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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?

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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.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

10:10 AM

All winter hills channels are at normal levels here in SW Manchester. Your aerial may have been damaged in the recent storms, check with your neighbours if they have any problems and check your cables are plugged in securely.

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anthony's 58 posts GB flag
Friday, 19 February 2016
mr jim benbow
8:40 AM

my signal is very good on 4 channels but on channel 55 the strenth is 58 and quality is 44 but on channel 58 the strenth is 70 but the quality is 0 which is causing the picture to break up and is unwatchable the oher 4 bands show a strong 90 strength and 70~80 % quality as 4 are good and 2 bad i would be very gratefull of any advice you could offer is it possible the problem could be with the tv itself in some way it is a 32 inch lg connected to an aerial only i can not see it as an aerial problem if the other channels ar ok 0ur post code is ch2 4qb

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Tuesday, 23 February 2016
H J Hill
2:23 PM

The UHF58 problem of high strength but zero quality suggests radio-frequency interference pickup.

I had a similar problem with UHF32 and 37. It turned out to be the HDMI cable between my pvr and tv. Even with the pvr on stand-by there must have been information going up/down the HDMI which radiated and was being picked up by the aerial lead. (The HDMI sockets are adjacent to the aerial socet on my tv). I solved the problem with better screened RF coax cables from the wall plate to the various tv/pvr items; and a better screened HDMI cable between pvr and tv. The thin, flexible aerial cables (as sold in shops) are badly screened, in my experience.

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Thursday, 25 February 2016
R Hart
9:06 AM

SY21 8RT
Reception problems on Chanel 50 and 49 picture and audio break up .
Chanel 59 full signal and no problems . Problem started about a week ago and has been continuous .
Have had problems in the number of years I have used this transmitter but they have never lasted this length of time before .

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10:27 PM

R Hart:

The mapping shows you as using the Long Mountain transmitter and not that at Winter Hill. Long Mountian is shown as having maintenance work curreintly and thay mau well account for your currently reception problems.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 1 March 2016
9:19 AM

Why I can't get tiny pop channel on my freeview ? I am in wa14.

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Sylwia's 1 post GB flag
Friday, 4 March 2016
3:25 PM

Are there any issues today 3rd March 2016 transmitting from Winter Hill? My signal on the Wirral has dropped significantly post code CH470NE?

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Dewi's 1 post GB flag

8:15 PM

Treated myself to a new toy: August DVB-T210 - HD Freeview USB TV Tuner - External DVB-T2

August DVB-T210 - HD Freeview USB TV Tuner - External DVB-T2 Digital Television Receiver and PVR Style Recorder - WINTV Dongle for High Definition PCTV - Desktop and Laptop Compatible Stick for Windows 10, 8, 7 / Vista / XP: Computers & Accessories

My aim was to get a (cheap) T2 device compatible with CrazyScan2:

CrazyScan download |

CrazyScan2 is a DTT Spectrum analyser that draws Constellation Diagrams and shows RF Level and Signal to Noise in dB.

I had read that the August DVB-T210 was equivalent to the Geniatech T230, which is fully supported (RFScan2, SignalInfo2, and IQScan2) when using the fixed Geniatech BDA driver found here:

CrazyScan / Wiki / Info

I always wondered if I might be able, with a bit higher signal, to get some other multiplexes than those from Winter Hill.

Now, using CrazyScan2, I can see that is not possible, at least without pointing the aerial somewhere else.

Here is a picture showing CrazyScan2 and the August DVB-T210 in action:

Note I'm using a fair sized 'contract' C/D aerial located in the loft, got from Wizard for three squid twenty or more years ago.


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js's 827 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 23 March 2016
Moira Cottam
2:29 AM

23rd March 2016
Can I ask what has happened to channel 82 True Movies? It just seems to have gone completely! I can't believe you've taken it away to give us true crimes! Please give us it back.

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7:16 AM

There were changes to the Winter Hill multiplexes.

Insight Radio was renamed to RNIB Connect on Arqiva A

Chart Show TV changed LCN from 060 to 085 on GIM

True Movies 1 was added on LCN 082 to GIM

POP+1 changed LCN from 127 to 128 on GIM

Tiny Pop+1 changed LCN from 128 to 129 on GIM

082 True Movies 1 was removed from the local multiplexes for Liverpool, Manchester and Lancashire

060 True Crime was added to the local multiplexes for Liverpool, Manchester and Lancashire

127 Kix was added to the local multiplexes for Liverpool, Manchester and Lancashire

Bitrates for the multiplexes with added services:

Video Bitrate (Mbps) sampled at 31 <= dPCR <= 62 ms intervals over 10 seconds for Manchester Local Multiplex (23/03/2016 04:59:23)
maximum | minimum | average | service_name
02.060 | 01.945 | 02.000 | POP
02.585 | 02.410 | 02.500 | True Crime
02.585 | 02.421 | 02.500 | That's Manchester
00.532 | 00.465 | 00.499 | Kix
00.783 | 00.000 | 00.134 | Null Packets
01.707 | 00.713 | 01.415 | All Other Streams
09.048 | 09.048 | 09.048 | TS Bitrate

Kix was showing a static placard with message: 'CHECK BACK HERE ON 7th APRIL TO SEE A BRAND NEW KIDS CHANNEL'

Video Bitrate (Mbps) sampled at 32 <= dPCR <= 65 ms intervals over 15 seconds for GIM (23/03/2016 05:13:52)
maximum | minimum | average | service_name
00.608 | 00.000 | 00.387 | POP+1
00.813 | 00.000 | 00.555 | Tiny Pop+1
01.669 | 01.176 | 01.419 | ShowBiz TV
02.905 | 02.380 | 02.573 | mov4men+1
03.314 | 01.369 | 01.898 | Chart Show TV
01.884 | 01.020 | 01.466 | Heart TV
02.526 | 01.192 | 01.872 | CAPITAL TV
01.238 | 00.752 | 00.953 | True Movies 1
05.478 | 01.801 | 03.715 | Null Packets
04.212 | 02.234 | 03.258 | All Other Streams
18.097 | 18.096 | 18.096 | TS Bitrate

POP+1 and Tiny Pop+1 were showing static 'programmes start at' placards

The current Relocated Services list:

service_name relocated from multiplex_name (TSID) to multiplex_name (TSID)

CBS Drama relocated from SDN (3005) to Arqiva B (6040)
CBS Drama relocated from SDN (3006) to Arqiva B (6040)
CBS Drama relocated from SDN (3007) to Arqiva B (6040)
CBS Drama relocated from SDN (3008) to Arqiva B (6040)
mov4men+1 relocated from COM7 (A000) to GIM (7401)
mov4men+1 relocated from COM7 (A001) to GIM (7401)
True Movies 1 relocated from Local Multiplex (800B) to GIM (7401)
True Movies 1 relocated from Local Multiplex (800D) to GIM (7401)

Why is there no entry for the Liverpool Local Multiplex? This:

True Movies 1 relocated from Local Multiplex (8008) to GIM (7401)

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