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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 15/04/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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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 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 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), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 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
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 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?

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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;
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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.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

7:30 PM

Can't get Bay Tv Liverpool in Chester any more. Postcode CH1 6BE

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andy's 42 posts GB flag
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Thursday, 24 March 2016

12:05 AM

andy: Your location relative to that of the coverage area of Winter Hills L-Liv Multiplex transmitter indicates Chester as being well outside of same, DUK's reception predictor somewhat backing this up by listing reception of this transmitter under the heading of "poor".

As no faults are listed against this station nor is there any engineering work taking place at same, I feel that your problem is simply down to the erratic signal levels frequently experienced with out-of-area reception during changing weather / atmospheric conditions, the signal from the L-Liv Mux having dropped under the level required for reception.

If your TV has a "manual tuning" facility? enter C56/754.00Mhz into the box then pause at this point, do "not" press search etc, as if any signal is being received the level of will be seen on the indicator bars no matter how low it might be. This procedure working on most (although not all) devices.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Robert Lee

10:42 AM

I live in N Wales, 39 miles from Winter Hill with line of sight to the aerial. BayTVLiverpool is received perfectly with signal quality 10 and signal strength 10.

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Robert Lee's 87 posts GB flag

8:32 PM

Robert Lee: Yes, but it has to be appreciated that your location is closer to the extended main lobe of the signal beamed out from Winter Hill, plus the signal path approaching your area does not run close to the ground, this being why DUK's reception predictor indicates your area as having excellent reception from all Muxes.

Andy on the other hand is well short of one of the side lobes of the signal, and which runs close to the ground from around 2 miles out from his location, this making the signal more prone to being affected by the surface of the terrain and what is growing on it, like for instance trees, the likely reason for most aerials seen in the area being mounted on top of high poles.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Monday, 28 March 2016
11:02 AM

Hello . Recenly I got a new panasnoic tv I had a Sony tv before the Sony tv had 60% quality on hd channels and 90% quality on sd channels . But on the new panasnoic tv I can only get 20% quality on hd channels and 45% quality on sd channels. I swapped back to the Sony and there's nothing wrong with the aerail or cable . So whys the Panasonic tuner not pick up the same good signal .

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Jamie's 2 posts GB flag

6:48 PM

Sony signal metering has always been optimistic, 60% quality a Sony is quite poor. You have an aerial problem that the Panasonic is correctly indicating.

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anthony's 58 posts GB flag

6:51 PM

Should read "on a Sony" but this site seems to have no edit facility to correct typing errors.

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anthony's 58 posts GB flag

8:14 PM

Jamie: In my experience, Sony tuners are very sensitive, but also pretty robust - its takes a very high signal level before they break up. Panasonics are also known to be sensitive, but less robust at high signal levels. So Anthony could well be right - the Sony is simply pulling in more signal over a poor connection.

However, whats the Panny you've bought? For the last year, Panasonic have a cheapish line with their name on it, which is actually made by Vestal, who make TV's for loads of other brands. So the Panasonic TV you have might not have an actaul Panasonic tuner in it. But I'd still check your aerial.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
8:28 PM

So you mean my signal may be to high .?

My panasonic tv is 5 years old but dad gave it to me as it's bigger the Sony was only a year old . But the Panasonic tv is plasma and 50 inches .

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Jamie's 2 posts GB flag

10:38 PM

Jamie : No, Anthony is probably right - you've a low signal strength, but the Sony will do its best with the signal its got. Different batches of tuners, even from the same brand, might slightly differ. I'm really surprised that a 5 year old Plasma Panny should be much less sensitive than a year old Sony, though.

So you need to check that the cable is the same, and perhaps the signal strength on the aerial with another TV, just to make sure you nail down what the problem is.

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