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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-3200,000W
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1 BBC One London, 2 BBC Two England, 7 BBC Three, 9 BBC Four, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC Red Button 1, plus 13 others

 H max
C26 (514.0MHz)324mDTG-3200,000W
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3 ITV (London), 4 Channel 4 London ads, 5 Channel 5 London ads, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 London ads, 14 More 4, 15 Film 4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (London),

 H max
C30- (545.8MHz)324mDTG-6200,000W
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45 Film 4 +1, 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 BBC Three HD, 123 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

 H max
C25 (506.0MHz)314mDTG-8200,000W
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10 ITV 3, 20 Drama, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5*, 31 5USA, 34 ITV 3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 55 Channel 5 +24, 61 True Entertainment, 62 ITV 4 +1, 66 CBS Reality, 72 ITV Be +1, 122 CITV, plus 20 others

 H max
C22 (482.0MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
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 BBC Red Button 2, 11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Movie Mix, 41 Food Network, 42 Travel Channel, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 68 truTV, 69 truTV +1, 126 Tiny Pop, 132 Sky News, 242 Vintage TV, plus 18 others

 H max
C28- (529.8MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
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18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 21 VIVA, 24 ITV 4, 25 Dave ja vu, 38 Quest +1, 47 4seven, 58 BT Sport 1 (not free), 59 BT Sport 2 (not free), 64 CBS Action, 70 Horror Channel, 133 Al Jazeera English, 135 RT English , plus 18 others

 H -10dB
C29 (538.0MHz)324mDTG-1220,000W
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from 31st March 2014: 8 LONDON LIVE, 125 Pop, plus 1 others

 H -6.7dB
C33 (570.0MHz)324mDTG-643,100W
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63 Community Channel, 71 Motors TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera HD, 109 Community Channel HD, 110 Channel 4+1 HD, 111 4seven HD, 124 CBeebies HD, 134 Al Jazeera Arabic, plus 3 others

 H -11.7dB
C35 (586.0MHz)324mDTG-613,500W
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starts sometime during 2014/5:

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/324.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/340.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/427.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/48.0Mb/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?

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BBC London 4.9m homes 18.4%
from London W1A 1AA, 11km north-northwest
to BBC London region - 55 masts.
regional news image
ITV London News 4.9m homes 18.4%
from London WC1X 8XZ, 11km north-northwest
to ITV London region - 55 masts.

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How will the Crystal Palace (Greater London, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

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green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
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700MHz band: possible 4G in 2019 more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
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Wednesday, 8 April 2015
4:17 PM

Paul: Crystal Palace (@ 23miles / 223 degrees) is indicated as being the station that covers your area, however, as no engineering work is being carried out at this station, then no immediately obvious explanation exists as to why you are not receiving the HD channels, that is except one, that of the tuner fitted into the TV being a DVB-T type and not of the DVB-T2 variety which is required for HD reception.

If you come back with the model number of the TV in question this aspect concerning the tuner can be checked out.

By the way, that said is based on you not receiving BBC1/2 HD / ITV1 HD etc.

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Thursday, 23 April 2015
Derek Watts
3:56 PM

I notice that London Live TV (Program number 8 here in North Kent) is not listed. Does this mean it is not transmitted from the Crystal Palace tower? Its power here is considerably lower than other freeview TVchannels

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Derek Watts
4:03 PM

I notice that London Live TV (program 8 here in North Kent) is not listed. Does this mean it does not come from the Crystal Palace transmitter? Its signal strength is much lower than other freeview TV channels.

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Dave Lindsay
5:25 PM

Derek Watts: It is listed. It is down as "LW" and appears after COM6. The power is 20kW as against 200kW for the six main channels. The radiation pattern for LW is shown above when the heading "Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?" is clicked.

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Sunday, 26 April 2015
11:30 AM

I like to ask... does anyone know when DVB T1 SD closes and goes full HD DVB T2 the reason i ask i noticed more boxes are going HD T2 for sale and seeing less and less of T1 boxes...

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Rob's 158 posts Silver Silver xx
8:37 PM Trowbridge


There may be no cessation of SD transmissions and the timing of the introduction of transmissions that can only be received by DVB-T2 equipment is entirely in the hands of Ofcom. A DVB-T2 tuner is capable of receiving SD (whether contained in a DVB-T1 or DVB-T2 multiplex) and HD signals in a DVB-T2 multiplex only (at present), so for manufacturers it makes more sense to sell DVB-T2 equipped TVs that can be used with currently planned transmissions for at least the foreseeable future. Some sources suggest that by around 2019/2020 all, or at least most, multiplexes will be DVB-T2 format, in the meantime the number using only DVB-T2 is likely to increase. Not all programmes will be broadcast in HD though, many are not yet produced in HD and recordings will be in SD so will have to be transmitted as SD even though they are in an HD-capable multiplex.

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10:52 PM

MikeP: Its a shame that not all manufacturers make all their equipment with T2 tuners - the bulk of the sets you see at supermarkets (unless they are one of the four big brands) do not have them. Its relatively easy to get another box (receivers have started to appear on the market again), but its an extra cost, an extra hassle, and fairly pointless.

However, I suspect that the bulk of TV's will either have T2 tuners, or have T2 equiped boxes attached (or at least the possibility) within a couple of years, such is the churn in the market. But I would warn anyone buying a TV, etc to make sure that it is Freeview HD equiped - if its seemingly too cheap, there is normally a good reason why!

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Monday, 27 April 2015
3:50 PM

MikeP: That is very true I have seen cheap HD sets 32" around 140 pounds... NO T2 tuners only T1... i think they trying to off load these sets.... and the poor customer gets conned thinking they got a bargain.... when it is not.....

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