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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.

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, 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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (London),

 H max
C30- (545.8MHz)324mDTG-200,000W
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56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 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, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

 H max
C22 (482.0MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
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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, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H max
C28- (529.8MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 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, 11km north-northwest (334°)
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.

Friday, 20 April 2012
Big Mart

11:14 PM

I have both a Sony television and a Sony Digital Recorder. Having done the retuning all channels seem to be perfect on the tv.

On the recorder the HD channels the picture breaks up intermittently for about a second or two.

When I did the retuning, I did it (as advised here) on the tv without the aerial first time and second time with the aerial. With the recorder I just did it with the aerial connected. Is it worth doing it again without and then with the aerial to the recorder?

It isn't a great hassle as I can obviously record off 1, 2, 3 etc.

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Big Mart's 83 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

11:22 PM

Big Mart: Check that the HD channels on your recorder are coming in on UHF channel 30 and not 21 which is Sandy Heath.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Saturday, 21 April 2012
12:04 AM

East Dulwich - since the 18th April, our channels have almost all disappeared...only a couple remain and it is patchy reception (BBC 1..)

-Samsung (new TV, was perfect with HD channels a few days ago)
-full factory reset and auto tune...


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chris's 2 posts GB
12:56 AM

had a new ditigal aerial installed ready for this, points at crystal palace transmitter as of yet no aerial error's keep coming up, tried factory reset and different freeview box, my old aerial points to one fo the east anglia tranmisters that works fine.

mystfied to what the problem is...

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jon's 1 post GB
Dave Lindsay

4:55 AM

chris: On the basis that you are a mile or two from the Crystal Palace transmitter, it is quite likely that the problem is that the signal going into your TV is now overwhelming it. Put an attenuator inline with your aerial lead to reduce the signals' levels.

Freeview signals: too much of a good thing is bad for you | - independent free digital TV advice

As a temporary measure, in order to watch television, you need to find a way to put less signal into the TV.

Some suggestions:

- A set-top aerial.
- If the aerial lead is one that screws together, try removing the outer part of the plug so that you can insert only the inner pin into the socket.
- A wire coathanger or large paperclip around 6in long inserted into the inner part of the socket may work.
- You may find that an aerial lead on its own may work, perhaps fixed to the wall.

See which of the above works the best with the BBC channels that you have. The signal strength screen should give you some idea. The signal strength screen should hopefully also be telling you that it is tuned to UHF channel 23 (which is BBC standard definition from Crystal Palace).

Having done this, then use manual tuning instead of automatic, adding each group of programme channels, as shown at the top of this page. If you find that one is unavailable (no signal), then move on to the next, noting which are missing.

As shown above (for tuning):

BBC One=C23
BBC One HD=C30
Pick TV=C22

If, having done a manual scan of these channels, you are missing one or more, then use the ones you have to guide you as to where to best position your makeshift aerial and then try again manually tuning to the missing channel(s).

As the programme channels are in groups, there is no need to look at the rest in the group. So if BBC One is OK, then you know that BBC Two, BBC Three etc are OK as well. Stick to viewing the strengths and qualities of the above six services.

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Dave Lindsay

5:08 AM

jon: Some boxes and TVs won't work after switchover, so use one that you have found to work with your other (Sudbury/Anglia) aerial.

As I suggested to chris, above, try manually tuning to the five (or six if it's HD) channel numbers. Be aware that the receiver may already have stored them in the 800s, so depending on its design, it may appear to do nothing.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
10:19 AM

thanks for the advice I will look into those now,


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chris's 2 posts GB
1:30 PM


For what its worth, I am in Herne Hill, and have no problems with my new Samsung TV, all HD channels are fine.
I can even get reception using just an indoor aerial, which was previously impossible.

I still can't get anything on my Media Center PCs, but Microsoft has just confessed that "We have been informed by our data providers that there was a temporary delay in data upload, but this should be correct tomorrow". So I'll try again tomorrow.

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kate's 7 posts GB
5:18 PM
Bourne End

Hi, I hope someone can help. Since digital switchover on 18th April, I am unable to get MUX3 (or whatever it is now called...) so no HD channels at all.

I believe I'm pointing at Crystal Palace, and all the other MUX channels have 100% power and 100% quality, the MUX3 has 100% power, 0% quality.

I've tried TV, Topfield 5800, and a HUMAX that I know used to get me HD pre switchover.

Can anyone help/advise please?



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Richard's 7 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

5:36 PM

Richard: Check that your receiver is tuning to Crystal Palace and not Wooburn which is nearly on the same trajectory.

For each of the following bring up the signal strength screen and it should tell you the UHF channel you are tuned to:

BBC One = C23 (Wooburn is 48)
ITV1 = C26 (Wooburn is 56)
BBC One HD = C30 (Wooburn is 52)

If this proves to be the problem, then when running the automatic tuning scan, unplug the aerial when it gets to 30%. All of Crystal Palace's channels are below 30% and Wooburn's are above.

On the basis that all have 100% strength, I would wonder if the signal level is too high if, having checked, you find that you are indeed receiving them from Crystal Palace. This is perhaps a little surprising as you are nearly 30 miles from the transmitter and you don't have clear line of sight with Berghers Hill being in the way.

If it is too much signal from Crystal Palace, then have you got a booster connected in there? If so, remove it or reduce its level of amplification if possible.

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