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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?

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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.

 H max
C32 (562.0MHz)726mDTG-100,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) North West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 17 others

 H max
C34 (578.0MHz)726mDTG-100,000W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Granada), 4 Channel 4 (SD) North ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Granada),

 H max
C35- (585.8MHz)726mDTG-100,000W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD North West, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD North ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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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 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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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

 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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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), 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

 H -20dB
C40 (626.0MHz)572mDTG-121,000W
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from 1st October 2014: 7 That's Manchester,

 H -17dB
C24 (498.0MHz)572mDTG-122,000W
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from 30th June 2014: 7 Bay TV Liverpool,

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

 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
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 Now 90s,  Spotlight TV,  Clubland TV,  Country Music Entertainment ,  Classic Hits MCR, 76 That's TV 2 MCR, 77 That's 60s MCR, 80 That's 80s, 86 That's 90s MCR, 88 TV Warehouse+1,

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?

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BBC North West Tonight 3.1m homes 11.8%
from Salford M50 2QH, 22km southeast (140°)
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.

Friday, 29 August 2014
Ian Fitter
5:10 PM

Stuart Owens: Yes, typo on my part I meant Liverpool (LL). Still the wrong mux for our area.

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Tuesday, 9 September 2014
daniel clapham
6:37 PM

are freeview ever going to get lot more channels after the retune on 3 ard of September in November December and are freeview going to get uk tv gold as it use to be as gold for people like old programmes we got drama channel which is very good and they should have gold on freeview so people can get gold free you don't need to pay for gold that shows blackadder and old bbc1 programmes and old itv programmes and that it be good id they did have a gold channel on freeview 23 or 27 from Daniel Clapham

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Stuart Owens

11:41 PM

I wish people would use punctuation and capital letters to start a sentence. Hard to tell the end of one and the start of another without full stops. For those of us with a better grasp of English grammar, I think this is what Daniel Clapham was saying though no need to mention Gold quite so many times in one sentence or post I feel: Are Freeview ever going to get more channels after the retune on 3rd of September in November and December? And are Freeview going to get UK TV Gold as it use to be as Gold as people like old programmes. We have got Drama channel which is very good and they should have Gold on Freeview so people can get Gold free as you don't need to pay for Gold as that shows blackadder and old BBC1 programmes and old ITV programmes and it would be good if they did have a Gold channel on Freeview on EPG channel number 23 or 27. From Daniel Clapham.

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Monday, 15 September 2014
9:37 PM

Stuart Owens. I see that you are with the grammar police the same as me. I think you are slightly more pedantic than myself though. Laughing out loud because I do not like abbreviations. :-)

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Joe's 10 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Ray Wilcock
7:17 PM

23-09 2014 Two of our televisions are stating NO SIGNAL they have been OK until today they are both quite new sets . one TOSHIBA other LG / The question is do we now have to upgrade our ariels there a fault with winter hill.Two of our teles. one on digital and one on the dish are OK. Tel. 01706 822732 Comments please.

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Ray Wilcock's 1 post GB flag

10:27 PM

Ray Wilcock: Why exactly are you putting your telephone number on the internet...?

If both TVs have no signal then there's obviously a common fault - likely in the distribution of the signal - do you have a booster/amplifier/splitter? Less likely is the aerial itself, and even less likely is the transmitter - if there was a fault with Winter Hill this website would have more than just you complaining...

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Michael's 358 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 24 September 2014
David Roberts

6:57 AM

Michael: There aren't any reception problems from Winter Hill,on any of the Mux's,that i am aware of. Ray's problem must lie somewhere between the aerial and what follows it. In the case of tv's,i usually 'factory reset' them,before doing a re-tune. It's also worth pointing out,that the sensitivity of RF Tuner's fitted in tv's does vary between brand/chassis type. If the signal from the aerial or distribution system has dropped,to a marginal level,some receiver's may still work and other's may not!

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David Roberts's 23 posts GB flag
Monday, 13 October 2014
W sass
9:46 PM

I live in up Holland post Coe WN80EP and cannot receive BBC 4HD on channel 106. Can you advise why? I ave a roof aerial

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W sass's 2 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 14 October 2014

10:28 PM

W Sass
Can you watch any of the other HD channels on COM7? Do you have an HD capable receiver that has a DVB-T2 tuner that is able to receive and show all the HD channels?

If you don't have a DVB-T2 equipped TV or set top box then you will not get any HD services.

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014
Mike Davison

12:01 AM

W sass: Postcode check shows Emley Moor possible at your location. Forcing a re-scan but stopping it before any channels are found should clear the Emley channels out. Manual scan of the induvidual channels of Winter Hill above should get you all the channels you may have lost in the earlier auto-tune. An auto scan may actually sort out your problem but only if you are given the country and region options after the scan so that the yorkshire channels can be ignored by your set or relegated to the 800's.

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