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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-3200,000W
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1 BBC One London, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 11 others

 H max
C26 (514.0MHz)324mDTG-3200,000W
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 E4, 3 ITV (London), 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (London), 73 Sewing Quarter,

 H max
C48- (689.8MHz)324mDTG-6200,000W
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101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV London), 104 Channel 4 HD London ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,

 H max
C25 (506.0MHz)314mDTG-8200,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 30 5STAR, 37 Quest, 54 5SELECT, 57 Paramount Network, 61 True Entertainment, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

 H max
C22 (482.0MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
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11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H max
C28- (529.8MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
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18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 62 True Christmas, 71 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, plus 19 others

 H -10dB
C29 (538.0MHz)324mDTG-1220,000W
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from 31st March 2014: 8 LONDON LIVE,

 H -6.7dB
C55 (746.0MHz)324mDTG-643,100W
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67 CBS Reality 1, 82 Vintage TV, 87 Keep It Country, 107 BBC News HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, plus 2 others

 H -7dB
C56 (754.0MHz)324mDTG-639,800W
Channel icons
55 5STAR+1, 64 CBS Action +1, 64 Freesports, 86 More4+1, 86 More4 1, 88 NOW 80s, 93 Together, 94 PBS America, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 115 BT Showcase HD (not free), 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
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?

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How will the Crystal Palace (Greater London, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

years1950s~851984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-1721st Mar 2018
aerial groupVHFA KA KA KA KA KA KW

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green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: 4G from 30 June 2020more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 4th April and 18th April 2012.

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.

Thursday, 17 May 2018
Martin R
3:38 PM

Mike P: Thanks for your comments. I will get in touch with the Management company to see what is happening. I don't know if he changed the aerial system. He certainly checked in my property and was surprised that I couldn't receive the signal.

My recorder does receive the stations, but it has never been able to receive a satisfactory HD signal, the picture just breaks up in 'Joseph's Multicoloured Dreamcoat' !

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Saturday, 19 May 2018
D Bows
4:16 PM

Is this page still up-to-date? I'm trying to retune after losing channels and I'm not receiving anything on channels 33 & 35.

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D Bows's 2 posts GB
Sunday, 20 May 2018
10:32 AM

The channel lists are out of date,this is a good place to check
Digital UK - Coverage checker

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Michael's 16 posts GB
Wednesday, 23 May 2018
anthony page
4:22 PM

can someone explain the following problem.i use a panasonic blue ray recorder which has a full hd tv tuner in it.this worked perfectly ok up to the time of the retune,now i am unable to get any channels between 106-201.i have tried various ways of retuning without success.the signal strength shown on the lower channels is a full ten out of ten.i have seperate cheap free view box connected to the same aerial via multiple booster box.this picks up all the channels ok . the panasonic unit is not under warranty.i also have a new sony tv model 43xd80, this is also playing up ,some times i cannot 4hd on it.the other night i was watching bbc 4hd when i lost the channel completely.i tried it again later and it was back.i never had any of these problems before the retune.someone said i should get the aerial checked because it has been up on the chimney stack for about 12 years.any advice any one can give me would be most helpful.many thanks.a m page

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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
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 2,620 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Tuesday, 12 June 2018
2:31 AM London

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
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 2,620 posts Platinum Platinum GB
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
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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