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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?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

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
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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
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 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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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-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
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:32 AM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Weak Signal from 14:09 yesterday to 14:12 yesterday BBC TWO Weak Signal from 12:44 yesterday to 13:01 yesterday BBC TWO Weak Signal from 11:26 yesterday to 11:59 yesterday BBC TWO Weak Signal from 07:32 yesterday to 08:15 yesterday [BBC]

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ian hayes
2:11 PM
London

I have just bought a freeview hd box i can get all the SD channels but none of the HD channels ever come up i live in north London i am using an indoor aerial which it says is HD compatible does anyone have any ideas of what the problem might be.

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Thursday, 17 March 2011
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Mike Dimmick
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

2:10 PM
Reading

ian hayes: all aerials are HD compatible. The problem is that it is indoors. Indoor aerials are not very good, generally, and you lose a lot of signal because there isn't a clear line of sight to the transmitter, through both internal and external walls and neighbouring buildings.

Right now, the HD signals are broadcast at half the power of the other multiplexes - they need about the same power as multiplex 2 (e.g. ITV1) and A (e.g. ITV3) to work reliably.

You really need a roof aerial for reliable reception. If you did have one, you'd be expected to get reliable HD service now, and after switchover next year.

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kieran r
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7:57 PM

i have terrble signal i live in basing stoke and whan will the anlog shut offf

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kieran r's 32 posts GB
Sunday, 20 March 2011
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EDMUND WEERASINGHE
11:37 AM

I DO NOT KNOW WHETHER I AM HAVING THE CORRECT AREIAL OR WHETHER IT HAS BEEN POSITIONED CORRECTLY. I DO NOT RECEIVE BBC 1 AND BBC 2 CLEARLY.
cOULD YOU PL. COME AND CHECK IF THERE IS NO CHARGE.
REGARDS
EDMUND

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Thursday, 24 March 2011
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kieran r
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

5:03 PM
Leigh-on-sea

my analogue hase gone off all my channles are black and white can somewone help pleas

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Martyn
7:42 PM

i have got a 3view box which is connected to a roof aerial it has hd on but 2weeks ago it packed up receiving the hd side to the box would there be any changes to stop hd working Martyn

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Mike Dimmick
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

7:43 PM
Reading

kieran r: Fine here, but I'm on the other side of the transmitter. Still, it's much more likely that you have a break in a cable, something hit your aerial, or an amplifier has stopped working.

Is it more snowy than usual, or have you only lost colour? If the latter, it's more likely to be a transmitter fault. If it's snowy as well, more likely it's at your end.

The BBC reckon you're more likely to be using the Sudbury transmitter.

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Friday, 25 March 2011
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kieran r
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

9:16 AM
Basingstoke

mike dimmick: i live in basingstoke my post code is rg23 8ds my analog is fine but freeview is not working i used to use hannington but i got fedup with the trees so thats y i pointed my aerial to C.P

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Sunday, 27 March 2011
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Phil d
8:00 PM
Woking

I've just lost freeview hd from crystal palace. No signal at all this weekend. Tried rebooting and factory reset of humax u2 GDR box but no joy. Signal on ch31 when tuning shows 0.

Any ideas?

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