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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, 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),

 H max
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 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

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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), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 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?

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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;
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, 23 May 2018
Simon Brice
6:24 PM

We have had issues keeping channels. Currently the only channels available are HD channels only any ideas the aerial is about 6 weeks old. Every time it is adjusted channels go. We originally had over 100 now only 7 which are HD.
Any ideas please.

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Simon Brice's 1 post GB flag
Thursday, 24 May 2018

6:58 PM

Anthony Page:

As has been said repeatedly here, you need a wideband aerial now. If you do not already have one, you need to get one fitted, talk to the Freeview Assistance on 0808 100 0288. You also need to check that all the aerial connections are good and free from any corrosion on the contacts within the plug/socket.

Simon Brice:

Check all the connections between the aerial and TV. Also check that the signal b eing received is not too strong, it must not be greater that 85% as most tuners cannot tolerate anything more. Search for 'too much of a good thing' on this website for some suggestions.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 12 June 2018
2:31 AM

Hi we use indoor aerial and picked up most channels however recently we lost 94 and 96 we are in se95rg Any help appreciated

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Dan's 4 posts GB flag
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3:35 PM


Indoor aerials are never very reliable. I suggest having an expeternal wideband aerial fitted with suitable attenuation to limit the signal strength to below 85%. It should be aimed to avoid the worst of the possibl intereference from your local mobile masts.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Saturday, 16 June 2018
4:49 PM

Just a few years ago a respected aerials website suggested that Crystal Palace needed a 'Band A' aerial for optimum Freeview reception. However I can find no current reference to such advice; instead, only that a 'Wideband' aerial is now recommended. So when did the change actually occur and why? In a rather fringe area I had installed a 'Band A' aerial which, with a masthead aerial, still "sort-of" works. Anyone out there know about this, please?

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Alexa's 2 posts GB flag
Sunday, 17 June 2018

4:57 PM


The change happened before June 2018 and was widely reported in the media in that area. Up until the change, a Group A aerial was correct. As COM 7 and COM 8 are now on channels 55 and 56 respectively, a Group A aerial will not give satisfactory reception of those, so a wideband aerial is now required. A Group A aerial is fine for channels 21 to 35 but not above that.

If you go to Digital UK - Coverage checker and put in your full post code and house number, you will be shown the current arrangements as well as the future plans for further changes. If you have a wideband aerial fitted now it will be suitabkle for all changes foreseen in the future.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Monday, 18 June 2018
Martin R

11:23 AM

Can anybody tell me if the BBC Red Button service should be available on BBC News HD ( tv channel 107). I have been having reception difficulties since the June change. An aerial engineer fixed it so that I received the service, but not the red button. He told me that it is no longer available for that service (I receive the Red Button on BBC News SD).

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Martin R's 83 posts GB flag
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4:27 PM

Hi All,

My postcode is SE10 9EY and from 1 June we are getting very poor quality reception on our TV if using the external aerial and not getting any HD channels at all. We initially thought it might be a temporary problem due to the weather but the problem has persisted. We have tried using a 4G filter but to no avail. Currently using an indoor aerial which comes with its own set of problems so not too sure what we should be doing apart from having an engineer look at the aerial? We live in a block of 7 flats and initially everybody was having this problem although it now appears the situation may have improved for some of the residents. Should our aerial be set up on the roof to have unrestricted access and could facing a wall create reception issues?


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Pooja's 1 post GB flag
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5:25 PM

Pooja: If this is a communal aerial system then you should contact whoever is responsible for maintenance and get them to send someone to investigate.

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StevensOnln1's 3,601 posts GB flag
Friday, 6 July 2018
David Warner

1:44 PM

I'm SW9 8SE but live next to a railway viaduct at roof-height. My signl was perfect with a large Band A yagi mounted in the loft - but with the migration of Muxes 7 & 8 to Ch 55/56 I have problems. Wideband aerials seem to cannot get me a good enough signal at the low frequency and high frequency end of the band to avoid picture breakup and loss of sound spasmodically when trains pass.

What I also wanted to comment on was your station cahrt above. Very helpful - but Channel 40 is now Sony Crime, and according to my TV is going out on Channel 22 482 MHz (presumably Freeview Channel 40 was re-allocated afer yor chart was compiled).

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