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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 (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 ITV +1 (London),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C48- (689.8MHz)324mDTG-6200,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV 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?

Charlton AthleticTransposerRedeveloped north stand Charlton Athletic Football Club130 homes
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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
VHFA K TA K TA K TA K TW T
C1BBCtvwaves
C22ArqAArqA
C23ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCABBCA
C25SDNSDN
C26BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesD3+4D3+4
C28-ArqBArqB
C29LW
C30C4wavesC4wavesC4waves-BBCB
C33BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavescom7
C35com8
C48BBCB
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
Monday, 17 October 2011
Transmitter engineering
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5:06 AM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Weak Signal from 18:03 on 15 Oct to 18:09 on 15 Oct [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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5:06 AM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Weak Signal from 18:03 on 15 Oct to 18:09 on 15 Oct [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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10:41 AM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Weak Signal from 18:03 on 15 Oct to 18:09 on 15 Oct [BBC] Over the next week Crystal Palace main transmitter: TV (analogue) Possible weak signal, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering
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10:41 AM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Weak Signal from 18:03 on 15 Oct to 18:09 on 15 Oct [BBC] Over the next week Crystal Palace main transmitter: TV (analogue) Possible weak signal, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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John
12:45 PM
Erith

I have a Digital Stream DHR8203U, I was able to receive HD freeview at home in the DA8 1 post code up until a week ago.

are there issues or is it my freeview box? I have tried retuning in multiple times, resetting to factory and just get SD freeview each time now :(

thanks


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Stuart
4:22 PM

I am currently in Reading picking up around 90 services from Crystal Palace, excellent picture quality. I'm using my computer with Windows Medis Centre through a DTV media card, for some reason my TV guide is showing Channel 5 as "no information availble" I can watch the channel and its a good picture but despite following Microsofts fixes its still the same, so I have to ask if this is a CH5 related issue or does anyone have any ideas?

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Briantist
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8:25 PM

Stuart: If you select the channel name in the Windows Media Center EPG, press the "i" button on the remote, you can select the "add channel listing to channel" option that will allow you to associate the correct listing to the channel.

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Briantist
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8:39 PM

John: I would have a look at Single frequency interference | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice as there is no reason you should have problems with Freeview HD, assuming your are using a rooftop aerial.

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MarkR
9:43 PM
Bracknell

I have been receiving freeview from Crystal Palace mast with no problems for a few years now. Over the weekend 15/10 and 16/10 all channels associated with multiplex 2 (ITV, ITV2, E4 etc) are all suffering from intermittent interference. I have four different TVs on different types of digibox or inbuilt tuners, I am happy that they are all fine and the aerial is ok and still on the roof! Looking at the site it seems there may be work going on which could be causing the problem, is anyone able to confirm?

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stevea
10:44 PM
Reading

MarkR I live in Reading and I sometimes find after doing an automatic retune that my Humax PVR sometimes decides to tune to the Hannington transmitter. The communal aerial in my apartment block is pointing towards Crystal Palace so the Hannington signal is always poor. Yesterday morning I got up early to watch the Formula 1 and lost all of the HD channels. I did an automatic rescan and found that the ITV was tuned to Hannington. I did a manual retune of channel 22 (found out from this page) so I could get decent picture for ITV. It is worth checking the channel numbers of the ITV MUX and other channels and comparing them with the channel numbers on this page because I would imagine that you also may be able to get Hannington in Bracknell. I believe that the atmospheric conditions were conducive to co-channel interference yesterday. I retuned again this evening and have the HD channels back again now.

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