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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 17/06/2024 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 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 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), 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?

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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, 11 April 2012
Mike Dimmick

2:28 PM

peter T: Also check that your box is not one that is known to have a problem with the larger Network Information Table used from 2009 -…tnit .

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Mike Dimmick

2:37 PM

David Kanareck: It may be a shortage of channel memory, where the left-over information from before switchover is not being cleared out, so the new information is only stored in temporary memory rather than permanent.

Others have reported success (on other equipment) by doing a full first-time installation with the aerial unplugged, to clear everything out, then plugging the aerial back in and scanning again. Or, retune with the aerial unplugged, then plug in and manually scan the most important multiplexes first (though a simple lowest-to-highest scan would find the ITV/C4/C5 multiplex first, then the BBC channels). If the TV allows you to delete channels, alternatively try scanning the multiplexes with the most channels first, and deleting the channels you don't want (e.g. start with Mux D on C29 and delete all the shopping and adult channels).

Guides specific to your equipment may be available at TV Re-tune productmanuals .

19PFL isn't specific enough to identify your TV. 19 is simply the screen size (19") and PFL indicates it's a Philips TV. The important numbers and letters are *after* the PFL.

If you're unlucky, you may find it's not compatible with 8K mode, or has a problem with some channels being in 8K mode and some in 2K mode. I even heard of some equipment that had different memory for the two modes and it wouldn't always clear both of them on a normal rescan!

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
4:57 PM

Nothing changed when it happened, i was watching ITV1 one minute, the next the display was saying no signal. Cables and connections inhouse are fine. If something happened externally there's no way of knowing.

With the analogue indoors aerial I only get BBC1 & BBC2 (which are both clear and NOT snowy) and ITV, C4 and C5 say no signal and the screen is black.

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Big Mart

9:22 PM

jb38: I don't understand mux channel changes or one disappearing !!

I know last week, I did an autoscan and it didn't work (aerial still plugged in), I wasn't receiving all the channels. I then did a manufacturer's reset and everything was sorted! So would it be quicker to do that first time?

(This time I have made a note of my settings for picture and sound as they all get reset and it takes ages to get them right again!).

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Michael Brockwell
9:43 PM

My postcode is SM7 3JT. Have retuned all tv's and boxes in the house with two showing reduced signal strength on mux 23, but sufficient to receive without breakup. One TV though a Samsung LE22B350 has no signal on any BBC channel, despite numerous re-tunes. Any ideas?

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11:15 PM

Big Mart: You ask if you would require to carry out a manufacturers reset next week when the next re-tune is required and I in effect said no, although not as many words!, as if you carried out a re-tune "with the aerial unplugged" that would delete anything stored.

The reason I specifically did not mention manufacturers reset is because as you have found out for yourself all of your personal settings will be lost, and this puts some people to a lot of bother "if" they are unaware how to remake all the personal settings.

In other words, the procedure I mentioned in most cases is all that's required, its only if some odd problem happens to crop up then its time for the full reset to be carried out.

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Thursday, 12 April 2012
Michael Brockwell
7:18 PM

Michael Brockwell:

Thanks Dave. I used an old indoor aerial which produced fine pictures on the full power multiplex. A fair bit of breakup on the remaining channels but until Wednesday they are still on low power. Presumably they will be ok after then.

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Dave Lindsay

7:27 PM

Michael Brockwell: If the problem is signal overload, then a perminant solution may be to install an attenuator inline with the lead from the roof-top aerial. Attenuators are available from eBay for a few pounds (other sources are available).

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Steve Brown
8:55 PM
Kingston Upon Thames

I have a Sharp LC-32WD1E purchased in 2007 and live KT2 5JH. Since the first stage of the digital switchover I have (a) retuned, (b) reset to factory defaults (c) unplugged the TV for 30 seconds then plugged back in, unplugged the aerial and done a channel search - resulting in no stations found, and (d) repeated the channel search with the aerial reconnected.
I cannot pick up the multiplex group 1 (BBC1, BBC2, BBC3, etc). Can anyone help?
Thanks in advance,
Steve Brown

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