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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

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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, 27 October 2011
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

9:19 PM

Tim: You're under 4 miles from the transmitter. Maybe the problem is that the signal is too strong and overloading your TVs. See this page for more info:

Freeview signals: too much of a good thing is bad for you | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice (DN31NJ)

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Friday, 28 October 2011
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Tony Ball
8:16 PM
Maidenhead

Can I get a good TV signal from the Hannington transmitter?

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Matt
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

10:00 PM

Perfect reception (50.9889,-1.4989) 

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Alan
11:20 PM

Hi, I live in Bracknell and am very disappointed in the quality of the signals transmitted on freeview. When freeview first came about some ten years ago we got an excellent picture on our Sony 37" plasma but over recent years the picture quality on freeview on some channels is quite poor. We invested in a new backlit Sony LED 46" top of the range TV with HD tuner recently and the picture quality on some freeview channels are particularly bad. We fitted a new Blakes DMX10A group A aerial and new Webro HD100 Triple screened down lead. This increased signal strength from about 70% to 100% and the signal quality remained at 100% as it was previously. The picture quality on HD when they transmit a program filmed in HD is excellent, some freeview channels are of good quality but BBC2 around 6 in the evening is particularly bad, when Egg Heads is transmitted on HD at the same time as on standard digital the difference is unbelievable, the normal freeview picture is as if you've tried to view a poor quality You Tube video on full screen on your pc. Most freeview channels show any text with a pixalated faint haze around it. Please note on other TVs around the house 32" & 22" the picture quality is ok due to the smaller screen. If TV screens are to get bigger then when will the signal improve to match this. I've heard that signals are compressed to allow more channels to be transmitted on each multiplex, and at different times of day this can alter. Will the digital switch over in April 2012 cure this problem or will we just get more channels pumped down the multiplex at reduced quality. I'm sure there are many viewers out there that have spent hundreds or even thousands on new TVs and are very disappointed at the picture quality available on Freeview. Please is there anyone out there that is an expert in this topic and can reassure me that this will improve with switch over or can correct me if there is some other explanation to my problem.

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Saturday, 29 October 2011
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

11:11 AM

Alan: You should not find that SD transmissions are that bad. Have you looked for Freeview intermittent interference | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice ?

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Tuesday, 1 November 2011
Transmitter engineering
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9:48 AM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - stal Palace Transmitter works 2 and 3 November 2011: Engineering transmitter work will take place between 01:00hrs and 06:00hrs. TV services that will be disrupted: Analogue services - BBC1, BBC2, ITV and Channel 4 will be subject to periods of shutdown and reduced power. Digital services - Mux1, Mux2, and MuxB will be subject to periods of shutdown and reduced power. [DUK]

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9:48 AM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - stal Palace Transmitter works 2 and 3 November 2011: Engineering transmitter work will take place between 01:00hrs and 06:00hrs. TV services that will be disrupted: Analogue services - BBC1, BBC2, ITV and Channel 4 will be subject to periods of shutdown and reduced power. Digital services - Mux1, Mux2, and MuxB will be subject to periods of shutdown and reduced power. [DUK]

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2:51 PM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - stal Palace Transmitter works 2 and 3 November 2011: Engineering transmitter work will take place between 00:01hrs and 06:00hrs. TV services that will be disrupted: Analogue services - BBC1, BBC2, ITV and Channel 4 will be subject to periods of shutdown and reduced power. Digital services - Mux1, Mux2, and MuxB will be subject to periods of shutdown and reduced power. [DUK]

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CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - stal Palace Transmitter works 2 and 3 November 2011: Engineering transmitter work will take place between 00:01hrs and 06:00hrs. TV services that will be disrupted: Analogue services - BBC1, BBC2, ITV and Channel 4 will be subject to periods of shutdown and reduced power. Digital services - Mux1, Mux2, and MuxB will be subject to periods of shutdown and reduced power. [DUK]

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mrdtv
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6:14 PM
London

Note these tests tomorrow and Thursday are likely to be full power post DSO tests on the new frequencies. You can't lock LCNs but if you have manual tuning you can see signal strengths and quality. They will probably test E23, E26 and E29. Interesting to see reports from nightowls.

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