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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Crystal Palace (Greater London, England) mast?

Crystal Palace transmitter - Crystal Palace transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 15/04/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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

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),

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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, 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

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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.

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

10:05 PM

Martin Smith:

When they 'opgraded' the aerial, did they have a wideband aerial fitted? If not, why not. The 'old' Group A aerials are of little use for Crysrtal Palace now as it uses channels 55 and 56 for the COM7 and COM8 services.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Friday, 26 April 2019
Jamie Rose
11:05 PM

Hi, how is it possible to receive now 90s and 80s on freeview and HD.? My tv does not seem to pick up channel 56 and 55 all it picks up is 22 23 25 26 28 35. I've even tried retuning on a samsung 55inch tv that is HD 4k with freeview built in. and still does not pick up channel 56 and 55. what else could be wrong.?

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Jamie Rose's 4 posts GB flag
Saturday, 27 April 2019

10:10 AM

Jamie Rose:

Please provide a full post code so that we can look up what the reception is expected to be at your location. Note that not all transmitters broadcast all the channels.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Jamie Rose
7:20 PM

Still can't get channel 56. I even tried using a one for all areal that's got a round bit not even working on that but receives other channels. but not on a HD 4k tv with freeview play from crystal palace still not picking up 56. not sure they could at least of put it on channel 35 loads of room on there on that platform. i'm able to pick up keep it country on ch 87. but not now 90s now 80s. running out of options now.

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9:04 PM

Jamie Rose:

You need a wideband aerail for reception of all channels from Crystal Palace.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Friday, 10 May 2019
Andrew Cook
8:37 AM

Recently the rooftop aerial on my block of 10 flats blew down in a storm. It was put back up but now I can't receive most of the Multiplexes on my bedroom TV. The one in the lounge works OK and the other residents don't have any issues with their TVs. The landlord wants 85 + VAT to look at my TV!
Postcode is DA146BG.
I now only get ARQA and SDN.
I believe that the aerial needs realigning - what do you all think?
If so, how do I convince the landlord of this?

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Andrew Cook's 1 post GB flag

11:10 AM

Andrew Cook: If all other TVs are fine then it's unlikely that the aerial is out of alignment. It sounds more like there is a problem with the cabling to your bedroom TV. You can check by taking the bedroom TV and connecting it with the same socket and cables that are working in the lounge. If it works in the lounge, try replacing the cable from the socket to the TV in the bedroom. If the bedroom TV works from the socket in the lounge then it's pretty clear that there is a cabling fault somewhere.

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David Warner

9:43 PM

Can't say why, but over the last couple of days signal in my location seems a bit lower than normal - getting interfeence from passing trains particulalrly on Sky News 233, which I have not had for a long time.

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David Warner's 30 posts GB flag
Saturday, 11 May 2019

10:52 PM

David Warner:

There has been no change in the output power transmitted by Crystal Palace. Please provide a full post code so that we can check the expected reception conditions at your location. You could also help us by checking what the reported signals strengths are on all the multiplexes.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Sunday, 19 May 2019
Angie Carter
9:55 AM

Hi I have just moved and now I have trouble getting channels Quest, Blaze, ITV+1, there a few others also, they are tuned in but the signal is really poor and keeps breaking up. Wondered if you could tell me why? thank you

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