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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C32 (562.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) North West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C34 (578.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (Granada), 4 Channel 4 (SD) North ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Granada),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C35- (585.8MHz)726mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
74 Shopping Quarter , 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, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 31 Paramount Network, 34 ITV3 +1, 40 Sony Movies Action, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 23 CCXTV, 28 E4 +1, 29 4Music, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 45 Film4 +1, 46 Challenge, 47 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 75 Yesterday +1, 76 Quest +1, 78 Now 70s, 88 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 32 Sony Movies, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 91 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 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
C55 (746.0MHz)726mDTG-625,700W
Channel icons
64 FreeSports, 72 Quest Red +1, 83 NOW 80s, 86 More4 +1, 89 Together TV +1, 92 Pick +1, 93 PBS America +1, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 209 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

com8
 H -6.5dB
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-622,600W
Channel icons


GIM
 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
Channel icons
 Spotlight TV, 62 Sony Movies Classic +1, 82 Clubland TV, 84 Now 90s, 208 POP MAX,

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?

1956-80s1984-971997-981998-20092009-132013-182013-1720 Feb 2020
VHFC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TW TW T
C9ITVwaves
C12BBCtvwaves
C24_local
C29SDN
C31com7com7
C32BBCA
C34D3+4
C35BBCB
C37com8com8
C40LOCAL2
C48C5wavesC5waves
C49tv_off ArqAArqA
C50tv_off BBCABBCA
C54tv_off-BBCB-BBCB-BBCB
C55tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesArqBArqBArqBcom7tv_off
C56tv_off+1_local_local_localLPR
C57tv_offGIMGIMGIMGIM
C58tv_offSDNSDNSDN
C59tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4D3+4
C60tv_off+C
C61ArqA
C62BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCA
C63+D
C65C4wavesC4wavesC4waves
C66+2
C67+B
C68+A

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 - more
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.

Comments
Saturday, 15 December 2018
Transmitter engineering
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5:09 AM

WINTER HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 09:38 on 13 Dec to 09:39 on 13 Dec, HD Digital TV Off Air from 09:38 on 13 Dec to 09:39 on 13 Dec. [BBC]

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Wednesday, 2 January 2019
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Nev Jack
7:39 AM

Granada ITV channels etc all missing all day on Dec 31,back on by late afternoon.meanwhile TV retuned itself to moel y parc where it could - obviously some channels too weak to watch. TV retuned itself again back to winter hill later on....
NJ,Crewe

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Nev Jack
7:48 AM

31/12 all ITV signals etc (D3/4?)from winter hill missing during day, back in late afternoon... TV retuned itself to moel y parc where poss to give us ITV 1 etc
N jack,Crewe,cw14pz

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John J
4:22 PM

All my devices are tuned to Winterhill tx. Looking at the above list of Uhf channel numbers seems to bear no relation to the received channels. Mine starts as ch 31 37 49 55 57 58 etc. Are you sure you have the correct Winter Hill channels? They look a bit like moel-y-parc. e.g I have no 34 35 29
John Jackson

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Chris.SE
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5:30 PM

John J:

It appears that the listing above is far from accurate. Some transmitter pages are currently giving the final 2020 channels as current, but this one is all over the place. At present, the best place to get correct channel information is Digital UK - Coverage checker and put in your postcode to list available transmitters.

Current channels are BBCA 50, D3&4 59, BBCB 54-, SDN(COM4) 58, ARQA(COM5) 49, ARQB(COM6) 37, COM7 55, COM8 31, various Local muxes on 56, 21, 40 (if you are close enough to the transmitter).

Retune events are due in the Q4 2019 for one local mux UHF56 to UHF24, others events are in Q1 2020 BBCA to UHF32 & COM8 to UHF56, and in Q2 2020 D3&4 to UHF34, BBCB to UHF35, SDN(COM4) to UHF29 & ARQA to UHF31.

So the final UHF channels in 2020 will be 32, 34, 35, 29, 31, 37, 55, 56 and local muxes 24, 21, 40. If you don't have a wideband or T band aerial, if you aren't getting satisfactory reception on the lower UHF channels you may need to change it.

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Monday, 7 January 2019
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Nev Jack
7:51 AM

Nev Jack: the high pressure new year week certainly caused some havoc with my TV retuning itself nearly every day to either the Wrekin or moel y parc for BBC and ITV where it could as some channels just too weak...the winter hill "rejects" ended up in the 800s section on my tv. luckily the HD channels stayed ensitu...seems to have settled down now, although there is a new high pressure predicted for this weds....
NJ,Crewe

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Saturday, 12 January 2019
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

2:09 PM

WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 12:30 today to 12:40 today. [BBC]

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5:09 PM

WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 14:26 today to 15:12 today, BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 12:30 today to 12:40 today. [BBC]

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Sunday, 13 January 2019
Transmitter engineering
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5:09 AM

WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 14:26 yesterday to 15:12 yesterday, BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 12:30 yesterday to 12:40 yesterday. [BBC]

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