menuMENU    UK Free TV logo Freeview



Click to see updates

Full Freeview on the Crystal Palace (Greater London, England) transmitter

first published this on - UK Free TV
sa_streetviewGoogle Streetviewsa_gmapsGoogle mapsa_bingBing mapsa_gearthGoogle Earthsa_gps51.424,-0.076 or 51°25'26"N 0°4'32"Wsa_postcodeSE19 1UE


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 27/11/2023 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?

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
Channel icons
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
Channel icons
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
Channel icons
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
Channel icons
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, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

 H max
C22 (482.0MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
 Smithsonian Channel, 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 Christmas, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H max
C28- (529.8MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 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?

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?

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.

Saturday, 4 January 2020
6:01 PM

Basically the whole of London should have changed from a band A ariel when it went up on channel 55 etc. You could get it financially supported if your only means of reception was freeview. Got cable or sat no. Obviously they kept quite about this.

I lived in London when it was moved of band A but was unaware of this. Rain and I lost reception. E4 area. Didn't help by this site publishing incorrect information.

The government sold out the frequencies and wrecked extended freeview HD. Living in West Wales they never got it so on Freesat now. Wimex microwave delivered broadband as well since BT never extended it very far as they run out of Welsh Government money.

link to this comment
Tell's 8 posts GB flag

9:44 PM


Crystal Palace still transmits many channels in Group A, but the COMN7 and COM8 multiplexes are on channels 55 and 56 which are way above the Group A band, so a wideband aeial is needed.

This website was correct at the time of the change but subsequent changes have made some of the data incorrect. The owner knows about that.

link to this comment
MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Sunday, 5 January 2020

5:06 AM


The information about free support for aerials is on the Freeview site, there is no financial support, there are appointed contractors that replace the aerial for those that qualify.
Other than the temporary COMs 7&8, all the other Crystal Palace multiplexes are within Group A.
The 700MHz clearance is a Europe wide program, not just the UK.
Not all main transmitters carry COMs 7&8 for technical reasons and/or financial reasons.

link to this comment
Chris.SE's 3,917 posts GB flag
Thursday, 23 January 2020
Ray Whitcombe
8:33 PM

You have the BBC B Multiplex for the main London Crystal Palace transmitter as on UHF Channel 48 from 21 March 2018. This multiplex is still on the previous designated UHF channel 30 now the 23 Feb 2020 ! This mistake cost me some wasted time and you should amend the listing. I assume that whoever decides the channel allocations may be intending to make this change in future ????? Who Knows ??? or Cares ??

link to this comment
Ray Whitcombe's 1 post GB flag

11:18 PM

Ray Whitcombe:

As has been mentioned a few times around these pages, the site owner has not had the time to update all the details resulting from the 700MHz clearance. There are over 1100+ transmitters in the UK.
This site is a free independent help site for those with receptions problems that would like some advice.

If you need the latest authoritative information without asking for help here then visit Freeview | All your favourite TV shows, all in one place and all for free scroll down a bit and put your postcode etc in the boxes. Scroll down on the new page and select Detailed view.
You'll find the transmitters and multiplexes you might be able to receive & any future channel or predicted reception changes. There are no further predicted UHF channel changes for London as part of the 700MHz clearance.

For channel listings see Freeview | All your favourite TV shows, all in one place and all for free corporate/platform-management/channel-listings

link to this comment
Chris.SE's 3,917 posts GB flag
Saturday, 25 January 2020
Transmitter engineering

1:28 PM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - AM: Off the air due to a fault from 25 Jan 12:05 until 25 Jan 12:05. . [BBC]

link to this comment
Transmitter engineering's 146,549 posts xx flag
Saturday, 15 February 2020
Amanda McGlew
2:18 PM

since last night, (14th Feb 2020) I have had no tv signal and it states there are no channels. I have tried tuning it but it says there are no channels. I have phoned Camden up and they say it is not there problem, I phoned our TMO and they say it isn't there problem but yet I still do not have a tv that works.
Our ariel is on the roof. I believe our transmitter signal is received from crystal palace but it states there is no issue but yet two tvs in my home one brand new doesn't work

link to this comment
Amanda McGlew's 1 post GB flag

2:42 PM

Amanda McGlew: Retuning is the worst thing to do when you loose signal as you have now deleted all of your channels which were previously correctly tuned, making it more difficult to see when the problem has been fixed. I'm guessing from your post that you live flat/apartment with a communal aerial system. Have you checked whether any of your neighbours have also lost signal? If they have, it points to a fault with the aerial system (it may have been damaged by the recent bad weather) in which case you will need to contact whoever is in charge of maintenance and get them to send someone to investigate.

link to this comment
StevensOnln1's 3,567 posts GB flag
Sunday, 19 April 2020
Andrew Healy
6:18 AM

I am having to retune in TW15- Crystal Palace mast- but can find precisely zero signal. I am in a strong signal area, so use an internal aeriel. This has not been a problem, before, but, is the whole of CP down ?

link to this comment
Andrew Healy's 12 posts GB flag

12:54 PM

Andrew Healy:

Crystal Palace is currently list for Planned Engineering with "Possible service interruptions", so yes there can be times when there is no signal. It is never a good idea to retune when there is no or very low pixellating signals as all this tends to do is to clear the correct tuning.
You'll need to try retuning again when/after signals return and of course you might need several attempts at that, as they never say when or for how long signals may be interrupted, but for a main transmitter like Crystal Palace it's unlikely to be that long.

link to this comment
Chris.SE's 3,917 posts GB flag
Select more comments

Your comment please
Please post a question, answer or commentIf you have Freeview reception problems before posting a question your must first do this Freeview reset procedure then see: Freeview reception has changed, Single frequency interference, and Freeview intermittent interference.

If you have no satellite signal, see Sky Digibox says 'No Signal' or 'Technical fault'

If you have other problems, please provide a full (not partial) postcode (or preferably enter it in box at the top right) and indicate where if aerial is on the roof, in the loft or elsewhere.

UK Free TV is here to help people. If you are rude or disrespectful all of your posts will be deleted and you will be banned.

Privacy policy: UK Free Privacy policy.