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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 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
C50 (706.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
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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

 H max
C59 (778.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
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),

 H max
C54- (737.8MHz)726mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
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,

 H max
C58 (770.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
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

 H max
C49 (698.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
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

 H max
C55 (746.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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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

 H -20dB
C56 (754.0MHz)572mDTG-121,000W
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from 1st October 2014: 7 That's Manchester,

 H -17dB
C56 (754.0MHz)572mDTG-122,000W
Channel icons
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 -5.9dB
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-625,700W
Channel icons
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,

 H -6.5dB
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-622,600W
Channel icons
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

 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
Channel icons
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?

regional news image
BBC North West Tonight 3.1m homes 11.8%
from Salford M50 2QH, 22km southeast
to BBC North West region - 92 masts.
regional news image
ITV Granada Reports 3.1m homes 11.6%
from Salford M50 2EQ, 22km southeast
to ITV Granada region - 80 masts.

How will the Winter Hill (Bolton, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

years1956~851984-971997-981998-20092009-1310/4/13-2013-1731st Mar 2018-
aerial groupVHFC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EWA K
700C49 ArqAArqA

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?

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.

Thursday, 13 July 2017
4:07 PM

As the above post has been there for six days I assume this is now a dead website. Anyone wanting technical information should try Digital Spy instead.

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anthony's 58 posts Bronze Bronze GB
4:11 PM

anthony: If you look at the Your Comments page you'll see that there are several of us who actively respond to posts asking for advice. Unfortunately none of us have access to remove spam posts such as the one above yours and presumably Briantist has other priorities.

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StevensOnln1's 1,635 posts Gold Gold GB
Friday, 14 July 2017
10:32 AM


Like StevensOnln1 and several others, I am a regular contributor to this website aiming to assist those having reception problems. Just because some foolish person decides to submit an inappropriate post does not mean any of us like it, some are particularly obnoxious. But as the website is run by Briantist, no one else can delete the inappropriate postings. That they sometimes remain for some time does not mean the site is out of commission, merely that the offending post has not yet been removed as Briantist may well have other priorities for the time being.

The reality is that some people think it is appropriate to offend others and make unsuitable statements in the digital media, just look at whats on Twitter, Facebook, etc. A large proportion of what I have seen there are inappropriate and sometimes downright wrong. Think of the stories about 'false news', where do those stories come from? (Anti-)Social media.

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MikeP's 1,984 posts Gold Gold GB
8:57 PM

For a post of that nature to be on a site for seven days does not show that Brianist has "other priorities" it shows that he has completely lost interest in this site and is happy for it to be used to advertise sexually explicit products. I doubt that this item would survive that long on Facebook, Twitter or Digital Spy. I have doubts that it is legal for it to be there as well.

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anthony's 58 posts Bronze Bronze GB
Saturday, 15 July 2017
10:17 AM


I disagree totally with your thinking.

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MikeP's 1,984 posts Gold Gold GB
10:27 AM


I have just had a good look at Digital Spy and conclude that it is not an appropriate forum for technical reception issues, it is a general discussion forum and not specificly aimed at helping viewers or listeners having reception difficulties. This website,, is aimed at helping with such problems using contributions from several knowledgeable contributors, many of whom work or have worked in the industry.

As is not uncommon, some people think it 'fun' to despoil web pages and sometimes the content of their comments is totally inappropriate, as in this case. I'm sure Briantist will remove it soon as has happened with previous 'spoilers'.

So please allow this website to continue assisting those seeking help with reception problems.

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MikeP's 1,984 posts Gold Gold GB
Monday, 17 July 2017
10:23 AM


Yet another unwanted post has appeared here. Please can you remove them as soon as is possible?

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MikeP's 1,984 posts Gold Gold GB
Friday, 21 July 2017
10:43 AM


Yet another inappropriate post above.

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MikeP's 1,984 posts Gold Gold GB
Friday, 11 August 2017
8:32 PM

North West Diffs:

There's a new net-not in the nit. It's been a while since we've seen one.

Comparing files North West 02-08-2017 17 02.txt and NORTH WEST 11-08-2017 18 55.TXT

***** North West 02-08-2017 17 02.txt

***** NORTH WEST 11-08-2017 18 55.TXT
Network Change Notifications

cell_id = 0000

network_change_id = 01
NetworkChangeType = Message only - Network is unchanged
network_change_version = 01
ReceiverCategory = all receivers
start_time_of_change = 16/08/2017 13:00:00
change_duration = 01:00:00
invariant_ts_onid = 233A
invariant_ts_tsid = 200B

end Network Change Notifications


Note 233A.200B is the D3&4 multiplex from Winter Hill.

Anyone know what, if anything, is scheduled for 16/08/2017 at 2pm BST?

Here's TransEdit's xml dump of it:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<Descriptor HValue="0x7F" Name="Network Change Notify">
<DescriptorLength Value="20"/>
<DescriptorTagExtension HValue="0x07"/>
<CellID HValue="0x0000">
<NetworkChangeID Value="1"/>
<NetworkChangeVersion Value="1"/>
<StartTimeOfChange String="16/08/2017 13:00:00"/>
<ChangeDuration String="01:00:00"/>
<ReceiverCategory Value="0" Name="All receivers"/>
<InvariantTSPresent Value="1"/>
<ChangeType Value="0" Name="Message only"/>
<MessageID Value="0"/>
<InvariantTSID HValue="0x200B"/>
<InvariantONID HValue="0x233A" Name="North West"/>

There is no message with MessageID = 0 so "Message only" don't make a whole lot of sense.

There is a message with MessageID = 254:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<Descriptor HValue="0x7F" Name="Message">
<DescriptorLength Value="42"/>
<DescriptorTagExtension HValue="0x08"/>
<MessageID Value="254"/>
<Language String="eng"/>
<Message String="Database right of Digital UK Ltd 2017"/>

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js's 539 posts Gold Gold GB
Thursday, 24 August 2017
2:09 PM

Location North Manchester South of Bury, I almost have line-of sight to Winter Hill
I now have very poor signal strength, verging on unusable only on Ch56 multiplex LM (H=-20dB). (That's Manchester)
I appreciate that the ERP is much lower on this multiplex, so perhaps that's now as good as it gets?
All other multiplexes are almost full strength so I know it's not an aerial issue, although I must admit my aerial could be a tad more directional which might help exclude the Welsh multiplexes (I've tweaked it anyway just to check/optimise).
I suspect reception was better on this channel before the latest re-tune although I never looked at it critically as it was OK (pre August 2017) Anyone else finding similar issues?
All other multiplexes are almost full strength so I know it's not an aerial issue (I've tweaked it anyway just to check/optimise).
Looking at the coverage map it shows I'm in the yellow region (may get interference), but as I said it seemed Ok previously.

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