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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.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

Which Freeview channels does the Crystal Palace transmitter broadcast?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C23 (490.0MHz)324mDTG-3200,000W
Channel icons
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 17 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C26 (514.0MHz)324mDTG-3200,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (London), 4 Channel 4 London ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 London ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 24 ITV4 +1, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (London), 73 Sewing Quarter,

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C30- (545.8MHz)324mDTG-6200,000W
Channel icons
45 Film4 +1, 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,

COM4
SDN
 H max
C25 (506.0MHz)314mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
10 ITV3, 20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 My5, 57 Paramount Network, 58 ITV Be +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 61 True Entertainment, 63 Blaze, 64 CBS Action +1, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze +1, 83 Quest +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C22 (482.0MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 10 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C28- (529.8MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 62 True Movies, 71 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, plus 19 others

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

com7
 H -6.7dB
C33 (570.0MHz)324mDTG-643,100W
Channel icons
56 5USA +1, 67 CBS Drama, 82 Vintage TV, 84 Quest Red +1, 87 Keep It Country, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera Eng HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, plus 1 others

com8
 H -7dB
C35 (586.0MHz)324mDTG-639,800W
Channel icons
55 5STAR+1, 86 More4 1, 95 Freesports, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 115 BT Showcase HD (not free), 205 CBeebies HD, plus 4 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
to BBC London region - 55 masts.
regional news image
ITV London News 4.9m homes 18.4%
from London WC1X 8XZ, 11km north-northwest
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?

years1950s~851984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-1731st Mar 2018-
aerial groupVHFA KA KA KA KA KA KA K
C1BBCtv
C22-2ArqAArqAArqABBCA
C23ITVITVITVBBCABBCABBCAD3+4
C25-1SDNSDNSDNBBCB
C26BBC1BBC1BBC1D3+4D3+4D3+4SDN
C28-B-ArqB-ArqB-ArqBArqA
C29-DLW
C30C4C4C4-BBCB-BBCB-BBCBArqB
600C32-A
C33BBC2BBC2BBC2com7
C34+C
C35com8

orange background for multiplexes names more
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
PreDSO-BBCB*(-20dB) 10kW

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.

Comments
Monday, 23 July 2018
MikeP
3:35 PM

ARW:

The owner of this site has not updated it for several months, we do not know why.

For accurate information on which channels are being used by which transmitter, please go to the Digital UK Coverage Checker at Digital UK - Coverage checker and put in the required information. That will then show which transmitters are availab le in your area and which channels it is using.

If you wish to have a detailed listing of which programmes are available go to http://www.digitaluk.co.u…ngs.

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MikeP's 2,340 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Saturday, 4 August 2018
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Terry
6:47 AM

Yes I had noticed it was inaccurate for Com7 and Com8 which are now on the top band, miles away from the band A aerial. Wasn't get any signal in wet weather 12 miles from the transmitter. Having moved to rural Wales I've abandoned Freeview and gone for Freesat plus the delights of Wimax rural broadband since BT broadband hasn't arrived in the villages.

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Terry's 5 posts GB
Monday, 13 August 2018
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A Farlow
12:09 AM

I have no idea what this means technically, but do know that when the weather is unusual I cannot get commercial channels and I am in north London. Infuriating.

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MikeP
10:16 AM

A Farlow:

In North London you should be getting excellent reception of all channels. Check what the signal strengths are for all the multiplexes and check that your aerial cables are in good condition, do not have water ingress and that all the connections are in good order and free from corrosion/oxidation.

If you provide a full post code we will be able to see what the predicted reception at you location is likely to be.



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MikeP's 2,340 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Tuesday, 14 August 2018
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A Farlow
2:44 PM

As I have posted before the aerial and cables are fine (no problems getting BBC) and the quality is 100% but strength barely makes 50%! Things are less problematic now that the heatwave is over when I frequently got no reception but still ...

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A Farlow's 12 posts GB
Wednesday, 15 August 2018
MikeP
10:51 AM

A Farlow:

Your signal strength is too low! It needs to be between 60% and 85% for reliable reception. That you get BBC1 satisfactorily does not mean there is no problem with the aerial system. It is well known in the technical side of the trade that corrosion/oxidation of the contacts of any plug or socket in the system can cause frequency selective problems, such as loss of or por reception of some channels whilst others are fine. So please check all your aerial connections. Please could you also give your full post code so that we contributors can see what the expected recpetion conditions are like at your location.



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MikeP's 2,340 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Friday, 17 August 2018
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A Farlow
6:23 PM

I managed to find (through trustatrader) a fantastic local aerial company who within 24 hours had replaced my aerial and cable for ?180. Now have 86% strength. Hoorah!

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Thursday, 30 August 2018
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Terry ARGENT
12:57 PM Benfleet

It's a little confusing as to what is the best Transmitter would be the most suitable for my address. My Postcode is SS7 1JR That is for South Benfleet Essex.
Now as of late last 8 weeks or so I keep getting Picture Break Up and sound problems on my TV. I have had a look at the web site details. I also have been in touch with the Help Line F.View No 100.
Can you please confirm. 1.The best Transmitter would be the Crystal Palace one. Also what Frequency, I think it is 23. Now what seems to be happening is. I have a Digifusion FVRT 145 box that I use to get the Free View programs. It has two tuners so I can watch a program eg. Ch4. and whilst watching that I can record a for example a program on BBC 2. The box also has a facility for me to look at the aerial signal strength. Also there is another function that indicates the ERRORS. So I am using the set up to watch a program and then after while the picture and sound starts to break up. If I go on to the where I can see the signal level and look at the error content I find the Signal level has dropped considerably and the error box is virtually fully red. Thus indicating 100% errors. Also the to selected Frequency has changed from the selected 23 to another frequency. Both originally 23 now for example Rec. 1. has gone to 25 or 21 and I have to use the Freq.+ or Freq.- buttons to reset them back to 23. Can you please send me an email with the possible reasons for the changing Fr. that of course causes the picture and sound to break up.

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Friday, 31 August 2018
MikeP
10:47 AM

Terry Argent:

If you look at the Digital UK Coverage Checker results for your location, given at Coverage Checker - Detailed View and shown from the blue box below your post, it suggests that Bluebell Hill might well be a better source. Crystal palace does provide 6 of the multiplexes adequately but not COM7 nor COM8 reliably. However Bluebell Hill provides all 8 multiplexes and it is expected to provide reliable reception. You will need a wideband aerial aimed at the Bluebell Hill transmitter on a bearing of 185 degrees. The 8 multiplexes are on channels 32, 34, 45, 40, 43, 46, 55 and 56.



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MikeP's 2,340 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Monday, 3 September 2018
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Terry
4:40 PM

The London issue of Crystal Palace is that Com 7 & 8 are now right at the opposite end of the old Band A aerial. Basically most of London unless you are sitting on the transmitter now needs a wideband aerial... the elements reduce in size over the length. My issue was that Freeview sneaked that up and if you are not following the press you miss it. This sight is wrong and doesn't reflect the last set of changes.

As I muttered above I found BBC News HD et al disappearing during rain. Given I was moving I left it. Worth noting if Freeview is your only means of reception you can get the aerial upgraded for free, if you have cable or satellite you cant. It was annoying to find the data on this site incorrect but that's where we are and why certain HD channels in London disappear during adverse whether conditions since reception is marginal when the wrong aerial is used. Apparently there is still some debate about the long term future of Freeview.

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