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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?

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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
Channel icons
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
Channel icons
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
Channel icons
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
Channel icons
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?

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

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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, 3 October 2012
chris Glass
8:50 PM

3rd oct 2012

whats happened to digital signals from london
bbc 24hr news and all other channels on the
same multiplex uhf 23
for the last 10 days or so
signal strengh has fallen so these channels are now unwatchable

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chris Glass's 1 post GB flag
Sunday, 7 October 2012
9:34 PM

Our new television (a few months old) has a habit of losing the picture which can only be restored by switching it off and on again. This also happened to our old digital television - an occurrence that caused us to buy the new one. The new TV has been checked by an engineer and the master board changed and software updated - to no effect. We have noticed that the problem occurs at 2045 most evenings - does something take place at your end at this time of night?

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Ian's 1 post GB flag

11:22 PM

Ian: When you say "losing the picture" are you meaning only the Freeview picture?

The other point being, that by you not having revealed your location (post code or one from nearby eg: a shop) then its impossible to check details of the transmitter covering your area as you could be located anywhere in the UK.

Another aspect that it would be beneficial to know is if your aerial system is exclusively yours or is it communal?

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Friday, 19 October 2012
12:21 PM

Hi I have a Humax PVR 9200T. I have retunned as instructed since the last but one retune the program information or synopsis is no longer recorded. If I press the info button while watching a recorded program the overlay comes up with the channel ID but is otherwise blank, it used to tell me about the program/episode I was watching now it does not. Does this happen to anyone else ? And is there anything I can do to fix it ?

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Piers's 2 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 31 October 2012

5:30 PM

I am in Rayleigh, postcode SS6, and my reception from BBCA mux has just gone. Is it me or is it a problem at the transmitter?

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lisa's 28 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 6 November 2012
7:26 PM

for the last 3 weeks i cannot get any signal from the crystal palace transmitter.
the aerial and all coax cable is aproximate 18 months old. the coax is pf100
i have retuned several times, i have 1 tv also 18 months old with freeview built in and an old analogue tv with bt vision box. both have the same problem,
i am currently getting 19 tv channels which i beleive are from sudbury (BBC EAST)these can sometimes be flaky
before you ask the aerial has not been moved it is pointing towards crystal palace and is pointing in the same direction as other aerials in the road.
if i could be sure the sudbury signal would not reduce i would adjust aerial to that
i also notice a couple of houses further along the road have had aerial engineers out recently so i am guessing it is not my set up.
i would be happy

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andy's 1 post GB flag
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Wednesday, 21 November 2012
J. Hill
5:41 PM

I am at Caterham 12 miles from Crystal Palace. Like Andrew I had a problem with momentary drop outs cutting out words and making strips across the screen. The problem was that the signal from the aerial was hugely too strong. A 21db attenuator has solved the problem for all our TVs. No more squawking!

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J. Hill's 1 post GB flag
Sunday, 25 November 2012
9:56 AM

Hutton Brentwood (CM13)
Can't get HD
Aerial aligned with Crystal palace tried manually tuning our Samsung UE40D5000
Crystal palace - HD on - C30- (545.8MHz)
Sudbury - HD on - C47 (682.0MHz)
Bluebell Hill - HD on - C40 (626.0MHz)
and still can't pick up HD everything but
Maps suggest we are in a black hole for reception except perhaps Bluebell hill. Any suggestions eg realign aerial to Bluebell Hill and retune - but that means getting on the roof! Don't want sky! anything else we can do eg getting a better signal booster?

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mike's 2 posts GB flag
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10:32 AM

mike: The Samsung UE40D5000 is fitted with a DVB-T (standard definition) tuner. To receive the Freeview HD channels you will need a Freeview HD box incorporating a DVB-T2 tuner.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Monday, 26 November 2012
6:46 AM

Thanks KMJ - seems some descriptions do say it has an HD Tuner but others says it lacks an HD tuner. I guess that explains it.

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