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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?

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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C50 (706.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
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

PSB2
D3+4
 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),

PSB3
BBCB
 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,

COM4
SDN
 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

COM5
ArqA
 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

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C55 (746.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
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

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

LL
 H -17dB
C56 (754.0MHz)572mDTG-122,000W
Channel icons
from 30th June 2014: 7 Bay TV Liverpool,

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

com7
 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,

com8
 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

GIM
 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
C9ITV
C12BBCtv
C29BBCA
600C31com7D3+4
C32BBCB
C34SDN
C35ArqA
C37com8ArqB
C48C5C5
700C49 ArqAArqA
C50 BBCABBCA
C54-BBCB-BBCB-BBCB
C55BBC1BBC1BBC1ArqBArqBArqB
C56+1_local_local_local
C57GIMGIMGIM
C58SDNSDNSDN
C59ITVITVITVD3+4D3+4D3+4
C60+C
800C61ArqA
C62BBC2BBC2BBC2BBCA
C63+D
C65C4C4C4
C66+2
C67+B
C68+A

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.

Comments
Tuesday, 8 May 2018
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js
5:12 AM

The bad characters in the Freeview EIT are spreading.

The latest offender is BBC Manchester:

BBC Manchester, Thu 10 May 12:00 - 15:00: Becky Want
Becky chats to George Costigan about Long Day{'}s Journey Into Night which is on at Home.

Here we see {'}, which I have inserted in place of byte 0x19 to indicate an apostrophe was intended.

As it happens, 0x2019 is the Unicode for 'RIGHT SINGLE QUOTATION MARK'

And guess what?:

Sony Crime Channel, Sat 12 May 20:00 - 21:00: Person of Interest
No Good Deed: Reese and Finch{'}s lives are put in danger when their next person of interest stumbles upon the existence of {L'}The Machine{R'}. (S1 Ep22)

Where I have inserted {L'} in place of byte 0x18 and {R'} in place of byte 0x19.

As it happens, 0x2018 is the Unicode for 'LEFT SINGLE QUOTATION MARK'


And hows about this then:

Al Jazeera Eng HD, Thu 10 May 21:00 - 22:00: Al-Nakba
Four-part series on the history of Palestine and the events of 1948 {-} a year which the Palestinians refer to as the {L'}nakba', or catastrophe.

Where I have inserted {L'} in place of byte 0x18 and {-} in place of byte 0x13 to represent a dash or minus sign.

As it happens, 0x2013 is the Unicode for 'EN DASH'


None of these bytes are valid according to the DVB spec:

Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Specification for Service Information (SI) in DVB systems:

http://www.etsi.org/deliv….pdf

See Annex A: Coding of text characters.




The current culprits:

There are 388 bad characters over the next 8 days; this list is just an example from each of the services involved:

Food Network, Mon 14 May 07:45 - 08:15: Bake with Anna Olson
Morning Treats: Pastry Chef Anna Olson demonstrates how to make three classic breakfast treats. These recipes are so delicious, they{'}ll make you want to jump out of bed. (S3 Ep20)

Travel Channel, Tue 15 May 06:25 - 06:45: Garage Gold
The Garage Brothers don{'}t charge for clearing clutter, but they get to keep any valuables they unearth - and maybe even turn a profit from selling them on. (S6 Ep12)

movies4men, Mon 14 May 07:00 - 08:10: The de Havilland Comet
A documentary which charts the history and development of the world{'}s first commercial jet airliner - the British-built de Havilland Comet.

Sony Crime Channel, Mon 14 May 17:00 - 18:00: Person of Interest
No Good Deed: Reese and Finch{'}s lives are put in danger when their next person of interest stumbles upon the existence of {L'}The Machine{R'}. (S1 Ep22)

True Entertainment, Wed 16 May 00:30 - 01:30: Tenko
Disease sweeps through the camp, prompting some prisoners to contemplate a daring plan. Meanwhile, Sally and Nellie{'}s blossoming friendship becomes a source of gossip. (S1 Ep7)

TBN UK, Tue 15 May 22:30 - 23:00: The Potter's Touch
Featuring the ministry of Bishop T.D. Jakes as he tackles today{'}s topics and issues by offering practical and spiritual solutions to life{'}s toughest questions.

truTV, Tue 15 May 12:00 - 13:00: The Devil You Know
The Family Man: As women are attacked on the streets of Florida, a young mother begins to have suspicions about her husband. Melissa{'}s life is turned upside down when she learns his secret. (S4 Ep7)

Sony Crime Channel +1, Sun 13 May 03:00 - 03:55: Manson's Missing Victims
Charles Manson and his followers committed nine murders, but was that all? Those involved and those who have studied Manson don{'}t think so. This documentary investigates the alleged missing victims.

YourTV, Tue 15 May 20:00 - 21:00: Castle
When the Bough Breaks: Castle{'}s agent approaches him with a career changing opportunity, but it would mean the end of his relationship with Beckett. (S2 Ep5)

TCC, Sat 12 May 03:30 - 04:00: Cajun Pawn Stars
Buy George!: A 1790's pocket watch from Founding Father George Washington is brought into the shop. And later, will one of Louisiana{'}s first swamp boats prove to be a good buy?

FreeSports, Tue 15 May 17:15 - 19:15: World Rallycross
Belgium: Coverage of the FIA World RX season held on tracks made of asphalt and gravel. Some of the world{'}s best drivers race in cars capable of 0-60mph in 1.9 seconds.

Al Jazeera Eng HD, Tue 15 May 13:00 - 14:00: Al-Nakba
Four-part series on the history of Palestine and the events of 1948 {-} a year which the Palestinians refer to as the {L'}nakba', or catastrophe.

POP, Tue 15 May 23:00 - 23:15: Talking Tom and Friends
The Famous Monster: Talking Tom faces some serious drama after acing Talking Angela{'}s commercial audition. (S1 Ep38)

Tiny Pop, Tue 15 May 17:15 - 17:30: Ranger Rob
Ranger Ready: A test run of a new ride at Big Sky Park puts Rob{'}s ranger rescue skills to the test. (S1 Ep8)

POP Max, Sun 13 May 17:02 - 17:33: Poke?mon: Black & White - Rival Destinies
Clash of the Connoisseurs!: While pursuing Ash{'}s eighth Unova Gym badge, our heroes are summoned to a place where Cilan{'}s Connoisseur skills are in high demand! (S15 Ep32)

POP+1, Wed 16 May 00:00 - 00:15: Talking Tom and Friends
The Famous Monster: Talking Tom faces some serious drama after acing Talking Angela{'}s commercial audition. (S1 Ep38)

Sports Channel Network, Wed 09 May 00:00 - 06:00: Extreme Sailing Series
Extreme Sailing Series attracts some of the world{'}s top sailors, racing the hydro-foiling GC32 catamarans on short courses around the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the Americas.

ADULT Studio 66, Wed 16 May 00:00 - 03:00: Studio 66 Nights
Watch, Listen and Interact with the UK{'}s hottest models daily. (all 18+)

BBC Manchester, Thu 10 May 12:00 - 15:00: Becky Want
Becky chats to George Costigan about Long Day{'}s Journey Into Night which is on at Home.

RNIB Connect, Sat 12 May 12:00 - 13:00: TED Radio Hour
Showcasing important ideas and inspiring stories from some of the world{'}s most remarkable minds



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Chris.SE
7:48 PM

js: Whilst I'm unable to explain the reason for what you are seeing, I note that most of those channels are on Multiplexes operated by Arqiva with the exception of 4 that I spotted which were on COM4.
Maybe you could try contacting Arqiva to see if they could shed any light on the issue, they may be able to point you towards a contact for those that aren't operated by them.

Just another thought, are you able to reproduce those errors on another device so that you can eliminate the possibility of some bug that's cropped up on your receiver.

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js
10:52 PM

Chris.SE: Thanks for taking the trouble to reply.

I would be grateful if you could check the events I listed to confirm the errors are present on your Freeview device.

I did check on an LG TV and the code that corresponds to an apostrophe was ignored, so that what should be "can't" became "cant".

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js's 615 posts Gold Gold GB
Wednesday, 9 May 2018
J
js
1:29 AM

Chris.SE: The responsibility lies with Digital UK.

"Digital UK provides day-to-day technical management of the Freeview Electronic Programme Guide (EPG)"

http://www.digitaluk.co.u….pdf

Freesat and BSkyB evidently know how to manage the EPG data they receive from service providers:

Freesat:
Sony Crime, Mon 14 May 17:00 - 18:00: Person of Interest
No Good Deed: Reese and Finch's lives are put in danger when their next person of interest stumbles upon the existence of 'The Machine'. (S1 Ep22)

BSkyB:
Sony Crime, Mon 14 May 17:00 - 18:00: Person of Interest
No Good Deed: Reese and Finch's lives are put in danger when their next person of interest stumbles upon the existence of 'The Machine'. (S1 Ep22)

Freeview:
Sony Crime Channel, Mon 14 May 17:00 - 18:00: Person of Interest
No Good Deed: Reese and Finch{'}s lives are put in danger when their next person of interest stumbles upon the existence of {L'}The Machine{R'}. (S1 Ep22)


I would expect Freeview devices to ignore the incorrect codes, rendering what should be "Finch's" as "Finchs" and "'The Machine''" as "The Machine".


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js's 615 posts Gold Gold GB
Monday, 14 May 2018
MikeP
12:44 PM

Tnlywlnlayy:

This website is NOT about football so please stop wasting our time, and yours, with irrelevant junk. It is ONLY about TV reception problems.



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MikeP's 2,184 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Wednesday, 16 May 2018
S
StevensOnln1
5:23 PM

MikeP: All these posts are probably being made by automated spam bots, so there really isn't any point replying to them as whoever is responsible for the spam is unlikely to read or take any notice.

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Chris.SE
5:30 PM

MikeP: & StevensOnln1: I did suggest on the Feedback page where MikeP originally posted about this problem that it was likely to be spam generated by a virus that someone who has posted here in the past, has picked up.

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Chris.SE
5:52 PM

MikeP: Ah just missed your last post, before posting my comment above. There are so many things on this site that need "resolving" at present which do not appear to be happening. I would have thought that Briantist: would have been looking at the Feedback board above most others and attempt to resolve some of the "easier" problems, but that doesn't appear to be happening. I thought I read somewhere a while back that he'd been unwell, so whether that's the reason for things not happening, I don't know. It's a shame.
I think we can probably cope with some of the out-of-date technical info (current mux channel allocation etc), but having to wade through tons of these spam posts to find any genuine posts is very time consuming and we mkight possibly miss something - I'm finding myself fast scanning through and it's easy to miss something like that.

Briantist: If you possibly can, please fix some of the problems. Thanks.

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Chris.SE
6:29 PM

js:
1) I was unable to check the events you've listed because I did not see your post(s) in time.
2) Despite what it say near the top of this page "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." (which I thought was an automated update), Digital UK | Planned engineering works say that there is engineering work sometime this week. Now whether that's anything to do with any faults (eg. your issue) or for future at700 clearance etc. is not known here.

Are you still seeing issues? As I'm not receiving my signals from Winter Hill, I get mine from Mendip, I can't confirm what you see. I did check this afternoon using an 18month old LG TV and also the Smart NowTV box and did not see any errors whatsoever in any Freeview EPG data that I can get on these.

Whilst you are obviously correct in the fact that Digital UK has responsibility for the Freeview EPG, this doesn't appear to be a generic problem with the Freeview EPG data - an assumption, as I've not been able to find any other reports of problems, but I've not done a really exhaustive search. I therefore suspect that this is a localised problem, which may of course be at the transmitter. (Also I believe the format of the data for FreeSat and Sky may be different because of the way it's transmitted on those platforms - I don't really know anything about the detail).

You could try contacting Digital UK about this and if they are not aware of the issue ask them to contact Arqiva to see if they can help, but as this is a complex technical issue I wouldn't hold out too much hope that Digital UK wouldn't just give you the run-around because they don't have sufficient technical understanding (that's based on my previous experience at trying to get them to fix some relatively minor issues in the Coverage Checker Database - one of which has been outstanding for 4 years!!).
That is why I suggested you might try contacting Arqiva directly.


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Chris.SE's 84 posts Bronze Bronze GB
Thursday, 17 May 2018
J
js
7:40 AM

Chris.SE: All it takes to prove it is one example:

YourTV, Thu 24 May 20:00 - 21:00: Castle
Wrapped Up in Death: The death of a museum curator takes a bizarre turn when Castle and Beckett learn that he isn{'}t the first member of a recent archaeological expedition to die. (S2 Ep19)

Here, the apostrophe in -isn't- will be missing because, in the Freeview data, it is represented by invalid code 0x19.


Who knows how many Freeview devices are being crippled by this faulty data?

My attempt to inform duk was met with total ignorance.

All the Freeview EPG data is passed to a "central collator" so will not vary across the network.


Here is the same event, this time from DVBGuide's output file rather than my own:

DVBGuide - A DVB EPG capture utility:

DVBGuide - A DVB EPG capture utility

<programme channel="233a.5040.5ab0" start="20180524190000 +0000" stop="20180524200000 +0000">
<!--locator uri="dvb://233a.5040.5ab0;789b@2018-05-24T19:00:00Z/PT01H00M" -->
<!--crid type="0x32" uri="crid://www.YourTV.com/S4797936" -->
<!--crid type="0x31" uri="crid://www.YourTV.com/E3946096" -->
<title lang="en">Castle</title>
<desc lang="en">Wrapped Up in Death: The death of a museum curator takes a bizarre turn when Castle and Beckett learn that he isn&#x19;t the first member of a recent archaeological expedition to die. (S2 Ep19)</desc>
<!--content id="0x30" user="0x00" -->
<category lang="en">Entertainment</category>
<language>en</language>
<!--component content="0x01" type="0x03" language="und" -->
<video>
<present>yes</present>
<aspect>16:9</aspect>
</video>
<!--component content="0x02" type="0x03" language="eng" -->
<audio>
<present>yes</present>
<stereo>stereo</stereo>
</audio>
</programme>

The author of DVBGuide probably thought he was covering all eventualities by wrapping the duff codes like this: &#x19;.

If so, he was wrong, as the xmltv app refuses to open the file.



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