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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 17/06/2024 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),

 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 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H max
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), 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?

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, 13 March 2021

2:39 PM

HuwD: PSB3 is broadcast on UHF channel 30 from Crystal Palace, it has not changed frequency, C48 is listed in error at the top of this page.

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StevensOnln1's 3,646 posts GB flag

2:45 PM


As already mentioned, it's an error. The site owner hasn't been able to find time to do many updates from the 700MHz Clearance program or correct errors like this.
For further information see my post on post Monday, 28 December 2020 on p310.

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Chris.SE's 4,241 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 16 March 2021
5:23 PM

Thank you for the information much appreciated.

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HuwD's 2 posts GB flag
Friday, 19 March 2021
Arthur Howard
3:57 PM

Sony Bravia TV will not display the data channels 252 Kiss Chat & Date, 253 Proud Dating, 261 Racing TV, 263 SonLife, 264 VisionTV, 265 On Demand 365, on C25 (506.0MHz). The Guide for these channels is populated and I have followed all the instructions from Sony (System Reset, change router, tried WIFI,) Other TV's in the house display these channels. Now Sony are saying I have to contact these providers as they may not be compatible with Sony TV. TV signal 100% Internet is high speed Fibre. So what does Sony mean? Surely their TV should show these data channels but they just remain blank. Any help greatly appreciated

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Arthur Howard's 2 posts GB flag
Saturday, 20 March 2021

3:52 PM

Arthur Howard:

How old is the Bravia? When did you find this problem started, not 1st January this year by any chance? If it did start then, Sony are giving you the run-around, it's possibly related to a firmware issue.
Frankly to tell you that the providers' channels are not compatible, sounds like bull for Sony's TVs aren't compatible.
BUT having said that, I'm not getting SonLife on 263 on an LG TV. They seem to be still listed in the "official" Freeview Channels list (and still giving EPG data), but no longer seem to have an OFCOM Licence for DTV.

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Chris.SE's 4,241 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 23 March 2021
12:14 PM

Chris.SE: I purchased the Bravia 5th January this year. I did not check the data channels until recently. I have contacted all of the channel providers in question. Only 1 has responded which is Channelbox who state they are doing a big upgrade at the end of the month which should solve the issue (so they say). I am still confused why Samsungs TV;s work but Sony Bravia does not. I think I will contact Freeview on the phone and also seek OFCOM's advice

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Arthur+Howard's 2 posts GB flag

1:34 PM


I would still hassle Sony as that's a new set!!

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Chris.SE's 4,241 posts GB flag
Monday, 24 May 2021
Rob Stamp
7:55 AM

Freeview ch 96 saying it should receive forces tv but no signal for it

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Rob Stamp's 1 post GB flag

10:24 PM

Rob Stamp:

I can't access your full post atm due to a system error, but if what I can see in "Your comments" listing is your whole post then I'll base my comments on that.

Firstly, Forces TV - LCN96 is carried on the COM7 multiplex, not everyone can receive COM7 for a variety of reasons, but you should also be missing other channels on the COM7 HD multiplex if that's the case. See Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview for the list of which channels are on which multiplex.
Are you missing channels like BBC News HD (107), BBC Four HD (106) for example?

Secondly, Crystal Palace is currently listed for Planned Engineering with the effect of "Screen may go black on some or all channels" which is essentially a service interruption
If you can normally receive COM7 then do NOT retune as this normally just clears correct tuning if there is no or badly pixellated signal..

If you do not know if you can normally receive the COM7 HD multiplex, we can't offer any reception advice/comment without your full postcode to check predicted reception.
If you normally get it and If you did retune and are not getting any COM7 channels now (but are receiving the other multiplexes OK) then in your TV tuning section try a manual tune for UHF C55 for COM7. You may have to try several times if engineering is affecting the signal. We don't know when this may be happening as Arqiva don't publish that detail!

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Chris.SE's 4,241 posts GB flag

10:47 PM

Rob Stamp:

I can now view your post normally. No further comment to add without feedback from yourself.

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