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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 22/04/2024 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?

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;
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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.

Friday, 9 March 2018

12:34 PM

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StevensOnln1's 3,623 posts GB flag
9:37 PM

This page says BBC 4 HD is on channel 37.
My box says signal strength and quality are at max.
So where it BBC4?
It seems to have disappeared from about midnight last night.

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Ste's 2 posts GB flag
9:55 PM

Ste: I've manually retuned and found it on CH34.
But it's still 106 and my box won't seem to recognise it's moved.
Can anyone enlighten me?

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Ste's 2 posts GB flag
9:57 PM

I've manually retuned and found it on CH34.
But it's still 106 and my box won't seem to recognise it's moved.
Can anyone enlighten me?

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STe's 8 posts GB flag

10:19 PM

Ste: If I'm reading you right, your expecting the channel number 34 to be the one on the EPG - it wont be. Its still 106 on the EPG - Ch34 is actually the frequency, and therefore as long as you can pick it up, thats all you need to do.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
11:30 PM


Thanks for that, I appreciate it.

No, I'm not expecting it to be 34 on the EPG.
I tune to BBC4 HD, which is currently 106 on the EPG.
I go into manual tuning, which starts on the channel I'm tuned to, so it's on CH37.
But a retune there doesn't find 4HD any more.

I searched around the channels, and it picks it up on CH34, but still on 106.
So I go back to the tuner, which still says no signal on 106.
Go back into manual tuning and I can see it still thinks 106 is on CH37.

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STe's 8 posts GB flag
Saturday, 10 March 2018
12:00 AM


Thinking it might be the PVR box, I've tried the same thing with my telly.
As I never watch the telly, it's still tuned to 31 which I think is where BBC 4HD was in January.

Exactly the same result as on the PVR, just substituting the number 31 for 37.

Surely I can't be the only person who's lost BBC4 HD?!

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STe's 8 posts GB flag
12:15 AM

I think it's on 34 cos I must be picking it up from Moel-y-parc, which I try to avoid as the signal's a bit flaky by the time it gets here.

But why has it gone from Winter Hill?

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STe's 8 posts GB flag
9:55 AM

Hi. Since the Winter Hill mux changes on the 21/01/2018 (if I recall the date correctly) both of my Digital Stream PVRs have been affected by something being transmitted in COM7 and / or COM8. Both PVRs end up with corrupted firmware and require a firmware reinstallation; the symptoms are either stuck at 'loading' when switched on from stand-by, or stuck at 'bye' when switched off. If left disconnected to the aerial feed then they remain fine (but obviously cannot record anything). If manually tuned to all but Channel 31 and 37 (COM7 and COM8) they remain fine. This is not 4G interference; I have filters which do work (no more pixellation or blocking). I am not the only Digital Stream user suffering from this problem. I know that these are old machines, but they are excellent devices, and apart from the COM7 / COM8 problem, continue to give good service. Can some technical person please look into this? I understand that something similar happened a couple of years ago, and it turned out to be corrupted EPG data. Could this be the same kind of issue> Help would be appreciated, since I would like to be able to record BBC4 HD once again, but currently dare not tune into it (it is on channel 31 - COM 7). Many thanks.

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David's 1 post GB flag

2:12 PM

STe: 106 BBC FOUR HD is on COM8.

After the March 7 changes at Winter Hill:

COM8 is on 554 MHz, UHF 31
ARQB is on 602 MHz, UHF 37
COM7 is on 746 MHz, UHF 55

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