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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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

 H max
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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (London),

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C30- (545.8MHz)324mDTG-200,000W
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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

 H max
C25 (506.0MHz)314mDTG-8200,000W
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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 Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

 H max
C22 (482.0MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
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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 9 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, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

 H -10dB
C35 (586.0MHz)324mDTG-1220,000W
Channel icons
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, 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

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.

Thursday, 10 May 2018
Allan Cousens
7:55 AM

This may help some people, if it works it's a cheap, simple solution and is certainly worth trying. I live in East London and have a fixed aerial in the loft that has worked well for years but will not receive channels 55 and 56 and is sometimes dubious about channel 35 containing London Live etc. from Crystal Palace. The other day I accidentally discovered that an old indoor TV aerial I had lying about can receive channels 55 and 56 and even channel 35 when the rooftop aerial is just showing blocks of colour. So in the 21st century I have reverted to that old staple of the 60s and 70s of wandering round the living room with an indoor aerial trying to find the best location for the signal. I was thinking of changing the fixed aerial in the loft but am not keen on this if the channels are anticipated to be changing again in a few years.

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10:45 AM

Allan Cousens: If you don't have satellite or cable you may be eligible to have your loft aerial replaced with a wideband type free of charge, which can be arranged by contacting the Freeview Advice Line (see link below). The only future planned changed which affect Crystal Palace are that COM7 & COM8 are expected to close by 2022, there have been no other frequency changes announced for Crystal Palace.

Important changes to Freeview TV signals | Freeview

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StevensOnln1's 3,475 posts GB

1:56 PM

Allen Cousens:

Further to that said by StevensOnln1, an indoor 'set top' aerial of the type you describe were always dubious for reception and often very unreliable, especially as you moved around the room or anyone next door moved around nearby. Traffic often caused serious disruptions as well. So 'set top' type aerials are not a good answer at all. It is better to do as StevensOnln1 suggests and have a wide band aerial fitted free-of-charge if you qualify (no cable TV service and no satellite system).

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MikeP's 3,056 posts PT
Tuesday, 15 May 2018
Denis Dowland
1:02 PM

I can report that in Kentish Town all signal from COM7 disappeared about 15 minutes ago.

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018
Denis Dowland
6:50 AM

... And was back on by the evening.

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Martin R

10:44 AM

I live in NW9 5LQ since the recent change I lost channels on COM7 and COM8. We share a communal area on the estate. The property management company arranged for a local engineer to come and check everything. He came back to the property and said they were all there now and retuned my television - to no avail. I had 158 channels before and after. Last night, I tried, what he didn't do, retune without the aerial and then retune with the aerial. That gave me 161 channels, but I notice missing was BBC News HD. This morning I tried the same process again, and ended up with 151 channels - duh ! (Tried this twice). No idea what is missing, but waiting for the engineer to report back to the property management company and will take it from there.

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Thursday, 17 May 2018
Martin R

3:38 PM

Mike P: Thanks for your comments. I will get in touch with the Management company to see what is happening. I don't know if he changed the aerial system. He certainly checked in my property and was surprised that I couldn't receive the signal.

My recorder does receive the stations, but it has never been able to receive a satisfactory HD signal, the picture just breaks up in 'Joseph's Multicoloured Dreamcoat' !

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Saturday, 19 May 2018
D Bows
4:16 PM

Is this page still up-to-date? I'm trying to retune after losing channels and I'm not receiving anything on channels 33 & 35.

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D Bows's 2 posts GB
Sunday, 20 May 2018
10:32 AM

The channel lists are out of date,this is a good place to check
Digital UK - Coverage checker

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Michael's 16 posts GB
Wednesday, 23 May 2018
anthony page
4:22 PM

can someone explain the following problem.i use a panasonic blue ray recorder which has a full hd tv tuner in it.this worked perfectly ok up to the time of the retune,now i am unable to get any channels between 106-201.i have tried various ways of retuning without success.the signal strength shown on the lower channels is a full ten out of ten.i have seperate cheap free view box connected to the same aerial via multiple booster box.this picks up all the channels ok . the panasonic unit is not under warranty.i also have a new sony tv model 43xd80, this is also playing up ,some times i cannot 4hd on it.the other night i was watching bbc 4hd when i lost the channel completely.i tried it again later and it was back.i never had any of these problems before the retune.someone said i should get the aerial checked because it has been up on the chimney stack for about 12 years.any advice any one can give me would be most helpful.many thanks.a m page

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