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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 29/05/2023 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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Granada),

 H max
C35- (585.8MHz)726mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 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, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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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, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 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
Channel icons
from 1st October 2014: 7 That's Lancashire,

 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
Channel icons
 Spotlight TV,  Now 70s,  Country Music Entertainment , 63 GREAT! movies Christmas 1, 77 NOW 80s, 80 Clubland TV, 87 Now 90s, 91 Classic Hits MCR,

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 (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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C50tv_off BBCABBCA

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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.

Friday, 29 July 2011
arthur roe
2:48 PM
High Peak

Dear Briantist, I am using Ladder Hill,as I said earlier my brother receives Winter Hill at Buxworth[bad reception area] whereas I was in a moderate area when we were all on Winter Hill only.Freesat is the next option. Thank you.

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arthur roe's 2 posts GB

2:59 PM

arthur roe: Moving a short distance can totally change the transmitter you can receive frequencies from, so that is no guide to you I'm afraid.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Friday, 5 August 2011
6:09 PM

Hi there,

I have just moved into a new property in BL1 6EL and I cant seem to get any signal what this area a poor signal area or should it be ok? I have tried the roof aerial and no luck (not sure if its connected as the house was previously cable) and an indoor aerial the Philex SLX digitop amplified one.

Thanks in advance!

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Kieran's 1 post GB
Monday, 8 August 2011

8:59 AM

Kieran: You are in an excellent reception area, so I would check your aerial point is still connected to a rooftop aerial.

Indoor areas are unsuitable for reliable Freeview reception.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Friday, 19 August 2011
Charlie Carruthers
5:53 PM

Dear Briantist. COM6 ArqB is "very low" at 1000watts. As an Ashton-in-Makerfield viewer with a piddling, but otherwise efficient, indoor aerial I look forward to its power increase which you informed me about a year ago would go at fullest capacity next month. Is this still on schedule? I hope they haven't changed their minds.

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Charlie Carruthers's 12 posts GB
Mike Dimmick

6:24 PM

Charlie Carruthers: It is actually at 12.5kW. It is still scheduled to go up to 100kW on the 21st of September, the same day that the channel clash with Sutton Coldfield is resolved (Sutton Coldfield completes switchover on that date).

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB
Sunday, 21 August 2011
Jean Timms
10:52 AM

Thanks for your help and comments on our lack of channels. I reported it to our housing association. I repeatedly re-tuned one of the televisions but still had no ITV channels. However, on Friday, all the ITV channels miraculously came back so presumably someone had been and sorted the aerial out. Thanks again.

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Jean Timms's 2 posts GB
mrs l jones
11:51 AM

cannot pick up any freeview pragrammes only analogue, but we are able to watvh t v via satelite in the living room, we have replaced the ariel applied a booster and we are not the only ones in our area having problems our postcode is DE110JD. I would be very grateful for any advice that you can give me

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mrs l jones's 1 post GB
4:00 PM

Hi everyone,
ive recently moved into my flat and purchased a new tv with built in freeview.
I noticed that there was no co-ax cable attached to the outside aerial, however there was a co-ax plug on the cable attached to the outside satelitte dish.
I plugged it into the tv's aerial socket and then i used the tv's automatic scan for channels.
i get a very good picture & signal on all channels apart from the bbc channels which sometimes is ok but signal breaks up when its raining.
My mate said that it shouldn't be able to do this unless i have a decoder or have the tv it connected to the outside aerial, so is he right or is there another explanation..?

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Andy's 3 posts GB
8:34 PM

I have just purchased a humax pvr and unable to receive a channels from winter hill.I didnt have any problems with my previous Bush digi box,which was a lot cheaper than the new one.I know i am in a good reception area for Winter Hill so dont understand why i am having such a problem,can any one help me out?

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Sue's 1 post GB
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