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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C23 (490.0MHz)324mDTG-3200,000W
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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C26 (514.0MHz)324mDTG-3200,000W
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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (London),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C30- (545.8MHz)324mDTG-6200,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 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, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H max
C25 (506.0MHz)314mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 POP MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C22 (482.0MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C28- (529.8MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 19 others

LW
 H -10dB
C35 (586.0MHz)324mDTG-1220,000W
Channel icons
from 31st March 2014: 8 LONDON LIVE,

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
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, 11km north-northwest (334°)
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
VHFA K TA K TA K TA K TW T
C1BBCtvwaves
C22ArqAArqA
C23ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCABBCA
C25SDNSDN
C26BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesD3+4D3+4
C28-ArqBArqB
C29LW
C30C4wavesC4wavesC4waves-BBCBBBCB
C33BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavescom7
C35com8
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off

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.

Comments
Thursday, 15 March 2012
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:30 PM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 11:46 today to 14:46 today [BBC] Over the next week Crystal Palace main transmitter: TV (analogue) Liable to interruption, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering
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4:30 PM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 11:46 today to 14:46 today [BBC] Over the next week Crystal Palace main transmitter: TV (analogue) Liable to interruption, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Friday, 16 March 2012
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:30 AM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 11:46 yesterday to 14:46 yesterday [BBC] Over the next week Crystal Palace main transmitter: TV (analogue) Liable to interruption, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering
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4:30 AM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 11:46 yesterday to 14:46 yesterday [BBC] Over the next week Crystal Palace main transmitter: TV (analogue) Liable to interruption, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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John Langridge
10:34 PM
Stanford-le-hope

since wendesday i have been unable to receive itv digital stations i can still receive occasionally on analogue signal on itv on an older tv other people i speak to have alsoe been having problems has the transmitter strength been reduced

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KMJ,Derby
sentiment_satisfiedGold

11:14 PM

John Langridge: Weather conditions since Wednesday have resulted in out of area signals traveling further than normal due to the inversion effect. Many viewers experienced interference to TV reception as a result. Mux2 is currently predicted to give variable reception at your location, on 18th April 2012 the frequency will change to that currently used by analogue BBC1 and the power increased to 200kW. You are then expected to have excellent reception these channels.

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Saturday, 17 March 2012
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:30 AM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 11:46 on 15 Mar to 14:46 on 15 Mar [BBC] Over the next week Crystal Palace main transmitter: TV (analogue) Liable to interruption, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering
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4:30 AM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 11:46 on 15 Mar to 14:46 on 15 Mar [BBC] Over the next week Crystal Palace main transmitter: TV (analogue) Liable to interruption, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Sunday, 18 March 2012
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Pete
10:20 AM

I am in Bermondsey, clear Line Of Sight with the Crystal Palace tower. I have a "Technika" STB which has been happily upgrading itself and now, since Friday Night/Suturday Morning (16/17 March 2012) when it did its last "Guide update", it tells me no new channels have been added. That is all I get... no guide, or list of channels.
I tried auto channel updates and it does run through the channels, some take longer than others, but the end result again is, "No channels have been added, check your antena"
When I do a manual channel update, it only gives me the option to enter channel numbers between 22 and 69. When I do this it tells me the signal strength and quality of some channels are good, but when I try to add the channel it tells me that the channel is not found.
I was hoping to find many similar comments on this board - maybe a failed firmware/os/crypto update? - but it seems this problem is vey much localised to me! :-) Yet, if anyone can give me advice/guidance, I would appreciate it. Or maybe it is just the annual replacement of the technika.
Thanks for your time.


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Kevin Hodges
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

11:32 AM
Chelmsford

Pete, I too had a Technika and ended up getting my money back as I was unhappy with the picture quality. I now have 2 Logik (Curry's/Dixon's own brand) LED TVs in the bedrooms and they have given excellent results

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