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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 22/04/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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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?

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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?

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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.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011
Mike Dimmick

8:28 AM

Mart G: First, check that your equipment can actually handle the new transmissions. Digital UK have two lists of equipment with known problems at…ment and…tnit .

If you are on a communal aerial system - a shared antenna - it may be channelised, only amplifying selected frequencies for distribution, and it will need retuning for digital.

You could now have too much signal, if you're quite close to the transmitter. If you have a booster, remove it or turn it down. If that doesn't help, add an attenuator.

Before switchover, five of Sutton Coldfield's multiplexes were on the same channels as Malvern's, so would interfere with each other if the relative distances were right - it would be down to the aerial to provide enough margin between the wanted and unwanted signals for the receiver to decode. If Malvern was too strong, 'Mark the Engineer' should have used a smaller aerial and added an attenuator, not tried to point an aerial at Sutton Coldfield!

The ITV1/C4/C5 multiplex is the one that was not affected, so this is unlikely to be your problem. If you never replaced your aerial for digital, it could be that the gain down on C39 just isn't sufficient - this is at the bottom of Group B and an aerial installed for analogue services would be Group C/D. The nearest source of co-channel interference is Hannington BBC One, so that can probably also be ruled out.

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Mart G
9:41 AM

Cheers mike
Am off to get a freesat box as I have a dish left by previous house owners so think I'm gonna ditch the freeview

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Graham B
12:25 PM

hello Mart

I had the same problem, and I can wave to the Malvern transmitter, but "no signal"....

what hasn't been mentioned is that BBC digital channels have relocated to ch53. So you'll need a retune.

Improves things a lot!

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Graham B's 1 post GB flag
1:06 PM

Hi I have just retuned my Freeview HD TV I am not and my Philips Freeview HD Recorder
and am unable to recieve the HD channels as promised on the 7th September When will Malvern start transmitting these channels and on what ufh channels will they be.
All the retuning of my equpment has so far gone smoothly as I can see the malvern transmitter fom my house

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Mike Dimmick

1:22 PM

Will: HD services start at the *second* stage of switchover, on the 21st.

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Mike Dimmick

1:23 PM

Mart G: See Compare Freeview and Freesat TV | - independent free digital TV advice for the difference between the Freesat and Freeview line-ups.

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Mike Dimmick

1:26 PM

Mart G: I should have added, make sure you do a full retune - first time installation, default setting, full reset, 'virgin mode', reinstall all channels, it's called different things by different manufacturers - as many receivers won't pick up a change to a different frequency when you just use 'add channels'. See TV Re-tune for some product manuals and retune guides, or check the manufacturer's support site.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
2:04 PM

Will (Freeview) BBC HD be available?...asuume it will occur on the next switchover for Malvern on 21 September 2011?,as it has not happened on first-stage digital switchover. We are in Droitwich.

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Steve's 3 posts GB flag

5:28 PM

Steve: Yes, from Wednesday 21st September 2011.

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Thursday, 8 September 2011
Transmitter engineering

4:34 AM

MALVERN transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 00:24 yesterday to 01:34 yesterday [BBC]

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