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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

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C34 (578.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
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3 ITV (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, 25 ITV4, 29 E4 +1, 34 ITV +1 (Granada),

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C35- (585.8MHz)726mDTG-6100,000W
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72 Shopping Quarter , 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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 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 28 ITV2 +1, 31 5STAR, 32 Paramount Network, 41 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 55 5SELECT, 57 ITVBe +1, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 73 Drama +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

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C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 30 4Music, 35 pick, 39 Quest Red, 42 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 56 Smithsonian Channel, 69 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 82 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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23 Dave ja vu, 26 Yesterday, 33 GREAT! movies, 38 DMAX, 40 CBS Justice, 43 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 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
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from 1st October 2014: 7 That's Lancashire,

 H -5.9dB
C55 (746.0MHz)726mDTG-625,700W
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 Together TV +1,  Merit, 64 FreeSports, 70 Quest Red +1, 76 Now 70s, 86 More4 +1, 87 PBS America +1, 89 Court TV, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
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 Spotlight TV, 62 GREAT! movies classic 1, 75 NOW 80s, 78 Now 90s, 79 Clubland TV, 88 Country Music Entertainment , 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?

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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?

1956-80s1984-971997-981998-20092009-132013-182013-1720 Feb 2020
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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, 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
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
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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Mike42's 4 posts GB
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
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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anthony's 18 posts GB
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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Geoff Riley's 1 post EU
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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Will's 3 posts GB
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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H J Hill's 17 posts GB

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 382 posts GB
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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anthony's 18 posts GB
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