putting the tv on channel 6 can watch sky from the lounge via a magic eye.
Could you tell me that if i purchased a tv with freeview built in would i still be able to put the tv on a seperate channel to watch sky through my magic eye as before,and also watch freeview when I dont want to watch sky.
If so what channel or source would i need to put my sky on to watch it through the eye, without interferring with the freeview.

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Wendy's 6 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

5:58 PM

Wendy: You will need to ensure that the TV you buy has an analogue tuner in. That is the "old" system.

In order to watch your Sky box you will have to select the analogue part of your new TV.

As the five analogue channels you have at the moment are on Freeview, you may just not bother tuning them in on the analogue part of your new TV. If you put your Sky box on analogue number 1 (instead of BBC One analogue), you will just need to press the button that switches to analogue in order to watch Sky.

If you want help, let us know the model number that you intend to buy and we should hopefully be able to find the specification to see if it will work with your Sky box.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Mark Fletcher

10:29 PM

New Forest.Yes you're fourth paragraph is correct.Well spotted !

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robert thompson
11:36 PM

The trouble with digital is unlike the old transmission method it's all 1s and 0s with no buffering so anything that is not regulated by the fcc is going to cause a disturbance like the moped's that drive up and down my road that is HT voltage especialy when they take the resistors out of the plug caps to get a stronger spark anyway even an electric motor can cause a disturbance eg a drill a flu extractor fan on your boiler anything that is not regulated by our friends at the fcc the trick is the chances are your ariel is fine it's the instalation that is most likley at fault this can be rectified by reducing the airel cable length if possible,never use a booster at the tv end all this does is amplify a possibly weak signal and interferience use a booster as close to the airel as possible also low loss screened coax is very recommended.Distance = resistance which = attenuation and for a low signal and believe me it is low otherwise the nice men at the fcc would shut it down due to the health risk at those at close proximity. In short most of us can dramaticly improve our quality of reception at very little or NO cost. But if you are one of the unlucky ones who are far from your local repeater then get a high gain airel and follow the instructions above i hope this is helpfull and in my opinion keep it analog i could deal with a bit of fuzz and the occisional ghost image on the screen but when my tv starts talking like a robot i get the ump.

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robert thompson's 3 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 14 March 2012
5:25 PM

Hi all
Quick question. Regarding the switch over of the crystal palace transmitter. Currently my digital reception is a bit iffy, which i've been fully expecting in the run up to the april switch over, as several channels such as Five US etc where received ok, most of the time, but now don't show and even ITV2 is in and out.

Whilst I must wait patiently for the switch to occur i do have 1 question. What is it that is actually changing with the transmitter??

Is the current digital signal just going to be turned on and left on, or is the power of the signal going to be ramped up and be more powerful and provide more channels??

I.e. I've never been able to receive BBC HD. Will this be viewable following the switch over? I'm wondering, as I've on the fringe of the crystal palace reception

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Matt's 2 posts GB flag
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Diane Stanton
9:51 PM

Aeriel is 2 years old and on the roof, but we have lost all itv signals,over the last 2 days. BBc channels are fine, please can you explain what is wrong.

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Mark Fletcher

9:58 PM

Diane Stanton.Rayleigh.I would look up inversion effect.Atmospherics conditions are at work.

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10:28 PM

Matt: The current analogue and 20kw digital transmitters at Crystal Palace will be replaced with brand new 200kW digital transmitters. Mux BBCA enters service on 4th April 2012 with all the standard definition BBC tv and BBC national radio services. The remaining high power digital transmitters enter service on 18th April 2012. From this date you are predicted to have good reception on all muxes and excellent reception on the HD services!

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