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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 (SD) North West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC SD, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

 H max
C59 (778.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
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3 ITV (SD) (Granada), 4 Channel 4 (SD) North ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Granada), 45 Film4 +1,

 H max
C54- (737.8MHz)726mDTG-6100,000W
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86 More4 +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
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 Paramount Network, 55 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 76 Quest +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 87 Keep It Country, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 21 others

 H max
C49 (698.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Channel, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 61 True Entertainment, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Justice, 42 DMAX, 47 4seven, 62 True Movies, 71 CBS Drama, 73 Sewing Quarter, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, plus 16 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
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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 -5.9dB
C55 (746.0MHz)726mDTG-625,700W
Channel icons
 Vintage TV, 57 5USA +1, 67 CBS Reality +1, 92 Pick +1, 99 Smithsonian Channel HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Aljazeera English HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, plus 2 others

 H -6.5dB
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-622,600W
Channel icons
 CBS Action +1, 56 5STAR +1, 64 Freesports, 83 NOW 80s, 84 Now 90s, 89 Together, 91 PBS America, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
Channel icons
 True Christmas 1,  Tiny Pop +1,  truTV,  truTV +1, 68 True Crime, 69 True Crime +1, 75 True Movies +1, 88 Clubland TV, 209 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 (139°)
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?

1956-80s1984-971997-981998-20092009-1310 Apr 132013-1731 Dec 2019
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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.

Monday, 30 April 2018

1:03 PM


The curly brackets are extraneous, read it as if they are not present and it makes perfect UK English grammatical sense. Why they are showing I don't know.

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MikeP's 2,703 posts PT
Robert Lee

6:20 PM

UHF channel 55 has disappeard and with it BBC News HD and a few others. Everything else is OK. Any ideas as no fault flagged.

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Robert Lee's 77 posts GB
7:39 PM

Between this morning and this afternoon BBC News HD and Aljazeera HD have both vanished (no signal on 107 or 1108). No changes are indicated here, so what has happened?

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Michael's 1 post GB
Robert Lee

7:46 PM

The missing programmes have just reappeared on UHF channel 32 which now carries programmes previously on 55. Nice of them to let us know.

Brianist - can we please have an update!

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Robert Lee's 77 posts GB
Robert Lee

9:20 PM

Just realised that I'm probably getting a weak signal from Moel y Parc.
So, what has happened to UHF channel 55 on Winter Hill?

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Robert Lee's 77 posts GB
Tuesday, 1 May 2018

1:37 AM

There is some engineering work at Winter Hill this week which might mean a weak signal from time to time and temporary loss of multiplex(es).
For those that have lost some muliplexes altogether, there was a retune event on March 7th which would have been advertised.
Go to Digital UK - Coverage checker and put in your postcode and tick "Detailed view". This will show you predicted reception and the current UHF channels for each multiplex.

Robert Lee: BBC News HD is still on the COM7 mux and is still on UHF55.

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Chris.SE's 141 posts GB

2:51 AM

MikeP: The Al Jazeera HD event is on now so I've grabbed the EITpf off Freesat, ASTRA and Freeview:


Al Jazeera Eng, Tue 01 May 2018 02:00 - Tue 01 May 2018 03:00: The Coming War On China
Journalist John Pilger, reveals what the news doesn't _ that the world's greatest military power, the U.S. may well be on the road to war with China.


Al Jazeera HD, Tue 01 May 02:00 - 03:00: The Coming War On China
Ep.2 Journalist John Pilger, reveals what the news doesn't - that the world's greatest military power, the U.S. may well be on the road to war with China.

North West_BBC A_pf:

Al Jazeera Eng HD, Tue 01 May 02:00 - 03:00: The Coming War On China
Journalist John Pilger, reveals what the news doesn't that the world's greatest military power, the U.S. may well be on the road to war with China.

We see an underscore character on Freesat; a dash or minus sign on ASTRA; and garbage on Freeview.

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js's 617 posts GB

5:19 AM

MikeP: All EIT title and description strings, for services on the DVB-T2 multiplexes, are Huffman coded.

I've had to modify my decoder to deal with these errant characters as follows.

Here, lastchar is the currently decoded byte and decode is the decoded string so far:

Select Case lastchar

Case &HA, &HD, &H20 To &H7E

decode = decode + Chr(lastchar)

Case &H19

decode = decode + "{'}"

Case &H13

decode = decode + "{-}"

Case Else

decode = decode + "{hex=" + Hex(lastchar) + "}"

End Select

I'm using the curly brackets to identify and locate the fixes in the output.

The output is an xmltv file.

If I try to open the uncorrected xmltv file in my xmltv viewer application, it responds with an error message giving the line number and position in the line of the error and refuses to proceed further.

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Robert Lee

9:13 AM

Just done a full autoscan of Panasonic TV and Humax and C55 has reappeared! Which begs the question "why did it disappear yesterday", and why didn't a manual scan of C55 work?

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Robert Lee's 77 posts GB
Wednesday, 2 May 2018

1:20 AM

I thought that the duff characters appearing in the Freeview EPG were confined to the Huffman coded strings for services on the DVB-T2 multiplexes.

I've just noticed that the same duff characters are also in DVB-T EPG data.

I don't have a Freeview HD device so I asked if someone who has would report whether the suspect characters were rendered properly in the events I listed.

I'd like to thank all those who informed me whether or not that was the case.

Now I see these duffers on DVB-T, I can check myself, no longer needing your valuable assistance.

The duff apostrophe with code 0x19 appears in 349 events over the next 7 days.

Here is one such event:

Blaze, Fri 04 May 21:00 - 22:00: Flipping Bangers
Alfa Romeo: Gus and Will are after an Italian car. They can[0x19]t afford the true classics so they let they budget dictate the vehicle and settle on a 155 from the '90s.

So how did my LG telly render the [0x19] in what should read "can't"?

It completely ignored it, outputting "cant".


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