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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Winter Hill (Bolton, England) mast?

Winter Hill transmitter - Winter Hill transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 02/10/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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

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-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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 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),

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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, 109 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! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 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, 63 GREAT! romance 1, 77 That's 60s MCR, 80 That's 70s MCR, 86 That's 80s 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?

regional news image
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?

1956-80s1984-971997-981998-20092009-132013-182013-1720 Feb 2020
C49tv_off ArqAArqA
C50tv_off BBCABBCA

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
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 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, 22 December 2014
11:09 AM

Frequency of fault varies and I haven't watched com 7 much recently, maybe once an hour but you can go a long time with no problems. I always record Film review from BBC News HD at 17.45 on a Friday, last week there was a bit of pixilation but not before or since.

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anthony's 18 posts GB flag
11:15 AM

I should have said the fault on Film Review was two weeks ago.

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anthony's 18 posts GB flag
12:27 PM

I've changed my monika from "Mike" to "Mike42" to avoid confusion with the others. I was one of the early complainers about this problem, which is still very apparent here on the Fylde coast. I record quite a few programmes on BBC4HD and it is now quite rare to have a clear recording. Almost every file has a "failed recording due to signal loss" flag, although the Humax does actually complete the recording with the glitches included. The second episode about Quantum Mechanics had four glitches in the hour which was very irritating.
As others have stated, observing the signal meters during a glitch shows a complete switch-off of signal and quality, followed by complete recovery and perfectly good signal/quality for several minutes: the timing appears to be random .

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paul clement
2:06 PM

I get dropouts on quite a few channels(no signal) several times during the evening on freeview, but also have pixelating problems with my virgin TiVo feed, especially on bbc4 broadcasts. I purchased a signal booster box with a 4g filter, but this doesn't seemed to have helped. Any suggestions? I live in the Wirral area ch45

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paul clement's 2 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 23 December 2014
11:18 AM

Problems on Virgin are I assume due to a fault on their network and should be reported to them. Ch 45 is the BBC SD service from Moel-y-Parc.

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Wednesday, 24 December 2014
Geoff Riley
4:25 PM

Ch55 ARQ-B seems to be off-air. All other (receiveable) channels are fine as far as I can tell. There are no faults listed against Winter Hill though, so it's either a slow day or no-one's wanting to watch Yesterday or 4seven today.

External wall mounted aerial in direct line of site of transmitter - only a large hawthorn tree is the possible 'obstruction.' Full reset procedure followed etc.

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Monday, 29 December 2014
8:43 AM

I noticed today 29/12/2014 that the Pick and Dave channels flagged NO SERVICE. So I did a retune to refresh. When the refresh was complete. All the BBC channels were missing and the majority of the other channels were a poor signal 1-4 quality. The areial I use is good. Is there a problem with the Winter Hill transmitter?

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H J Hill
10:36 AM


On Sunday evening (28 Dec) I had trouble with several of the multiplexes (e.g. the one carrying Yesterday and Aljazeera English (SD); and the one carrying HD BBC1 BBC2 ITV1 etc) and COM7.

As best I can determine, several multiplexes are on reduced power. This causes my (reasonably new Panasonic) TV to give "No Service"; but the PVR (also Panasonic and the same recent age) delivers everything. My old Sony (not HD) is also coping with the reduced power.

I'm resisting the temptation to rescan the Pana TV for fear of losing everything.

Anybody would think Winter Hill was a local relay serving a couple of villages and some cow sheds, it's so unreliable.

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11:32 AM

I have been out working today winter hill is fine no problems look a little closer to home for your problems.

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mazbar's 384 posts GB flag
5:00 PM

Don't rescan, good quality TVs don't forget stations you will only loose stations and have to rescan later to get them back. Sounds like a poor connection etc.

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