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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 27/05/2024 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?

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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
Channel icons
 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?

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?

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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.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

12:42 AM

js: Thanks for that info, as I wasn't aware of this issue being experienced elsewhere, and although I didn't mention it as such, I do have suspicions with regards to the problem being caused by an error in the data being sent out by the programme provider, which might be the case, as the link on digital spy is referring to the programme being received via Foxsat box, whereas Linda is using a Freeview device.

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10:36 AM

js: Further to that said in my previous reply which was based on the link provided by your good self, I decided to carry out a test on my own Humax PVR's (Freesat & Freeview) by setting them to record the programme in question for next week, however, subsequent checking the results of giving me doubts as to exactly what will be recorded, that is, the first 25 minutes or the entire programme, as explained below.

The programme guide on my HD FOXSAT HDR showed the usual of the news gap between the two parts of the programme, pressing on the first part of "This Morning" then in the reservation box selecting "series record", this then marking both sections of the programme for recording, minus the news.

However, this being the point, when checking "programmes scheduled for recording" only the first 25 minutes part of the programme was listed and not the entire programme, this result being exactly the same in Freeview PVR, an older Humax 9300T.

This apparently creating the situation whereby to guarantee that the programme will be recorded in its entirety, rather than clicking series recording, the two parts of the programme will have to be selected as individuals, in other words, series recording does not work where there is a gap between programmes, this obviously being Linda's problem.

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3:04 PM

Is 91 percent tv quality and 50 percent strench good . on freeview .from a indoor aerial

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3:12 PM

js: Update. Without wishing to be going on about the difficulty involved with trying to record split programmes on Humax devices, whether they be Freesat or Freeview, I have now tried a multitude of programming permutations since my earlier posting, but failed to find any way of overcoming the problem, as although red markers were seen on the first and second parts of the programme in the guide, only the first part appeared in the recording schedule list, that being 25minutes.

This would appear to be purely a Humax problem, as I decided to fetch and old Hitachi (Vestel chassis) Freeview box from my loft and give it a try, the result of being absolutely trouble free, as both parts of the programme were listed in the scheduled recording list.

Time allowing, I may decide to contact Humax about this problem, although I cant help but feel, that they will already be aware of it.

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3:17 PM

Jack : Basically yes, that is provided that its consistent when viewed over a couple of minutes or so, this being particularly important as far as the quality indication is concerned.

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11:19 PM

jb38: Thanks. I take it that "programme" (item) rather than "series" record works, although to be sure we will have to wait and see.

With regard to having to select both parts see:….pdf
11.3 Split Recording Usage Example
It is possible to split a programme (a movie, sport events etc) into several parts and still signalize that they all belong to same PVR programme event. This split could be for example due to a slightly longer news break in a movie or that the programme has to be continued on another service.
As long as all programme parts of a split programme has:
- same programme CRID,
- all includes an Instance Metadata Identifier (IMI) extension and
- the gap is less than 3 hours
The NorDig PVR is required to record all parts, after the user has programmed any of the parts to be recorded. (The NorDig PVR is supposed to merge these parts as one and the same record entity for the user in its list of recordings)
Source: DTG D-Book 6.2.1 and NorDig Unified Specification

That a programme is split is signalled by a "#" character terminating the item CRID.

"CRID is terminated by a "#" character which is followed immediately by the IMI" - ETSI TS 102 323 V1.5.1 (2012-01)

I put some code in my EIT parser to dump a list of all split programmes.

"This Morning" is the only TV programme at present which is both split and has series CRIDs

service_name = "ITV"
onid.tsid.sid = 9018.8203.8267 = 233A.200B.204B
default_authority = ""
programme = "This Morning"
crid = "/172971489#1", item, dates: Mon 29 Jun 10:30, Mon 29 Jun 11:00
crid = "/18081854", series, dates: Mon 29 Jun 10:30, Mon 29 Jun 11:00, Tue 30 Jun 10:30, Tue 30 Jun 11:00, Wed 01 Jul 10:30, Wed 01 Jul 11:00, Thu 02 Jul 10:30, Thu 02 Jul 11:00, Fri 03 Jul 10:30, Fri 03 Jul 11:00
crid = "/172971491#1", item, dates: Tue 30 Jun 10:30, Tue 30 Jun 11:00
crid = "/172971497#1", item, dates: Wed 01 Jul 10:30, Wed 01 Jul 11:00
crid = "/172971501#1", item, dates: Thu 02 Jul 10:30, Thu 02 Jul 11:00
crid = "/172971570#1", item, dates: Fri 03 Jul 10:30, Fri 03 Jul 11:00

There are, however, these radio programmes:

service_name = "BBC R1X"
onid.tsid.sid = 9018.4168.5888 = 233A.1048.1700
default_authority = ""
programme = "Charlie Sloth"
crid = "/D0NT7Q#1", item, dates: Mon 29 Jun 16:00, Mon 29 Jun 18:00
crid = "/L4S33R", series, dates: Mon 29 Jun 16:00, Mon 29 Jun 18:00, Tue 30 Jun 16:00, Tue 30 Jun 18:00, Wed 01 Jul 16:00, Wed 01 Jul 18:00, Thu 02 Jul 16:00, Thu 02 Jul 18:00, Fri 03 Jul 16:00, Fri 03 Jul 18:00
crid = "/D0NT88#1", item, dates: Tue 30 Jun 16:00, Tue 30 Jun 18:00
crid = "/D0NT8D#1", item, dates: Wed 01 Jul 16:00, Wed 01 Jul 18:00
crid = "/D0NT8F#1", item, dates: Thu 02 Jul 16:00, Thu 02 Jul 18:00
crid = "/D0NT8T#1", item, dates: Fri 03 Jul 16:00, Fri 03 Jul 18:00

service_name = "BBC Radio 1"
onid.tsid.sid = 9018.4168.6720 = 233A.1048.1A40
default_authority = ""
programme = "Greg James"
crid = "/D0NIJD#1", item, dates: Mon 29 Jun 16:00, Mon 29 Jun 18:00
crid = "/KOYKLK", series, dates: Mon 29 Jun 16:00, Mon 29 Jun 18:00, Tue 30 Jun 16:00, Tue 30 Jun 18:00, Wed 01 Jul 16:00, Wed 01 Jul 18:00, Thu 02 Jul 16:00, Thu 02 Jul 18:00
crid = "/D0NIOA#1", item, dates: Tue 30 Jun 16:00, Tue 30 Jun 18:00
crid = "/D0NISW#1", item, dates: Wed 01 Jul 16:00, Wed 01 Jul 18:00
crid = "/D0NIV8#1", item, dates: Thu 02 Jul 16:00, Thu 02 Jul 18:00

The full list of split programmes from Winter Hill for the coming week is here:

North West SPLITS 2015 06 27 202641 -

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js's 827 posts GB flag
Sunday, 28 June 2015
12:17 PM

jb38 and js,thank you for so many suggestions....I feel "better" now that js has had same problem. I do not have a problem with recording any other prog, split or not. I haven't had time to do a full factory default, but when I have I will report the outcome...however I really feel it will not solve the problem and that it is a humax fault!!! By the way jb38, I do have a hd ready tv, but c54 comes up blank when I do manual reset so I have to skip that number. thanks again.

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11:44 PM

Linda: Yes, it would certainly appear to be a problem confined purely to Humax boxes, something I, and am sure many other owners of these boxes are / were totally unaware of unless having tried to record a split programme, but though as mentioned to js, I will be interested to see /hear what Humax has to say about this, as I fully intend to contact them about it.

With regards to carrying out a factory reset, please disregard that said, as now its known that the problem is caused by a software problem, resetting the box will not make any difference to the situation.

By the way, a TV (or box) stating that its HD ready does not mean that it can receive HD transmissions, only that the the screen fitted into the set is capable of displaying an HD image, that is, if its fed into it from an external HD source connected into it via an HDMI jumper lead.

On the subject of HD, if you have the manual for your TV? in the specifications section look under tuner, equipment capable of receiving HD transmissions is listed as having a DVB-T2 tuner, DVB-T only being SD.

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Monday, 29 June 2015

12:44 AM

js: Downloaded the link for the NorDig PDF file relating to the specs for PVR's, the content of being something which Humax brand devices would appear not to be fully complying with.

On the subject of "programme item" rather than series, I have found it impossible to set the PVR's (Sat and Freeview) to record the second part, as although the guide suggests that both parts are by them being marked in red, the programme schedule list still only indicates the first 25 minutes.

However, I have set three of my PVR's to record this programme tomorrow, and so will give an update late tomorrow evening on the results.

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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

12:48 PM

Linda ; Further to that said, please disregard my previous comment on factory reset not really making any difference to your problem, as having now experienced similar problems to yourself when attempting to set this programme for recording, i.e: programme clash warnings / being referred to another channel that the programme isn't actually on etc, its best that you "do" carry out a factory reset to clear all stored in the tuners memory system, as although maybe not being indicated, there just has to be, and which is responsible for these clash warnings.

Once factory reset has been completed carry out another manual retune, this followed by going into the programme guide list and selecting "This Morning" for recording by pressing only on the "first" part of the programme, which is then marked in red, the second part being "automatically" marked in red a few seconds later, although if checked in the "scheduled for recording" list only the first part of the programme lasting 25 minutes will be seen, this being the main cause of confusion, as the box will (or should) have the entire programme logged for recording, subsequently witnessed by "both" parts being (hopefully!) seen in "recorded programmes" on completion of recording.

You will of course have to select each listing individually to view the programme, as the box treats "This Morning" as two programmes, albeit with the second part being invisible unless viewed in the guide list, or until appearing in recorded programmes.

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