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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 V max
C41 (634.0MHz)204mDTG-3400W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) West Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC SD, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 18 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C44 (658.0MHz)204mDTG-3400W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C47- (681.8MHz)204mDTG-6400W
Channel icons
101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,

COM4
SDN
 V max
C29 (538.0MHz)204mDTG-8400W
Channel icons
 Spotlight TV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 40 Movies4Men, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 Paramount Network, 55 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 21 others

COM5
ArqA
 V max
C31- (553.8MHz)203mDTG-8400W
Channel icons
11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 28 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Channel, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 45 Film4 +1, 46 Challenge, 72 YourTV, 76 Quest +1, 84 Now 90s, 89 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 10 others

COM6
ArqB
 V max
C37 (602.0MHz)204mDTG-8400W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 29 4Music, 31 5Spike, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 Home, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 73 Sewing Quarter, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 91 PBS America, 235 AlJazeera English (SD), plus 16 others

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
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 18 Freeview HD channels?

the effected channels
the effected channels

The Malvern (Worcestershire, England) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: 4seven HD, 5STAR +1, 5USA +1, Aljazeera English HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, CBS Reality +1, Channel 4+1 HD, Forces TV, Freesports, More4 +1, NOW 80s, Pick +1, Together TV +1, Quest Red +1, RT HD, Smithsonian Channel HD.

If you want to watch these HD channels, either use Freesat HD, or move your TV aerial must point to one of the 30 Full Freeview HD transmitters. For more information see the want to know which transmitters will carry extra Freeview HD? 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?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-177 Mar 2018
C/D EC/D EEC/D E TC/D E TC/D E TW T
C29SDN
C31ArqA
C37ArqB
C392
C41DBBCA
C44BD3+4
C47ABBCB
C50tv_offSDNSDNSDN
C51tv_offC_local_local_local_local
C52tv_off+1
C53tv_offBBCABBCABBCA
C55tv_offArqBArqBArqB
C56tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves
C57tv_offD3+4D3+4D3+4
C59tv_off-ArqA-ArqA-ArqA
C60tv_off-BBCB-BBCB-BBCB
C62BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves
C66ITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves
C68C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

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Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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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.

Comments
Tuesday, 12 December 2017
Transmitter engineering
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2:09 PM

MALVERN transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 08:05 today to 08:23 today. [BBC]

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Transmitter engineering
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5:09 AM

MALVERN transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 08:05 yesterday to 08:23 yesterday. [BBC]

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Thursday, 14 December 2017
Transmitter engineering
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5:09 AM

MALVERN transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 08:05 on 12 Dec to 08:23 on 12 Dec. [BBC]

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Sunday, 24 December 2017
Transmitter engineering
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11:09 PM

MALVERN transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 20:48 today to 20:49 today. [BBC]

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Monday, 25 December 2017
Transmitter engineering
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5:09 AM

MALVERN transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 20:48 yesterday to 20:49 yesterday. [BBC]

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Tuesday, 26 December 2017
Transmitter engineering
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5:09 AM

MALVERN transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 20:48 on 24 Dec to 20:49 on 24 Dec. [BBC]

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018
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MichaelW
7:20 PM

For a while now I have been able to get perfectly good reception in Worcester of several channels numbered in the 90s including ForcesTV, PBS America and Freesports. Last night I noticed that all these channels still appeared in the programme guide but when I switched to them I got a blank screen. Since they have not reappeared and there are no faults reported with the Malvern transmitter, I decided to retune. After doing this, all of these channels have disappeared completely from the list of channels and the channel guide.

I can still receive channels from every MUX that the Malvern transmitter transmits and I have a decoder that can receive Freeview HD. It is also connected to broadband to enable viewing of some channels delivered via the Internet, although it is not a Freeview Play receiver. Has anyone else noticed this problem and does anyone have any explanation about why these channels should have diappeared?

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StevensOnln1
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11:26 PM

MichaelW: None of those channels have ever been broadcast from Malvern (they're all on the COM8 multiplex which is not available from Malvern) so you were previously picking them up from another transmitter. By retuning you've now deleted them from your channel list. If you provide a full postcode we can access your predicted coverage which should reveal which transmitter they were coming from and if there is anything you can do to get them back.

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Thursday, 1 February 2018
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MichaelW
12:01 AM
Worcester

StevensOnln1: When I search my postcode and house number I am just about in range of both Ridge Hill and Mendip. Both have Com8. However, I doubt I am picking up Mendip as I cannot get South West news (although I have picked it up in the past before the digital switch). I am most likely receiving ForcesTV etc. from Ridge Hill (Ledbury) as my Digibox finds both a West Midlands and Gloucestershire variant (both receive Midlands news). I have a second aerial that was installed to receive Channel 5 before the digital switch and I think the aerial installer told me he was picking up the broadcast from Ledbury. Not sure what I can do to get the Com8 channels back. Scanned again tonight and nothing but at the start of the week it was fine.

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StevensOnln1
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10:37 AM

MichaelW: If you click the DigitalUK Trade link under your post, it shows that Mendip is predicted to have a fairly strong signal at your postcode for most multiplexes (although not for COM8) although this will improve when COM8 changes frequency at Mendip next year. COM8 from Ridge Hill shows as being even weaker, although it is in almost the same direction as Malvern which probably explains how you managed to pick it up on a previous retune. Unfortunately, the coverage checker shows COM7 & COM8 from Ridge Hill at no signal after they change frequency on 1st March. In short, it looks like the easiest way to get reliable reception of channels such as Forces TV, Freesports, PBS America, BBC Four HD, etc would be via Freesat.

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