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Full Freeview on the Winter Hill (Bolton, England) transmitter

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The symbol shows the location of the Winter Hill (Bolton, England) transmitter which serves 2,690,000 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 Winter Hill (Bolton, England) transmitter.

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

Which Freeview channels does the Winter Hill 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
 H max
C50 (706.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One North West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 17 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C59 (778.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (Granada), 4 Channel 4 North ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Granada),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C54- (737.8MHz)726mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
45 Film4 +1, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD North ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 123 CBBC HD,

COM4
SDN
 H max
C58 (770.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
10 ITV3, 20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 My5, 58 ITV Be +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 61 True Entertainment, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze, 83 Blaze +1, 92 Quest +1, 122 CITV, plus 18 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C49 (698.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 68 truTV, 69 Tru TV +1, 72 YourTV, 132 Sky News, plus 12 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C55 (746.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
 BT Showcase (not free), 18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 Spike, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 64 CBS Action, 71 CBS Drama, 73 YourTV +1, 79 Dave ja vu, 90 Quest Red +1, plus 21 others

LM
 H -20dB
C56 (754.0MHz)572mDTG-121,000W
Channel icons
from 1st October 2014: 7 That's Manchester,

LL
 H -17dB
C56 (754.0MHz)572mDTG-122,000W
Channel icons
from 30th June 2014: 7 Bay TV Liverpool,

LPR
 H -20dB
C56 (754.0MHz)572mDTG-121,000W
Channel icons
from 1st October 2014: 7 That's Lancashire,

com7
 H -5.9dB
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-625,700W
Channel icons
56 5USA +1, 57 VIVA, 67 CBS Reality +1, 74 CBS Action +1, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 82 Vintage TV, 87 Keep It Country, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera Eng HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, 124 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

com8
 H -6.5dB
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-622,600W
Channel icons
55 5STAR+1, 63 Community Channel, 86 More4 1, 91 Front Runner TV, plus 4 others

GIM
 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
Channel icons
 ShowBiz TV, 50 Movies4Men +1, 75 Chart Show TV, 89 Clubland TV, 128 Pop +1, 129 Tiny Pop 1,



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
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-2 16QAM 2K 3/4 18.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

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

regional news image
BBC North West Tonight 3.1m homes 11.8%
from Salford M50 2QH, 22km southeast
to BBC North West region - 92 masts.
regional news image
ITV Granada Reports 3.1m homes 11.6%
from Salford M50 2EQ, 22km southeast
to ITV Granada region - 80 masts.

How will the Winter Hill (Bolton, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

years1956~851984-971997-981998-20092009-1310/4/13-2013-1730th Jun 2020-
aerial groupVHFC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EWA K
C9ITV
C12BBCtv
C29BBCA
600C31com7D3+4
C32BBCB
C34SDN
C35ArqA
C37com8ArqB
C48C5C5
700C49 ArqAArqA
C50 BBCABBCA
C54-BBCB-BBCB-BBCB
C55BBC1BBC1BBC1ArqBArqBArqB
C56+1_local_local_local
C57GIMGIMGIM
C58SDNSDNSDN
C59ITVITVITVD3+4D3+4D3+4
C60+C
800C61ArqA
C62BBC2BBC2BBC2BBCA
C63+D
C65C4C4C4
C66+2
C67+B
C68+A

orange background for multiplexes names more
green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: 4G from 30 June 2020more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 4th November and 2nd December 2009.

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

Analogue 1-4 500kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 100kW
com7(-12.9dB) 25.7kW
com8(-13.4dB) 22.6kW
Analogue 5(-16dB) 12.5kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-17dB) 10kW
LL(-24dB) 2kW
GIM, LM, LPR(-27dB) 1000W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Winter Hill transmitter area

May 1956-Jul 1968Granada Television†
May 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Feb 2004Granada 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.

Comments
Thursday, 13 April 2017
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Anthony
11:31 AM

I would like to correct your information : there was some transmitter maintenance yesterday on Winter Hill yesterday (it was indicated on DUK website), and possible weak signal warnings. There was break up on some services and the HD multiplex on ch 54 was also weak with no signal. This morning power on all services was restored.

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Anthony's 42 posts Bronze Bronze GB
Monday, 1 May 2017
P
Paul
9:11 PM

Unable to obtain Grenada in CH63 area
built in freeview on a Philips TV

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Paul's 1 post GB
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StevensOnln1
11:14 PM

Paul : Please provide a full postcode so we can see the signal prediction for your exact location. Half a postcode covers a wide area and doesn't give us enough information to offer any meaningful advice.

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StevensOnln1's 693 posts Gold Gold GB
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
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Anthony powell
9:25 PM

The picture on some of my channels keeps breaking up and loosing sound. E4, more 4, quest etc. The main channels inc hd Ones are ok. I have had the aerial and wire replaced on my chimney but no different. Postcode Bl79jw.

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Anthony powell's 1 post GB
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MikeB
10:18 PM

Anthony powell: According to that postcode, you are just 6KM(!) from Winter Hill - which means you barely need an aerial at all!

Check your signal level, because its probably off the chart, and then look for 'too much of a good thing' on this website. I'm just surprised that whoever replaced the cabling on your chimney didn't mention high signal strength.

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MikeB's 2,153 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Thursday, 1 June 2017
R
Roy white
3:26 PM

Ok have 4 TVs Fromm one roof aerial thro a booster. 3 TVs no problem but on the 4th I can not get BBC north west only BBC Wales, and ideas please. My post code is L31 4 ED

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Friday, 2 June 2017
G
gordy
7:51 AM

No signal through an antenna this morning... is there a problem with the transmitter? I am in Walkden near Bolton.

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MikeP
10:45 AM

Roy White:

You need to manually retune the fourth TV so it gets BBC North West instead of BBC Wales.

Both LLanddona and Moel-y-parc are possibly receivable from your location, though they are in a very different direction. The BBCA mulitplex (which includes the regional BBC services) is on the channel 50 multiplex from Winter Hill, on the channel 57 multiplex from LLaddona and on the channel 45 multiplex from Moel-y-parc, As an autotune will pick up the lower channel multiplexes first, you need to do a manual retune to set the TV to get the channel 50 multiplex. That should restore BBC North West.



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MikeP's 1,449 posts Gold Gold GB
MikeP
10:51 AM

gordy:

We need a full post code so we can check which transmitter you might be using. However, there are no reports currently of problem at any transmitter in your area.

Please check all your signal cables and their connections. A faulty/poor connection can cause the problem you report.



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MikeP's 1,449 posts Gold Gold GB
Sunday, 18 June 2017
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Betamax_man
5:38 PM

Briantist can we please have the above posts removed as inappropriate content.

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