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 North West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 17 others 250 BBC Red Button, 700 BBC Radio 1, 701 BBC Radio 1Xtra, 702 BBC Radio 2, 703 BBC Radio 3, 704 BBC Radio 4, 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), 734 BBC Stoke (BBC local radio),
3 ITV (Granada), 4 Channel 4 North ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 24 ITV4 +1, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Granada),
45 Film4 +1, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD North ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,
10 ITV3, 20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 My5, 58 ITV Be +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 61 True Entertainment, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze +1, 83 Quest +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others 16 QVC, 85 Hochanda, 260 CCTV, 261 Racing UK, 262 CONNECT 4, 263 SonLife, 264 VisionTV, 265 Planet Knowledge, 269 Arise News, 270 Loveworld, 670 ADULT Section (start), 671 Television X, 675 ADULT PARTY, 678 Xpanded TV promo, 724 Capital, 727 Absolute Radio, 728 Heart,
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 60 Sony Crime Channel 2, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others 23 Create and Craft, 43 Gems TV, 49 TJC, 65 TBN UK, 252 Kiss Me TV, 253 Proud Dating, 673 ADULT smileTV3, 723 talkSPORT, 730 RNIB Connect,
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 62 True Movies, 71 CBS Reality 1, 73 YourTV +1, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, plus 20 others 22 Ideal World, 35 QVC Beauty, 36 QVC Style, 78 Sewing Quarter, 206 Pop, 234 RT, 672 ADULT smileTV2, 674 Babestation, 699 ADULT Section (end), 711 The Hits radio, 712 KISS FRESH, 713 Kiss, 714 KISSTORY, 715 Magic, 716 heat, 717 Kerrang!, 718 Smooth Radio, 725 Premier Radio, 731 Classic FM, 732 LBC,
from 1st October 2014: 7 That's Manchester,
from 30th June 2014: 7 Bay TV Liverpool,
from 1st October 2014: 7 That's Lancashire,
56 5USA +1, 57 5Spike 1, 64 CBS Action +1, 67 CBS Drama, 82 Vintage TV, 84 Quest Red +1, 87 Keep It Country, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera Eng HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD,
55 5STAR+1, 86 More4 1, 95 Freesports, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 115 BT Showcase HD (not free), 205 CBeebies HD, plus 5 others 40 Rocks and Co, 93 Together, 94 PBS America, 111 QVC HD, 112 QVC Beauty HD,
75 The Vault, 89 Clubland TV, 209 Pop +1, 210 Tiny Pop 1,
DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
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?
BBC North West Tonight 3.1m homes 11.8%
from Salford M50 2QH, 22km southeast
to BBC North West region - 92 masts.
How will the Winter Hill (Bolton, England) transmission frequencies change over time?
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orange background for multiplexes names more
green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: 4G from 30 June 2020more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 4th November and 2nd December 2009.
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
11:27 AM Church Stretton
Our postcode is SY6 7BP for last 12 years receiving best signal from Winter Hill (although we should in theory get better reception from Midlands transmitter - we're situated right under Hazler Hill transmitter). In Dec '15 we had new Sony tv and Panasonic PVR. We quite recently did a channel update reset. Very few problems until last weekend 18th/19th Nov when BBC1 and BBC2 suddenly pixelated and 'no signal' came up; other BBC channels were the same but ITV etc were ok. Lasted about 24 hours. All BBC channels then ok until last night when same thing happened (in middle of Strictly! although luckily we were able to switch to Catch-up and watch without problem - which seemed peculiar in itself). Winter Hill online reported no current problems each time.
What's the best course of action to get to the bottom of the problem? Do you understand it? Can you help with advice? Many thanks.
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8:26 PM Church Stretton
On the Sony you can check the signal strength and the channel being received by means of the Options button, scroll down to System Information. The set may have picked up the wrong transmitter during the retune or your aerial may have been damaged by the recent gales. More information about tuning via the white iManual button. You may have to do a manual retune if it keeps picking the wrong transmitter.
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Mike Brooks: Anthony's advice is excellent - I'm just wondering what sort of signal strength you've enjoyed, being so far from Winter Hill.
As for why you can watch Iplayer fine, its simply because its via the internet, and has nothing at all to do with your aerial.
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In reply to Mike Brookes, Church Stretton: these reception problems at your location probably had nothing to do with either your aerial system, mis-tuned channels, nor a problem at Winter Hill. As you are most definitely located in what engineers refer to as a fringe area for uhf tv signals from the Winter Hill site. These fringe areas are especially susceptible to what is known as tropospheric propagation, which particularly becomes a factor at this time of year during days of high pressure weather with fog/frost. This phenomenon can last for minutes, hours or even days at a time, and signals which are normally at good strength can be attenuated to virtually nothing even when using the highest gain aerials & amplifiers! Conversely, very often at these same times, distant UK transmitters can often be tuned in (which would normally not even register an ounce of signal on your TV). The only real solutions to here would be to retune your equipment to a nearer transmitter (which would mostly avoid these tropospheric effects), but then you would obviously lose the North West regionality, or you basically just tolerate these rarer 'weather' effects and keep your TV region of choice.
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MikeB: Thanks Mike , There is no possibility of water ingress as all the antenna and cables are indoors. The problem is definately temperature related , as soon as the temperature drops below zero my reception returns !
Ive bought a signal strength meter and will be checking both effected antenna for signal strength ...its a start !
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9:09 PM Wigan
I have suddenly lost all access to com 7 channels. The only thing I noticed on previous days seemed to be a weakening and intermittent loss of the signal when watching talking pictures tv. I have retuned and ensured aerial connections are secured but since retuning I have now lost all access to com 7 channels on the tv guide. My postcode is WN2 5EB and aerial is in the loft. I have not had any real problems before now.
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Anne Marie Griffiths:
Your should NOT have retuned. All you have achieved is loss of services! Patience until the problem clears is hat you needed.
Now you will need to retune each day until your equipment finds the service again. It was almost certainly due to the weather conditions.
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Merry Christmas everybody !
My reported signal loss on PSB2 has cleared , I now recieve clear pictures and sound on all PSB2 Channels.
I have not made any adjustments to the loft mounted Antennas !
I had purchased a high gain Antiference Antenna which was ready to replece the Antennas in the Attic, in full accordance with sods law I now have Great reception and a Spare High Gain Antenna !
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