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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 27/05/2024 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

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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

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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

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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), 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
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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?

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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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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?

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Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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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.

Wednesday, 22 June 2022

3:42 AM

David Warner:

For information about Forces TV, see Forces TV is closing, and not just on Freeview > RXTV info and Forces Network and there is also information on their Facebook page apparently.

Together TV now have a live free streaming service, see Watch Together TV live and on-demand | Welcome to Together TV | Together for good
There's no mention at this time about remaining on the Freeview EPG or any Freeview App.

Any +1 channels will go, QVC HD has recently appeared on satellite I hear,
There is rumour (I stress rumour) that something might appear on some space on the Local mux - possibly a Now 70s/80s or a That's TV channel (the latter already has some presence) in some areas.
Freesports is unlikely to appear anywhere else, nor are any remaining Community/Charity supported channels. There is an SD slot on one of the COM muxes - can't recall which one off-hand, but carriage there is much more expensive than COM7 so unlikely to be any other existing channels moving.

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Chris.SE's 4,205 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 29 June 2022
8:26 PM

Have anyone have any idea when the remaining multiplexes will be converted to DVB-T2/MPEG-4 now that their Licences have been extended.

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9:06 PM


Hmm. Wish we knew Roger, absolutely nothing has been said by anyone. Anything being said is total speculation. The minute anyone hears anything definitive I'm sure it'll receive widespread publicity.
You need to hassle DCMS and tell Nadine never mind selling C4, get on with DVB/T2 !

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Chris.SE's 4,205 posts GB flag
Monday, 4 July 2022
10:27 AM


I live in London and just did a retune on my TVs, and to my great delight I now see that BBC4HD has turned up on c30, now showing up on no 106 with BBC 3HD on no 109, however the EPG simply states " BBC Four HD returns soon". I've no idea when this changed, does anybody know when BBC4HD will start broadcasting on this channel?

Many thanks.


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cris's 3 posts GB flag

1:33 PM


It was as a result of the closure of the temporary multiplex COM7 on June 30th.

There's no detail yet provided about how soon they'll be back on PSB3

We believe it's all part and parcel of the equipment changes that will eventually enable Local Regional News on BBC1 HD and that there have been some delays on equipment availability due the current global situation resulting from the pandemic.

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Chris.SE's 4,205 posts GB flag
3:21 PM


Many thanks. Considering the Local News in HD has had a message telling us that it's not available yet but they're working on it for the past 10 years, I guess I shouldn't hold my breath for BBC4HD, it'll be a lovely surprise one day, probably on the day they announce that BBC4 is closing.

All the best.

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cris's 3 posts GB flag
Friday, 15 July 2022
Raymond Taylor
9:42 AM

I have tried to retune PSB3 which is listed as freq ch 48 to get TBNuk on prog ch 66 but have got another prog - CBS Reality - instead. On phoning Freeview they said it should be freq ch 30 for this programme. Could you check this please, many thanks, Ray

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Raymond Taylor's 3 posts GB flag

9:52 AM

Raymond Taylor: PSB3 has always been on UHF channel 30 from Crystal Palace, the error on this page has been acknowledged by regular contributors numerous times but only the site owner is able to fix it.

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StevensOnln1's 3,639 posts GB flag

10:06 PM

Raymond Taylor:

A reiteration of what I've posted before -

As the site owner hasn't had time to update the errors, I've posted this (one of many) -

In the multiplex order BBCA/PSB1, D3&4/PSB2, BBCB HD/PSB3, SDN/COM4, ArqA/COM5, ArqB/COM6, Local multiplex, the UHF channels for Crystal Palace are as follows
C23, C26, C30, C25, C22, C28, C35 (London Local mux).

See Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview for which channels are carried on which multiplex.
Note COM7 has now closed (it was only ever a temporary multiplex).

Worth repeating now and again for those that aren't aware.

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Chris.SE's 4,205 posts GB flag
Monday, 26 September 2022
Brian Butterworth

7:29 AM


Step 1 - com7/com8 removed.

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