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The symbol shows the location of the Malvern (Worcestershire, England) transmitter which serves 58,000 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 Malvern (Worcestershire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Malvern 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.

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C41 (634.0MHz)204mDTG-400W
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1 BBC One (SD) West Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 19 others

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C44 (658.0MHz)204mDTG-400W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Central west),

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C47- (681.8MHz)204mDTG-400W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD West Midlands, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

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C29 (538.0MHz)204mDTG-8400W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 Great! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 68 RealityXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

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C31- (553.8MHz)203mDTG-8400W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 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, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's 60s, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 80s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

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C37 (602.0MHz)204mDTG-8400W
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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 Great! Movies Christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies +1, 63 Great! Movies Christmas 1, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 others

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
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The Malvern (Worcestershire, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: .

If you want to watch these channels, your aerial must point to one of the 80 Full service Freeview transmitters. For more information see the will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? page.

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Malvern transmitter?

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BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 49km northeast (36°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 49km northeast (35°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

How will the Malvern (Worcestershire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-137 Mar 2018

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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 7 Sep 11 and 21 Sep 11.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 2kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 400W
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-10dB) 200W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Sutton Coldfield transmitter area

Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision†
Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1981Associated TeleVision
Jan 1982-Feb 2004Central Independent Television
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. Malvern 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.

Friday, 23 September 2011
11:47 AM

Both of the following:

1) when looking at the channel source some channels have both the main frequency and the 166 MHz offset
2) Other TVs in the house all at 100% strength and quality

are true for me, although I am further from the transmitter. Oh, and the offset on mine seems to be 167MHz.

I'll be interested to know how you get on.

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Rich's 6 posts GB flag

8:16 PM

The problem with media center is that the only visable tuning indication is a row of dots that that move from left to right as it tunes up the UHF band.
This would mean that it tunes into the Sutton Multiplexes 39 to 46 before the Malvern ones in the 50s.
There is no way you can find the actual Ch numbers in Media Center.

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sid's 33 posts GB flag
Saturday, 24 September 2011
andy walker
10:05 AM

I get no reception at all from com 5 ch 59 from malvern. All other channels fine. Is it online? Went off on 21st.

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Brian WR5
10:20 PM

Richard, Malvern,

Thanks for the comments, good to know it's not just me !!

I have taken out my booster/splitter and am still getting 60% in MC. I also have the offsets (both + and - on some frequencies) showing at the same 60%. In addition I have these "shadow" frequencies appearing - one is even at 80%. I am also getting some Malvern frequencies showing 0% quality but when I select them and disable the others, the picture is fine.

We have lots of trees and houses around and the signal has always been bad so I'm not convinced it's a problem with too much signal. My Humax shows 70% strength and 100% quality (same aerial, the RF cable goes to the Humax and then loops through to the HTPC).


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Brian WR5
10:29 PM

Richard, Malvern,

Just a quick PS to my previous post - in relation to your comment about the number of sources, I assume you expect 4 sources because you have two dual-tuner cards? I have a single dual-tuner card and on some channels I am getting 18 sources ...


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Brian WR5's 4 posts GB flag
Sunday, 25 September 2011
11:19 AM


Is there really no way of choosing a transmitter in Media Center 7? Am I just stuck with this problem?


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Richard Worthington
12:13 PM


Yip - I've got two dual tuners hence expect 4 sources but do get 4,8,12 or 16 on various channels. I had a session yesterday to try and resolve the problems. I bought a variable attenuator from Maplins (Blackpole) and set the power of the signal to around 90% using a TV to show the power/quality. I then had various rounds of setting up the TV signal in media center (MCE)- did notice it would detect (or not detect) different channels on different scans in an inconsistent way. Eventually did get a good scan that detected the channels as expected - I think MCE does strange things if it has channels already so I suggest doing a scan and when it's complete you have the option to delete channels. Do this, reboot and then rescan and this seems to solve the scanning issue.

I also invested in a new graphics card (PNY GT430 Nvidia PC World £59.99) that had hardware video processing since did notice PC was struggling decoding the HD signal.

So by the evening was getting all the channels without any problems and recorded/watched BBC1 and ITV in HD with no problems.

Now this morning am getting interference on BBC1 and ITV1. This got me thinking since had noticed before I had problems in the morning but seemed to be ok later on in the day which led me to think about interference from a source. With a bit of googling came across this

TV Interference Advice, Solve TVI Problems | TVI Filters

Since so close to the Malvern transmitter and close to the fire station this is potentially a problem. I've ordered a filter (via ebay for £10 but this has the details…htm) so will let you know if this makes any difference.

BTW you can use 'Sitefinder' Mobile Phone Base Station Database to see if there is a Tetra transmitter close by - I stuck in your postcode and there is one on Williamson Rd so depending on where you live could be an issue.

Will let you know how I get on with the filter !




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Richard Worthington
12:20 PM


Suggest trying the "deleting" approach in my previous post and see if that works

"I think MCE does strange things if it has channels already so I suggest doing a scan and when it's complete you have the option to delete channels. Do this, reboot and then rescan and this seems to solve the scanning issue. "

I did try pulling out the aerial until the scan got to 50% (to get the higher channels) but that didn't seem to work though that was before I deleted the channels first so might be worth a try if the above still doesn't work !



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2:06 PM


Thanks for the advice. I'll give these things a try!



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Rich's 6 posts GB flag
5:52 PM

andy walker: I'm receiving all channels off Malvern without any problems - check that you haven't got a sky box or VCR with an RF output tuned to channel 59 (simplest way is to switch them off).

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