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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?

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.

 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.

Sunday, 28 October 2018

3:35 PM


The signal pass-through of your Panasonic HD recorder electrical requires power to send the signal from the input socket to the output socket - it is not a simple direct connection but has some electronics in between. That needs to be powered to allow it to perform the pass-through properly. Hence it was attenuating signals differentially but returned to normal as soon as the power was returned.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Monday, 29 October 2018
Naseem S
10:01 AM

Just to update all the problem is now resolved. Would appear to be a connection issue in my setup. Many thanks to all who helped.

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Monday, 26 November 2018
Alan Granley
11:06 AM

Would there be any reason I'm not receiving all available HD channels on my new television? I receive just BBC 1 and 2, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.
Do I need a Freeview box?

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12:49 PM

Alan Granley:

Normally you need a Freeview HD equipped television or set top box. If your equipment is described as Freeview HD then it can receive the HD programmes providing you have a wideband aerial, changes to the transmission channels earlier this year meant that the older Group A aerials are unable to receive any of the HD channels provided on the COM7 and COM8 multiplexes. (An HD Ready television will not receive the HD transmissions as the description only applies to the screen capability.)

If you also give a full post code we can check the expected reception conditions at your location and advise accordingly.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 27 November 2018
Alan Granley
1:52 AM

Hi Mike, thank you for that.
I'm not prepared to give my post code publicly. Can I send it to you privately?

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10:48 AM

Alan Granley:

Without a post code entered into this website it cannot display the reception data, shown as links in the small blue boxes below people's posts. Without that information it is impossible to assist.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Saturday, 1 December 2018
Geoff Baldwin
5:10 PM

Hi, we have had trouble with Channel4+1 HD for sometime and since rescanning we have lost it all together. Checking with your information on the Cyrstal Palace transmitter we have completely lost all channels in Com7 and Com8 groups - the 700 MHz band. Does this mean that our aerial is incompatible, or does it just require realignment?

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Geoff Baldwin's 2 posts GB flag

7:13 PM

Geoff Baldwin: COM7 & COM8 changed frequency at Crystal Palace several months ago and now reside in the upper part of the UHF band which the Group A aerial that you most likely have isn't designed to receive. Had you acted at the time of the change you would have likely been eligible to have a replacement wideband aerial fitted free of charge, but I suspect too much time has passed for that to be available now.

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StevensOnln1's 3,601 posts GB flag
Sunday, 2 December 2018
Geoff Baldwin
9:44 AM

Thanks for your reply. No one told us about this. How can I enquire if we can get this replaced free of charge? I have no idea who to ask.
with thanks,

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Geoff Baldwin's 2 posts GB flag

10:58 AM

Geoff Baldwin:

There was considerable publicity about the changes back in the spring. You could call Freeview on 0808 100 0288 and ask if the free replacement aerials service is still applicable to you. You will need to tell them that you cannot get COM7 or COM8 as you have an old Group A aerial. Note that if you also have cable TV or Satellite the offer never applied.

If they are unable to assist, then you need to talk to a local aerial contractor and have a wideband aerial fitted in place of your current Group A aerial. Don't let them confuse the issue by talking about needing a 'digital aerial' as there is no such thing.

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