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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.

 H max
C50 (706.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
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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

 H max
C59 (778.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
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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),

 H max
C54- (737.8MHz)726mDTG-6100,000W
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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,

 H max
C58 (770.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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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

 H max
C49 (698.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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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

 H max
C55 (746.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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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

 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
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-625,700W
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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,

 H -6.5dB
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-622,600W
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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

 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
700C49 ArqAArqA

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.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018
5:27 PM


The reply is aimed at Briantist to hope he eventually does something about all the junk.

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MikeP's 1,974 posts Gold Gold GB
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's 61 posts Bronze Bronze GB
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's 61 posts Bronze Bronze GB
6:29 PM

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), 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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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:

<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://" -->
<!--crid type="0x31" uri="crid://" -->
<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>
<!--component content="0x01" type="0x03" language="und" -->
<!--component content="0x02" type="0x03" language="eng" -->

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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