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 problemsThe BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Winter Hill (Bolton, England) transmitter.
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.
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 601 BBC RB 1, 700 BBC Radio 1, 701 BBC Radio 1Xtra, 702 BBC Radio 2, 703 BBC Radio 3, 704 BBC Radio 4 (FM), 705 BBC Radio 5 Live, 706 BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, 707 BBC Radio 6 Music, 708 BBC Radio 4 Extra, 709 BBC Asian Network, 710 BBC World Service, 719 BBC Manchester (BBC local radio), 720 BBC Lancashire (BBC local radio), 721 BBC Cumbria (BBC local radio), 722 BBC Merseyside (BBC local radio), 726 BBC Stoke (BBC local radio),
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),
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 66 TBN UK,
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 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others VisionTV, Racing TV, Arise News, Kiss Chat & Date, Proud Dating, ADULT Xpanded2, WION NEWS, 16 QVC, 22 TJC, 37 QVC2, 212 Pop Player, 237 TalkTV, 263 SonLife, 264 FailArmy, 265 On Demand 365, 266 Pet Collective, 268 AlJazeera Arabic, 270 Real Crime, 271 Channelbox, 272 Asharq News #2, 274 Asharq News, 275 Al Arabiya, 276 Shots!, 277 UK RADIO PORTAL, 278 Zee World, 279 Alaraby Network, 280 Rok, 281 Revelation TV, 282 God TV, 283 3ABN, 284 AmazingDiscoveries, 286 NHK WORLD, 287 Newsmax, 670 ADULT Section (start), 727 Absolute Radio,
Smithsonian Channel, 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 Christmas, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others CRAFT EXTRA , 45 Gems TV, 85 Create & Craft, 673 ADULT smileTV3, 723 talkSPORT, 724 Capital, 728 Heart, 730 RNIB Connect, 731 Classic FM, 732 LBC, 733 Trans World Radio,
Quest Red +1, Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 others ADULT smileTV2, ADULT Studio 66, QVC Style, 50 GREAT! tv, 51 Ideal World, 62 GREAT! tv +1, 72 Jewellery Maker, 285 Together TV +1, 671 ADULT Xpanded TV, 674 ADULT Babestn, 699 ADULT Section, 711 Hits Radio, 712 KISS FRESH, 713 KISS, 714 KISSTORY, 715 Magic, 716 Greatest Hits Radio, 717 Kerrang!, 718 Smooth Radio, 725 Premier Radio,
from 1st October 2014: 7 That's Manchester,
from 30th June 2014: 7 Bay TV Liverpool,
from 1st October 2014: 7 That's Lancashire,
Now 90s, Spotlight TV, Clubland TV, Country Music Entertainment , Classic Hits MCR, 76 That's Christmas MCR, 77 That's 60s MCR, 80 Best Xmas Music, 86 That's 90s MCR, 88 TV Warehouse+1,
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?
BBC North West Tonight 3.1m homes 11.8%
from Salford M50 2QH, 22km southeast (140°)
to BBC North West region - 92 masts.
How will the Winter Hill (Bolton, England) transmission frequencies change over time?
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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?
|SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB||(-7dB) 100kW|
|Analogue 5||(-16dB) 12.5kW|
|Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*||(-17dB) 10kW|
|GIM, LM, LPR||(-27dB) 1000W|
Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Winter Hill transmitter area
For DVB-T, the NIT contains Terrestrial Delivery System descriptors which give the transmission parameters for each multiplex.
centre_frequency = 706000
bandwidth = 8 MHz
constellation = 64-QAM
transmission_mode = 8k
code_rate = 2/3
guard_interval = 1/32
from which the theoretical bitrate is found to be 24128342 bps.
On UK DTT, in the case of a T2 multiplex, the so called "T2 Delivery System" descriptor is just three bytes.
plp_id = 00
T2_system_id = 402A
No transmission parameters are given so the theoretical bitrate is unknown. Not even the transmission frequency. Utterly Useless.
The measured bitrates are generally close to the theoretical bitrates:
Multiplex: Measured Bitrate, Theoretical Bitrate
COM 7: 40200022, unknown
COM 8: 40200018, unknown
Arqiva A: 27144380, 27144385
BBC A: 24128332, 24128342
BBC B: 40214633, unknown
Arqiva B: 27144381, 27144385
LocalMux2: 9048132, 9048128
LocalMux: 18096364, 18096257
SDN: 27144349, 27144385
D3&4: 24128338, 24128342
In ETSI TS 102 831 V1.2.1
Implementation guidelines for a second generation digital terrestrial television broadcasting system (DVB-T2)
Table 17: Maximum bit-rate and recommended configurations for 8 MHz, 32 K 1/128, PP7
Modulation = 256-QAM
Code rate = 2/3
Frame length = 60
FEC blocks per frame = 202
gives a Theoretical Bitrate of 40214645 bps, which is very close to the Measured BBC B bitrate of 40214633 bps.
Does anyone know of a T2 parameter set which matches the COM 7 and COM 8 Measured Bitrates?
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we are having serious problems receiving HD Freeview from Winterhill transmitter.
This has been getting worse in the last couple of weeks.
SD Freeview is OK on all channels but HD is very low less than 20% and at the moment 0 and the bit rate error is 2000 using the data on the TV menue for picture quality.
There is today no reception of any of the HD signal channels 101.... etc.
Is there a problem at the transmitter? My Aerial is physically OK and there is also a functional Mast head amp which has been fitted for many years. This seems to be in working order.
Can you tell me if there is a problem at the transmitter?
J V Gethic
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J V Gethic: We need a postcode, the transmitter your actually tuned to, and an idea of what the signal strength of the other SD channels are like.
Also worth checking your system - if the signal is degraded, then its your system which is probably at fault - corrosion, frayed cable, or a failing amp might all be the issue.
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The former Channel M multiplex has been running without Service Information tables since at least the 19th April.
Consequently, the services have no names or numbers on that multiplex. No Service Description Table = no names. No Network Information Table = no LCNs
If the services are already present on a device, the only obvious effect will be lack of EPG from that multiplex.
On my LG telly, no services were found on a manual scan of UHF 57 even though the services were present in the service list, with their correct names, on their correct numbers and playing perfectly.
The EPG and complete service list (names and numbers) are carried on each multiplex, so the information is available - in principle. In practice, most devices (like my telly) only read the data from the current multiplex.
This information, for example, emanates from the BBC A multiplex:
762 MHz, UHF 57, 8 MHz, 16-QAM, 8k, 3/4, 1/32
54 Heart TV
56 CAPITAL TV
60 FIRE HIT TV
67 Chart Show TV
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WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 11:27 today to 12:05 today. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 11:34 today to 12:04 today, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 11:34 today to 12:04 today, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 11:34 today to 12:04 today, Radio 4 FM [BBC] MainPossible weak signal [DUK]
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