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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?

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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 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
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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?

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;
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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.

Thursday, 1 December 2011
5:35 PM

Now i know they are going to turn the analogue tranmissions off in april 2012.

but when are the going to turn the power up on the digital transmissions is this going to happen at the same time??


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stu's 6 posts GB flag
Tony Barter
9:17 PM

Is it possible to have a HD test card transmitted on a regular time so we can adjust our sets.

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Tony Barter's 2 posts GB flag
Friday, 2 December 2011
David Kent
7:20 PM

I have just purchased a new LED HD ready TV with HD digibox. I can receive all/most chanels except HD. Will my external (roof) ariel receive HD after the switch over or should I investigate a new ariel now? Is Crystal Palace transmitter sending HD signals in all directions at this time? Any help with these questions will be much appeciated. Many thanks. David Kent

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Dave Lindsay

7:47 PM

David Kent: It's likely that there will be no need for a new aerial.

The transmitters that operate before digital switchover do not carry HD except for Crystal Palace and a few others.

The Crystal Palace pre-switchover HD multiplex has been shoe-horned in. It's coverage area isn't as big as that for the other digital channels which might explain why you can't pick it up now.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Saturday, 3 December 2011

8:03 AM

David Kent: another thing to keep in mind is that the low powered Crystal Palace HD transmitter is also temporarily on the same frequency as the similarly powered ITV3 multiplex used by Sandy, this causing lots of problems for anyone even remotely North of London, although judging by reports it seems that its C/P's HD service that's taking the brunt of the same frequency clashing problem.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Sunday, 4 December 2011
7:08 PM

I cannot receive any HD channels today. A full retune does not find any of the HD channels 50- 54. Any clues?

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Dave Lindsay

8:19 PM

Mikethemix: Try manually tuning to Ch31.

It is a possibility that you won't be able to pick up HD until switchover next year.

The Crystal Palace HD multiplex does not serve as big as area as the other (standard definition) multiplexes it broadcasts.

In particular, the Reigate digital transmitter uses the same frequency, so the amount of signal that Crystal Palace throws out in that direction will be much less than in other directions. You may well be having problems because of this measure.

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Nicki Hardy
10:30 PM

At about 6.00pm today, we lost all digital chanlels with "no or bad signal". We have 4 TV's in the house, one is attached to a digibox, the other 3 are IDTV/freeview tv's. We can get analogue channels (BBC1 & 2, better than ITV/C4/C5 and that is it. I have tried retuning one of the TV's to no avail. Any help?

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Dave Lindsay

11:02 PM

Nicki Hardy: In situations such as that which you describe, I would not retune any TV. The symptoms suggest a problem (of some sort) with the signal. Running the retuning scan simply causes more problems because now you have to retune it when you get the signal back.

If you have an amplifier for distribution to the 4 outlets, I would check that it's powered on. Then try bypassing it by connecting the lead from the aerial to the output to one of the TVs. Then go to the TV and see what you get.

You might need an adapter to connect the lead from the aerial to the lead to the TV (wall socket) because they might be the same gender.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 7 December 2011
7:56 PM

Re: Dave Lindsay
Thanks for your constructive suggestions. I have tried tuning channel 31 manually, looking for T2, and the STB sees nothing.

We have been receiving all four HD channels without problems since the Humax HDR Fox T2 was installed in August 2011. So this is a new phenomenon. Is it possible that the STB's HD capability has failed? (51.2855,-0.3923BQ) 

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