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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
C32 (562.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
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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

 H max
C34 (578.0MHz)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 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Granada),

 H max
C35- (585.8MHz)726mDTG-6100,000W
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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

 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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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

 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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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

 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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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

 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
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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

 H -6.5dB
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-622,600W
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 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
C49tv_off ArqAArqA
C50tv_off BBCABBCA

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.

Friday, 27 September 2019
Chris Benson
7:54 AM

Hello! A couple of questions to ask for a good friend of mine who lives in WN7 (Leigh, near Winter Hill).

1. Looking at this link - About us | Freeview - does this mean that from early next he will receive the local TV channel? He can't view it at the moment. Also, what other channels will he pick up that he won't be able to view now (guessing Sony Channel and maybe a couple of others?)

2. I notice on the same website it's suggesting a wideband aerial to pick up channels going forward, is this right?

Thanks once again - brilliant website. Chris

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Chris Benson's 3 posts GB

10:01 AM

Chris Benson:

It would have been better to use the Detailed View option as that shows more detail. Look at About us | Freeview and see the current and planned future channel usage. That shows they expect all eight major multiplexes to be easily received, but not any local multiplex.

Looking at the channels being used and proposed for future use, a wideband aerial will be essential to get all the programmes possible.

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MikeP's 3,055 posts GB

10:57 AM

Chris Benson: I think MikeP is misreading the DigitalUK checker results, as it shows that your friend should have good reception of not just 1 but 2 local multiplexes at that postcode following frequency changes on 23rd October if using a wideband aerial.

It's worth noting that your friend may be eligible to have a replacement wideband aerial fitted free of charge if they loose reception of any of the multiplexes they are currently receiving and don't have satellite or cable (see link below).

Important changes to Freeview | Freeview

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StevensOnln1's 2,819 posts GB

8:30 PM


I did not misread the data main presented and stated " they expect all eight major multiplexes to be easily received".

What I didn't do was to scroll down to the local multiplexes where it show they will be only one service but on two different channels, 21 and 24 (after the October retune). Both are named 'L-MAN/L-LIV' so that suggests they are carrying the same programming - or are they trying to mislead viewers?

Why do they show the local multiplexes completely separately from the main ones? That is what leads to confusion and doubt.

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MikeP's 3,055 posts GB
Saturday, 28 September 2019

12:30 AM

MikeP: Yes Mike, it's a poor show.

They are different. "Liverpool TV" is on - you guessed it - L-LIV but L-MAN has "That's TV".

What's more, this:

About us | Freeview

shows both LOC1 (MAN) and LOC2 (LIV) moving from 56 to 24.

Confused? Not half!

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nobody's 37 posts US

9:11 PM

nobody: It's a damned poor show, and
MikeP: StevensOnln1:

I fell into exactly the same hole here Freeview 700MHz clearance (retune) dates | free and easy
David Railton: If you happen to read here see my reply over there.

I know I'd previously been caught out some while ago and since then I normally try to remember to check toward the bottom of the page for Local Mux detail but it's easy to miss or forget when you're trying to do a quick helpful reply to someone or maybe a bit tired. DigitalUK really need to get their act together, but based on my experience over the years, they are pretty hopeless. One error I pointed out to them didn't get corrected until 4 years later, and another recently pointed out still exists - luckily it won't be of any significant importance to most.

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Chris.SE's 1,427 posts GB

9:17 PM


Oh, and forgot to say, it makes the incorrect listings here on this page even more confusing!

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Chris.SE's 1,427 posts GB
Friday, 18 October 2019
Brian Russell
9:00 AM

What is happening to ArqB (Yesterday, 5Spike, 4Seven, etc.)? ArqB is not listed in the post 23rd October 2019 list shown above.

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Brian Russell's 2 posts GB

9:25 AM

Brian Russell: According to Digital UK, COM6/ArqB remains on UHF channel 37 where it is now and is not planned to change frequency again.

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StevensOnln1's 2,819 posts GB
Brian Russell
1:54 PM

Thanks StevensOnln1, I think the confusion is that the above list shows com8 on Chanel 37 for both 2013-2017 and 23rd October 2019. If this is indeed Arquiva B, then it should say com6.

I notice two other posts, one saying that there is no re-tune and one saying that only local stations will need to re-tune on the 23rd for Winter Hill. I think I will just wait until the 23rd, see which stations have disappeared and then re-tune as necessary.

Do you know of anywhere that will say by what time on the 23rd the transmitter re-tuning should be completed?

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Brian Russell's 2 posts GB
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