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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Crystal Palace (Greater London, England) mast?

Crystal Palace transmitter - Crystal Palace transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 15/04/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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

Which Freeview channels does the Crystal 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.

 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, plus 16 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),

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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, 107 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! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H max
C22 (482.0MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
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11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H max
C28- (529.8MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
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12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 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?

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?

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;
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 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.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012
6:11 PM

yep same problem with the blue screen asking to retune mine is also the bush model all day ive had this now atm the blue screen has not come up for about 10 mins so im saying this is progress what i done was as follows.

1. pressed ok for the retune but then press exit before it started to retune giving me the no channels option.

2. I then unplugged the set top box for 30 seconds

3. started it back up and done a factory retune for the first time.

4. i was then asked to retune again pressed ok.

5. finished installation so far so good.

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Ray's 1 post GB flag

6:18 PM

AD: If you can receive the main PSB muxes OK, namely BBC1 - ITV1 - HD service then that doesn't require checking, but to check if you have received each of the three commercial muxes try a test by selecting (and viewing) each of these programme channel numbers in turn: 10 ITV3 - 11 Pick TV - 12 Yesterday, and if you can then its liable to indicate all is OK.

You can of course receive these three from Hannington, but by them being indicated on the predictor as "poor" its unlikely that they would be at a viewable level.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Big Mart

6:36 PM

I did the retune this morning and found I was getting no signal from BBC1, BBC2, BBC3 (no caption), BBC News. I retuned another couple of times to no avail.

I contacted Sony and when I eventually got through, she took me through a factory reset and it all seems to be working okay now.

On a slightly different subject, I notice I am now receiving 129 channels, previously 115. Anybody know what the extra 14 are - a quick glance on the EPG and I can't identify them.

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Dave Lindsay

6:45 PM

Big Mart: I suspect that the 14 comes from the BBC duplicates that exist inbetween the two stages of switchover.

Prior to switchover BBC Four, CBeebies, BBC Parliament and BBC radio are on Mux B but move to the main BBC standard definition mux at switchover. This is the one you have now, along with the pre-switchover Mux B.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
7:38 PM

Retuned my tv this morning no ITV, channel 4, channel 5 and all programs on channel 22 when i do a rescan or manual scan. Anyone having this problem, LG tv is about 4 years old.

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Alex's 2 posts GB flag

7:45 PM

AD: I had also meant to add, that the procedure you used of having performed a factory reset prior to carrying out a re-tune is always the best, as it guarantees that no remnants from a previous scan will be lurking about in the EPG memory to cause problems, such as previously stored channels being lost during night time switch off and caused by the tuners memory capacity having being exceeded.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
7:46 PM

Ray, you're a star! Just followed your procedure and and my Mother's Bush BU11FVZS2 box is no longer driving her mad with the constant re-tune required message, and I can finally get off the phone!
Many thanks.

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Graham's 1 post GB flag
8:34 PM

I too have a Pace OnDigital box and have re:tuned, only to lose two channels: BBC1 & BBC2.

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Stephen's 2 posts GB flag
8:37 PM

RE earlier comment @7.38.

I have loft aerial and have been having signal problems on and off for a while now. Signal will just disapper in the middle of a tv program and then come back. Live in essex.

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8:37 PM

Hi all.
Quick question, I was under the impression that as of today, BBC HD, ITV HD, C4 HD etc, would all become available, yet they are not received.

I'm in the SS12 9NF postcode. BBC 1 signal strength had gone to 90% so I removed the booster incase the signal was too strong. I've read that its meant to be around 75%. Now its removed its down to about 50%.

Anyone else have the same prolem? how do I get these channels

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