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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.

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Which Freeview channels does the Winter Hill 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.

 H max
C32 (562.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) North West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

 H max
C34 (578.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
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3 ITV (SD) (Granada), 4 Channel 4 (SD) North ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Granada),

 H max
C35- (585.8MHz)726mDTG-6100,000W
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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, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 31 Paramount Network, 34 ITV3 +1, 40 Sony Movies Action, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 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 18 others

 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 28 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movies, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 45 Film4 +1, 46 Challenge, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 76 Quest +1, 78 Now 90s, 88 Together, 233 Sky News, plus 7 others

 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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25 Yesterday, 29 4Music, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 HGTV, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 91 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 17 others

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

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

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

 H -5.9dB
C55 (746.0MHz)726mDTG-625,700W
Channel icons
56 5USA +1, 67 CBS Reality +1, 72 Quest Red +1, 74 Shopping Quarter , 86 More4 +1, 92 Pick +1, 94 Paramount Network +1, 107 BBC News HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, plus 2 others

 H -6.5dB
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-622,600W
Channel icons
55 5STAR +1, 64 FreeSports HD, 69 CBS Justice +1, 83 NOW 80s, 89 Together TV +1, 93 PBS America +1, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
Channel icons
62 Sony Movies Classic +1, 82 Clubland TV, 87 Spotlight TV, 208 POP MAX,

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 (139°)
to BBC North West region - 92 masts.
regional news image
ITV Granada Reports 3.1m homes 11.6%
from Salford M50 2EQ, 22km southeast (139°)
to ITV Granada region - 80 masts.

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

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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 4 Nov 09 and 2 Dec 09.

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.

Monday, 16 May 2011

11:23 AM

mcwright: "10 out of 10" for your signal strength often idicates you have too strong a signal.

If you have an amplifier or booster, you should remove it from your system.

Otherwise, please see Single frequency interference | - independent free digital TV advice as there is no engineering work (it would be listed at the top of the page).

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Briantist's 38,846 posts GB
David Hardman
1:33 PM

For the last few days we have had piture quality problems with freeview.<It always seems to be this time of year,every year.At first we had problems with all BBc channels with an outdoor aerial. Now we have switched to a loft aerial and now we get a great picture with BBC1,2,granada,C4 and C5 but really poor <unwatchable> quality with all other freeview channels. A booster was used with the outside aerial but not with the indoor one. Could all this windy weather be having an affect ?

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David Hardman's 2 posts GB

5:27 PM

David Hardman: It is very unlikely to be wind, the most common problem at this time of year is trees coming into leaf close to the path between the transmitter and your aerial.

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Briantist's 38,846 posts GB
10:55 PM

Can someone please tell me the KHZ number i should put in my tv for winter hill. im tuned in to wales and i loose bbc regularly and think i need to retune to winter hill manually. thanks

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jen's 1 post GB
Tuesday, 17 May 2011

8:52 AM

jen: Please see Digital Region Overlap | - independent free digital TV advice .
Frequencies are listed at the top of the page.

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Briantist's 38,846 posts GB
Thursday, 19 May 2011

10:14 PM

I think the lighning was in the Winter Hill area not the Macclesfield area, so no need to unplug the aerial here. Anyway no worries now, as I used my hard drive box editing skills to insert a bit of the BBC THREE Friday repeat of Dr Who, so the green blocks ruining Doctor Who are no more (deleted into the digital trash can). Not a bad job though I say so myself. The only spoiler is the two or three seconds of PINK logo which I can live with. I just love the versitility of the TOSHIBA bos's editing facility.

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Nedbod's 619 posts GB
Friday, 20 May 2011

4:01 PM

Or even the TOSHIBA box's editing facility.

I must go an a typing course :-)))

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Nedbod's 619 posts GB
Thursday, 2 June 2011
Chris Rimmer
10:30 AM

I am a TV service engineer and have had an odd problem since April. I had 3 customers reporting problems on ITV. In all 3 cases the TVs were Beko models of about 2.5 years old. You could watch any BBC channel all day but after a few moments on an ITV channel the picture would freeze and the set would lock up (crash). The set needed to be switched off at the power to reset. I of course suspected a signal problem so took the first one in to my workshop to test on my aerial and found that the same thing happened. My only quick remedy was to add a Freeview box, which then gave perfect results on ITV in all 3 cases. I now have the same problem on a similar aged Grundig made by another of the Turkish manufacturers, Profilo.
I would like to know of other people with this problem and what may bem causing it as in all cases everything was OK until April, 14 months after DSO.

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Chris Rimmer's 5 posts GB
Friday, 3 June 2011
2:47 PM

BB9 6EX My ariel is fitted on the roof.

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May's 1 post GB
Mike Dimmick

4:45 PM

May: At 32km distance from a very high-power transmitter, it's quite likely that your problem is due to too much signal. If you have an amplifier, try removing it.

Another possibility is that even though your aerial points to Winter Hill, it picks up enough signal from the Pendle Forest transmitter for the box to detect that, although not enough to be usable. Older boxes use the first signals they find, rather than the strongest version. There should be a status screen somewhere in the menus which tells you which radio channel it's tuned in to. If in the C21 to C28 range, it's picked up Pendle Forest.

Also check whether there's a better version of the channels somewhere else in the programme guide - typically at around 800. If so, again it has probably tuned in Pendle Forest rather than Winter Hill.

To correct this, delete all the channels and manually tune in using the frequencies at the top of the page. If your box or TV has an automatic retuning function, turn it off.

You will need to redo this every time that the box needs retuning - whenever new channels are added, and when the retune to clear C61 and C62 happens (probably some time next year).

See also Digital Region Overlap for some more suggestions.

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