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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 04/03/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

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.

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Jameselott's 1 post PL flag
Wednesday, 2 January 2019
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....

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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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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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Chris.SE's 4,083 posts GB flag
Monday, 7 January 2019
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....

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Nev Jack's 6 posts GB flag
Saturday, 12 January 2019
Transmitter engineering

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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Transmitter engineering

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

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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John Heywood
11:21 AM

I have freeview and my bbc channels are pixelating. My other itv channels etc are ok. What is the problem?
My postcode is ol2 8ln

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