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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! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 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 Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's Christmas, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 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! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 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
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

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

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 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, 30 September 2011
Jon Musselwhite
12:14 AM

I am experiencing intermittent loss of all HD channels ie channel 60. I ham getting a very good signal but zero signal quality. All the rest of the channels are fine. I have tried re-tuning but I am not recieving any quality at all on channel 60. It was working fine up to a day or so ago. I have a new aerial on the roof and only live in Worcester so signal strength is fine. Is there something wrong with the transmitter?

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6:58 AM

Jon Musselwhite: The transmitter is working normally. Please see Single frequency interference | - independent free digital TV advice .

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Richard Worthington
7:20 AM

I've also lost all the HD channels at Malvern on both media center and my TV so suspect some issue with the transmitter ?


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7:25 AM

Richard Worthington: There are no reported faults with the transmitter.

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Jon Musselwhite
9:07 AM

Well I have tried following your advice, I have disconnected all other devices and turned them of, I have unplugged all cables except aerial from tv reset and re scanned and still no HD channels. I have a new 'wideband' aerial and it is now connected straight to the tv and i have a very good signal 9/10 and a quality of 10 on all streams except 60 where the quality strength is zero but signal strength is 9! Everything was working fine from the switchover to a couple of days ago so logically the only thing that seems to have changed is the transmitter?

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Jon Musselwhite
9:18 AM

Yes I have a Freeview HD tuner built into the tv, as I said, I was getting the HD channels just fine and for no reason when I switched on the tv it said 'no signal' when one of the HD channels was selected. So it seems like they just stopped transmitting!

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9:31 AM

No HD channels when I checked last night and none this morning - either LG TV or Humax Fox T2. Despite what is being detailed, it would appear to be a transmitter problem on channel 60; everything else is good.

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Brian WR5
10:15 AM

I finally got around to trying taking out my booster to see if my quality issue in media centre was down to too much signal - and it made not a scrap of difference.

I therefore tried executing the ScanChannelsBDA_UK utility both with and without the booster and got the following results :

Ch# - Freq - Strength/Quality w/o booster - Strength/Quality with booster

C50 - 706.000 - 61% / 100% - 79% / 99%
C53 - 730.000 - 59% / 96% - 75% / 100%
C55 - 746.000 - 57% / 100% - 73% / 100%
C57 - 762.000 - 60% / 100% - 76% / 100%
C59 - 777.833 - 57% / 100% - 74% / 100%

Since I am more interested in the TV channels available on C53 than on C50 I plan to continue using the booster.

The Win 7 Media Centre "Edit sources" screen reports quality as anything between 0% and 60% on these five frequencies (plus, interesingly, 44%/99% on 738.000 which is not broadcast by Malvern!). I manually set the Malvern frequencies at the top of the list regardless of MC-reported quality and the picture on all TV channels is pretty much OK although I do get some picture break-up (not pixellation) which I didn't get before.

I still don't understand why my WMC quality is low given that I used to get 100% pre-DSO so if anyone has any more thoughts I would be happy to try any other suggestions.


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Brian G
1:58 PM

I have tried several TVs that were receiving the HD channels on 785.8MHz, none of which are now seeing a signal. What on earth is going on?

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