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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 20/05/2024 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
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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?

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.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

11:37 PM

Barry: The complete list of programme channels viewable via Freesat can be seen by opening the undermentioned link, the three mentioned, i.e: France 24 - CNN Europe - NHK (Japan) being on 205 - 207 - 209 respectively.

Satellite channels not included in Freesat's programme guide listings can "sometimes" also be viewed by manually entering the transponder frequency etc used by the programme into the boxes "non-Freesat" tuning mode, although details on what to enter can only be given for specific programmes.

Freesat Channels - a516digital

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Thursday, 14 April 2016

9:52 AM


Satellite programmes are not delivered from ground-based transmitters such as Crystal Palace. All satellite services are delivered from orbiting satellites over 22,000 miles above the Equator, in the case of the Astra satellites used by both Sky and Freesat they are positioned roughly above East Africa. To receive the Freesat signals you use your carefully aimed dish and not the UHF aerial that you may have that is pointing towards Crystal Palace.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
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Thursday, 5 May 2016
12:42 AM

Channel 5 HD has just popped up on my TV, replacing BBC3 on PSB3 546MHz

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keynet's 3 posts GB flag
Saturday, 14 May 2016
Bill Martin
10:24 PM

Experiencing problems - poor signal/breakup - on Crystal Palace COM5/ArqA (Ch22) this evening (Sat. 14MAY) .

All other muxes seenm to be OK.

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Bill Martin's 1 post GB flag
Sunday, 15 May 2016

4:15 PM

Bill Martin:

It is essential that you provide a full post code so that we contributors can determine where you are in relation to the transmitter and hence find out if there are any particular problems that can affect your reception. Without that, useful assistance is impossible.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
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Thursday, 19 May 2016
6:21 PM

Am on the Crystal Palace transmitter and sick and tired of Freeview. Every other day there is a programme update and I retune. Used to have 138 channels, then it was 116 and I retuned again today and it's now just 82. Channels which before were crystal clear (BBC) are now all pixelated whilst other channels (everything on mux 33) have been completely lost and can't be tuned in for love or money.

Some mux are clear one day and then the next they will be barely watchable. It's all one big sadistic lottery, why do the broadcasts keep changing from day to day and why are they watcheable one day and the next completely gone?

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Vic's 1 post GB flag

6:38 PM

Vic: Its like you have a problem with your aerial - check signal strength. If your getting fewer and fewer channels, then something is wrong. Could be a fraying cable.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
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8:09 PM

Thanks MikeB, signal strength and quality varies all the time. Some days it'll be 100%, others it'll drop to barely 10%. Coax cables are all screened as are the wall plates. I'll try to test with an indoor aerial and see how that goes, I don't get why the channels are fine one day and then gone the next. If it was the external aerial deteriorating, surely it'd be getting worse and worse whereas tuning seems to be a lucky dip and sometimes I get 82 odd channels, other times it's 116.

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Vic's 4 posts GB flag
Friday, 20 May 2016

10:02 AM

Vic: Sounds odd, but you could have a mixture of two problems. If all your muxes are vanishing, then then that sounds like a failing system. If it comes and goes, could well be something like water in a cable - when it dries out, its fine, but its only going get worse over time.

On the other hand, 100% is far too high - see 'too much of a good thing' on this site. We dont know where you are, so cant say what sort of signal you should get, but look at the possibilities and narrow it down.

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Saturday, 28 May 2016
11:00 AM

I have an aerial on roof directed to Crystal Palace. Everything has been fine for years and always update when notified of new channels. Recently we have been experiencing poor signal for BBC 1 & 2 but BBC 1 HD & 2 HD have been relatively fine. On the non HD channels the picture starts to break up but after a while it recovers. It will e okay for a few days and then the break up occurs again. Last night we lost BBC 1 & 2 completely. The HD channels are still okay as are all the other channels. Have reset / retune a couple of times and now it does not even find any signal so does not allocate a channel number to them. HD versions are still fine. When retuning we have 5 TV channels with from memory 91 total channels.

We have recently seen large "birds" hanging around on the aerial near to where the cable picks up its feed. My wife thinks they might have been pecking that termination point causing damage. I am not sure this could be the case as I would have thought that would impact all of the channel and not just these two.

Before I get an aerial person in to check wanted to see what anyone might think about what is happening.

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