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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Malvern (Worcestershire, England) mast?

Malvern transmitter - Malvern transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 08/04/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

Which Freeview channels does the Malvern 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.

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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, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

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C31- (553.8MHz)203mDTG-8400W
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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 TV 2, 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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12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 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?

regional news image
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.

Saturday, 22 December 2012
David warren
4:44 AM

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David warren's 1 post GB flag

8:22 AM

David warren: The aerial installations seen along the Newtown Road indicate that Freeview reception in your area is from the Malvern transmitter, but though judging by the fact that many of them are on extended poles suggest that the area is not one that is particularly good for reception and that could well be your problem.

As far as trying to obtain a signal on a portable aerial in the attic space is concerned I very much doubt if you would achieve any level of success, because if residing in a newer build property its possible that the building has been constructed using insulation containing a metallic element and that has a serious blocking effect on RF signals, especially low powered ones.

If the BT engineer has suggested that your roof aerial is the problem then this could well be the case, but though there is a test that you could try yourself on both the roof aerial and also your portable one, this being to try a manual tune test on the BBC and also ITV, "if" that is your TV allows manual tuning as some unfortunately don't.

What to do is press menu / installation / tuning / and see if manual is an option, if it is then enter Ch53 but do NOT press scan or search, because on most equipment as soon as a channel number is entered the signal strength of that channel will be indicated, make a note of what's seen then press scan or search.

The reason why I mentioned not to press scan is because as soon as you do that the signal threshold system comes into play whereby if the signal is under a certain level it will simply be by-passed and not stored, but whatever the result of the above test change the channel number to 57 (ITV1) and do the test again, giving an update on results.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Monday, 8 April 2013
2:50 PM


From your sites articles, Im aware that as I live in Worcester (@ WR2 4PB) and receive signals from the Malvern TX, that Im likely to suffer 4G interference in the future. (6 masts within 1km.)

If I lose one or more MUX due to this problem will the free filter, once fitted, enable all MUX channels to be received?

Also, will the insertion loss of these filters be negligible or will they reduce the already weak signal strength.

Thanks for any info.



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G J ANSTEY's 5 posts GB flag
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Tuesday, 27 August 2013
8:41 AM

No signal since around 11pm last night - is this due to the fog up there in the hills? We have two separate ariels so I know it's not a wiring problem

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Andy's 2 posts GB flag
Friday, 6 September 2013
Monday, 9 September 2013
5:14 PM

how can i manually add film4 and film 4 plus 1, i dont want to do a full retune as all the rest are working perfectly (first time for that) but film 4 seems to have moved. ps im recieving the malvern transmitter.

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John's 2 posts GB flag

6:27 PM

John: If your reason for not wishing to carry out an auto-tune is caused by you possibly residing in an area where your TV or box picks up channels from other stations, then by rights you should really carry out a "first time installation" or "factory reset" followed by "manually" tuning in each of Malvern's six mux channels one at a time, storing the results after each scan.

However although this procedure is not necessarily guaranteed to work is it depends on the menu system used on the brand of TV or box you are using, but select the EPG guide listing menu (or channel edit facility) and delete 15 & 45, then go into your TV or boxes tuning menu / manual tune then entering and scanning C57, this being Malvern's PSB2 transmitter used by ITV1 and which Film4 is also now using.

Check the EPG list to see if Film4 has returned followed by verifying that you can view it, if all OK then repeat the procedure already carried out but this time enter C55 (COM6) used by Film4+1.

By the way, Malvern's six multiplexes operate on the following channels.

53 (BBC) - 57 (ITV1) - 60 (HD service) - C50 (ITV3 / Drama etc) - 59 (Pick TV / Sky news etc) - 55 (Yesterday / ITV4 etc)

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag

8:07 PM

John: I had also meant to say that its not possible to add and individual programme to the guide listings screen as it can only be done by rescanning the multiplex that the programme required will be located on, this action updating the said multiplexes contribution to the guide listings screen.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Thursday, 26 September 2013
11:21 AM

Thank you for this information and your answer.
In fact the signal from Malvern seems to have disappeared completely rendering all channels inoperative. This happened before I had time to try your suggestions. I have now moved my aerial to point at the Bromsgrove relay from Sutton coalfield. So now I have Film4 but I have decided that the freeview service is so unreliable that I will probably switch to freesat. Its a pity (especially the cost) but I have wasted hours on freeview and the frequent signal interruptions that prevent programmes from recording.

thanks again for all your help John

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John's 2 posts RU flag
Friday, 27 September 2013

12:28 AM

John: Well, although I am unable to comment as to any possible reasons for your continuing bad reception by being unaware of your exact locality, a post code or one from somewhere nearby, e.g: a shop / Post office being suffice, I would however fully endorse anyone's decision to opt for Freesat if they have been plagued with reception problems due to the area they happen to reside in as satisfactory reception of digital transmissions can only be achieved via a perfectly stable signal, this in many cases only obtainable via the domain of satellite reception (Sky or Freesat) this mode offering virtually guaranteed reception for around 99.9% of the time, the odd occasion that it might not do being during a heavy thundery type downpour, or maybe on an odd occasion during the winter months when snow has been deposited within the bowl of the dish, a quick swipe across the dish with a light brush instantly rectifying the problem.

Anyway thanks for your update, and should you at any time require further assistance involving such as Freesat or whatever, please do not hesitate to ask.

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