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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.

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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, 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, 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, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

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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! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

 H max
C22 (482.0MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 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, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

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C28- (529.8MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

 H -10dB
C35 (586.0MHz)324mDTG-1220,000W
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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?

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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;
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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.

Monday, 7 November 2016
Micheal Fife
11:48 PM

Post code: SE4 1TQ
Transmitter: Crystal Palace

I have not been able to receive channel 33 (BBC4HD, BBCNews24HD etc) for some months now. Neither by 2-year old smart tv (Panasonic) or Humax PVR (bought a few days ago) can tune into the channel. I have tried all the factory reset, manual tune proposed solutions to no avail. I bought a new co-ax cable, and our block has recently had a new aerial installed. Nothing has worked. Please help.

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Micheal Fife
11:50 PM

Forgot to add: signal strengh for ch33 reads 0 on the pvr, and flashes between 0 and 10 on the TV.

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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

12:44 AM

Micheal Fife: As you would appear to be connected into a communal aerial system its advisable to check if any of the other residents in the apartment block are able to receive this channel, especially as a new aerial system has been fitted, as the distribution amplifier used by same has possibly been maladjusted, as the symptoms reported are inclined to suggest an excessively high signal level being fed into the aerial socket from the Crystal Palace transmitter located at approximately 3 miles away.

High signal level problems can usually be cured with the aid of an attenuator in line with the aerial socket, but though this should not be necessary for viewers connected into a communal aerial system, as the level is (or should) be preset on the distribution amplifier.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Thursday, 29 December 2016
1:46 PM

Over the last few days the TV signal has been reduced to weak or no signal. The only channels I am getting as far as I can work out are on your channel 23.
I have checked all my connections and they appear to be in good order. Random times during the day or night the signal returns to full and I get all channels and then for no reason they dissapear again.

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Phillip's 2 posts GB flag

4:15 PM


To stand any chance of offering useful help we need your full post code. Only then can we determine what the reception conditions are like at your home location. No post code - no help possible.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Friday, 30 December 2016
Francis Caves
10:48 AM

I have been losing ARQA (UHF 22) channels completely several times in the last couple of days. I suspect the freezing fog ? I doubt the amplifier might cause only the lowest frequency band to fail.
I live in Hutton Brentwood CM13. Newish Aerial on roof with amplifier.

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5:57 PM

Francis Caves: Why the fog? If your losing a mux, check the rest of the system - dodgy cable, etc.

I've seen loads of people blaming the weather, but unless its a inversion system, its almost certainly people's own systems.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Saturday, 31 December 2016

5:17 PM

Francis Caves:

Many areas are affected by the current weather patterns and loss of one or more channels does not seem unusual in the circumstances. DO NOT RETUNE as that will lose what channels you currently have. The weather affect can be fairly localised, and depends on which other transmitter signals are interfering with the wanted signals.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 11 April 2017
8:47 PM

Hi HD Provider,
Hopefully you can assist. We have a Samsung HD TV, the aeriel is located on the chimney stack approximately 10 metres above ground level. The HD signal has been perfect until the past two weeks when the hd vision has broken up, picture freeze and then blank screen followed by a message of week signal strength/aeriel disconnected. Aeriel connections have been checked and they are fine and have not been disturbed. My post code is N9 9SP
Can you assist please.
Best regards,
Mike Jenner

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9:22 PM

Firstly, I think you need to make sure only the website gets your email address - we certainly dont?

Ok - check actual signal strength and what transmitter your tuned into. It could be your on the wrong one. If the signal is too high (and your just 22km from Crystal Palace), that can look much the same as too low. See 'too much of a good thing' on this website.

And check the signal path back - a lose connection or frayed cable can really cause problems, as I found out today when trying to get the cats cradle of a system in the loft of my new house to work after the electrician had been!

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