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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.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name
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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
C32 (562.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) North West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC SD, 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), 45 Film4 +1,

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C35- (585.8MHz)726mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
86 More4 +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
C29 (538.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
 Spotlight TV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 40 Movies4Men, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 Paramount Network, 55 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 76 Quest +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 21 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 28 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Channel, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 72 YourTV, 89 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 10 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 29 4Music, 31 5Spike, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 Home, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 73 Sewing Quarter, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 235 AlJazeera English (SD), plus 16 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
 Vintage TV, 57 5USA +1, 67 CBS Reality +1, 78 Quest Red +1, 92 Pick +1, 99 Smithsonian Channel HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Aljazeera English HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, plus 2 others

com8
 H -6.5dB
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-622,600W
Channel icons
 CBS Action +1, 56 5STAR +1, 64 Freesports, 83 NOW 80s, 84 Now 90s, 91 PBS America, 93 Together TV +1, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

GIM
 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
Channel icons
 True Christmas 1,  Tiny Pop +1,  truTV,  truTV +1, 60 Sony Crime Channel, 62 True Movies +1, 68 True Crime, 69 True Crime +1, 88 Clubland TV, 208 POP MAX, 209 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 (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?

1956-80s1984-971997-981998-20092009-1310 Apr 132013-1723 Oct 2019
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 ArqAArqAArqA
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

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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
Tuesday, 5 November 2019
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Buster
5:26 PM

Please stop playing with signal strength on winter hill transmitter you could cause a riot in Liverpool

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Chris.SE
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5:55 PM

Buster:

This site is not responsible for the transmitters or broadcasters, it's an independent help site.
According to https://www.freeview.co.uk/corporate/platform-management/planned-engineering-works there is Planned Maintenance -
"Granada Winter Hill Main Possible weak signal"

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Thursday, 7 November 2019
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js
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12:44 AM

Two weeks on from the local multiplex frequency changes and the Winter Hill NIT is still showing all three on 754 MHz.

The responsibility presumably lies with Digital UK.

The DTT NIT seems to have been reduced to a carrier bag for LCNs and daft messages like this one: "Database right of Digital UK Ltd 2019".

They never bothered to include a decent T2-Delivery-System descriptor that showed the frequency of T2 multiplexes, thus eliminating the possibility of automatic tuning of the correct frequencies via the NIT.


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12:47 AM

Eighteen months on and the monkeys that call themselves "Digital UK" still don't know they are putting out garbage.

Clearly, they are too busy patting themselves on the back, for doing such a fine job, to notice.

Here is an abbreviated version of my automated error dump:


Invalid Character Codes in the EIT off North West multiplex BBC A. Date: 2019/11/06 22:51:23

It has become apparent through observation that invalid bytes in the Freeview EIT text strings are the low-order bytes of the Unicode General Punctuation Block.

Of course only bytes less than 0x20 qualify as invalid codes in the context of EIT text strings.

Since about April 2018, the following invalid codes have been found in the Freeview EIT text items:

0x01, substitute: {0x01} -> Unicode Character: "EM QUAD" (U + 2001)
0x08, substitute: { } -> Unicode Character: "PUNCTUATION SPACE" (U + 2008)
0x0B, substitute: {} -> Unicode Character: "ZERO WIDTH SPACE" (U + 200B)
0x10, substitute: {-} -> Unicode Character: "HYPHEN" (U + 2010)
0x13, substitute: {--} -> Unicode Character: "EN DASH" (U + 2013)
0x14, substitute: {---} -> Unicode Character: "EM DASH" (U + 2014)
0x18, substitute: {L'} -> Unicode Character: "LEFT SINGLE QUOTATION MARK" (U + 2018)
0x19, substitute: {R'} -> Unicode Character: "RIGHT SINGLE QUOTATION MARK" (U + 2019)
0x1C, substitute: {L''} -> Unicode Character: "LEFT DOUBLE QUOTATION MARK" (U + 201C)
0x1D, substitute: {R''} -> Unicode Character: "RIGHT DOUBLE QUOTATION MARK" (U + 201D)

There are 553 events with invalid codes in the current EIT.

The Culprits:
Format:
service_name, number of events containing errors

BBC Radio 4 Ex, 1
Blaze, 5
ADULT Studio 66, 32
Planet Knowledge, 15
Ketchup TV, 19
RNIB Connect, 3
TBN UK, 1
Sony Movies, 10
POP, 108
Sony Channel +1, 12
POP Max, 94
Tiny Pop, 63
Sony Movies +1, 2
Sony Channel, 14
Tiny Pop, 63
Sony Movies +1, 2
Sony Channel, 14
Tiny Pop, 63
Sony Movies +1, 2
Sony Channel, 14
PBS America, 16


Events with invalid codes in the eight-day EIT off multiplex BBC A at 2019/11/06 22:51:23:


#1: BBC Radio 4 Ex, Mon 11 Nov 22:30 - 23:00: title = "Bridget Christie Minds the Gap", description = "4/4. Bridget discusses Russell Brand, wearing an {L''}end FGM{R''} badge and the women problem in politics. With Fred MacAulay. From 2015.", description error bytes: 0x1C, 0x1D

#2: Blaze, Fri 08 Nov 16:00 - 17:00: title = "Hangar 1: The UFO Files", description = "UFOs Over Texas: Texas has been a hotbed for extraordinary UFO activity for decades. Patterns point to Texas{R'}s unique role in a larger government conspiracy.", description error byte: 0x19

...

#553: PBS America, Tue 12 Nov 08:00 - 08:35: title = "The Aviators", description = "GlasAir, Legend Cub, Terminals: We fly the GlasAir, and explore today{R'}s most popular American-manufactured light sport aircraft, The Legend Cub. Plus, how are airport terminals designed? (S4 Ep8)", Huffman coded, description error byte: 0x19

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Chris.SE
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2:08 AM

js:

If you've noticed the absolute mess they've made with various aspects of amalgamating the DigitalUK site into the Freeview site as well as other changes to the Freeview site, then you won't be surprised about the lack of any clue regarding the EIT and NIT errors. This isn't my field, but wouldn't the NIT errors be down to Arqiva rather than DUK?

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Friday, 8 November 2019
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js
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11:55 PM

Chris.SE: Yes, I noticed. It's a pity the links on ukfree.tv with embedded postcodes no longer work.

I spent some time yesterday trying to track down who is responsible for the DTT NIT.

If you remember the "split-NIT", the responsibility for that was said to be DMOL and DTG. See:

"Split Nit problem - report of my meeting with Freeview"

https://forums.digitalspy.com/discussion/903723/split-nit-problem-report-of-my-meeting-with-freeview

The DMOL site is dead but not quite gone - thanks to archive.org:

"What is DMOL

DMOL, DTT Multiplex Operators Limited, is a company owned by the operators of the six digital terrestrial television (DTT) multiplexes.

It is a business to business organisation and its purpose is to provide technical platform management for the DTT platform."

https://web.archive.org/web/20120618234109/http://www.dmol.co.uk/index.php

DMOL was absorbed by Digital UK, who now seem to have been absorbed by Freeview

I didn't find any specific official claims of responsibility for the NIT.


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Thursday, 14 November 2019
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js
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12:45 AM

The Digital UK monkeys still haven't updated the NIT to reflect reality.

Neither have they fixed the EIT errors they are responsible for.

Also, it seems the BBC has not dealt with the root cause of these errors.

All the BBC errors, since the vast majority of their errors were eliminated, have been of the form: {L''}some text{R''}

Here is the latest (abbreviated) automatic EIT error report:


Invalid Character Codes in the EIT off North West multiplex BBC A. Date: 2019/11/14 00:15:58

It has become apparent through observation that invalid bytes in the Freeview EIT text strings are the low-order bytes of the Unicode General Punctuation Block:

Of course only bytes less than 0x20 qualify as invalid codes in the context of EIT text strings.

Since about April 2018, the following invalid codes have been found in the Freeview EIT text items:

0x01, substitute: {0x01} -> Unicode Character: "EM QUAD" (U + 2001)
0x08, substitute: { } -> Unicode Character: "PUNCTUATION SPACE" (U + 2008)
0x0B, substitute: {} -> Unicode Character: "ZERO WIDTH SPACE" (U + 200B)
0x10, substitute: {-} -> Unicode Character: "HYPHEN" (U + 2010)
0x13, substitute: {--} -> Unicode Character: "EN DASH" (U + 2013)
0x14, substitute: {---} -> Unicode Character: "EM DASH" (U + 2014)
0x18, substitute: {L'} -> Unicode Character: "LEFT SINGLE QUOTATION MARK" (U + 2018)
0x19, substitute: {R'} -> Unicode Character: "RIGHT SINGLE QUOTATION MARK" (U + 2019)
0x1C, substitute: {L''} -> Unicode Character: "LEFT DOUBLE QUOTATION MARK" (U + 201C)
0x1D, substitute: {R''} -> Unicode Character: "RIGHT DOUBLE QUOTATION MARK" (U + 201D)

There are 601 events with invalid codes in the current EIT.

The Culprits:
Format:
service_name, number of events containing errors

BBC Radio 4, 1
Blaze, 4
ADULT Studio 66, 32
Planet Knowledge, 22
Sony Movies Action, 4
Ketchup TV, 16
RNIB Connect, 5
TBN UK, 1
Sony Movies, 16
POP, 86
Sony Channel +1, 23
POP Max, 112
Tiny Pop, 58
Sony Movies +1, 4
Sony Channel, 24
Tiny Pop, 58
Sony Movies +1, 4
Sony Channel, 24
Tiny Pop, 58
Sony Movies +1, 4
Sony Channel, 24
PBS America, 21


Events with invalid codes in the eight-day EIT off multiplex BBC A at 2019/11/14 00:15:58:


#1: BBC Radio 4, Wed 20 Nov 13:45 - 14:00: title = "50 More Things That Made the...", description = "...Modern Economy. Economists in the 1920s argued in favour of Prohibition. But economics didn't yet have the idea of the {L''}rational criminal{R''}, which helps explain why the ban was so widely flouted.", description error bytes: 0x1C, 0x1D

#2: Blaze, Sun 17 Nov 05:00 - 05:30: title = "American Restoration", description = "Escorter Service: A rare 'Escorter' from the 1964 World{R'}s Fair scoots into the shop for a restoration. Can Rick and the crew provide a restoration that's out of this world?", description error byte: 0x19

...

#601: PBS America, Thu 21 Nov 18:30 - 19:35: title = "Plane Resurrection - Series 2", description = "B25 Mitchell: The plane of choice for the {L'}Doolittle Raid{R'} needs a major winter overhaul to be ready for the air show season, but this little lady proves to be something of a diva. (S2 Ep5)", Huffman coded, description error bytes: 0x18, 0x19

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Thursday, 21 November 2019
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js
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11:03 AM

It is now four weeks since the three Winter Hill Local Multiplexes changed frequency.

Digital UK has yet to update the NIT with the new frequencies.

Digital UK has yet to fix the EPG text, of which, a summary of the errors therein follows:



Invalid Character Codes in the EIT off North West multiplex BBC A. Date: 2019/11/21 06:29:38

It has become apparent through observation that invalid bytes in the Freeview EIT text strings are the low-order bytes of the Unicode General Punctuation Block:

Of course only bytes less than 0x20 qualify as invalid codes in the context of EIT text strings.

Since about April 2018, the following invalid codes have been found in the Freeview EIT text items:

0x01, substitute: {0x01} -> Unicode Character: "EM QUAD" (U + 2001)
0x08, substitute: { } -> Unicode Character: "PUNCTUATION SPACE" (U + 2008)
0x0B, substitute: {} -> Unicode Character: "ZERO WIDTH SPACE" (U + 200B)
0x10, substitute: {-} -> Unicode Character: "HYPHEN" (U + 2010)
0x13, substitute: {--} -> Unicode Character: "EN DASH" (U + 2013)
0x14, substitute: {---} -> Unicode Character: "EM DASH" (U + 2014)
0x18, substitute: {L'} -> Unicode Character: "LEFT SINGLE QUOTATION MARK" (U + 2018)
0x19, substitute: {R'} -> Unicode Character: "RIGHT SINGLE QUOTATION MARK" (U + 2019)
0x1C, substitute: {L''} -> Unicode Character: "LEFT DOUBLE QUOTATION MARK" (U + 201C)
0x1D, substitute: {R''} -> Unicode Character: "RIGHT DOUBLE QUOTATION MARK" (U + 201D)

There are 828 invalid codes in the current EIT:
invalid code, count, percentage
0x08, 13, 1.57%
0x10, 2, 0.24%
0x14, 10, 1.21%
0x18, 17, 2.05%
0x19, 738, 89.13%
0x1C, 21, 2.54%
0x1D, 27, 3.26%

There are 663 events with invalid codes in the current EIT.

The Culprits:
Format:
service_name, number of events containing errors

CBBC, 1
BBC World Sv., 3
Blaze, 2
Blaze+1, 2
ADULT Studio 66, 32
Planet Knowledge, 18
Sony Movies Action, 4
Ketchup TV, 29
CBBC HD, 1
RNIB Connect, 5
TBN UK, 10
Sony Movies, 10
POP, 122
PBS America, 12
Sony Channel +1, 22
POP Max, 115
Tiny Pop, 55
Sony Channel, 25
Tiny Pop, 55
Sony Channel, 25
Tiny Pop, 55
Sony Channel, 25
PBS America, 18
PBS America +1, 17


Events with invalid codes in the eight-day EIT off multiplex BBC A at 2019/11/21 06:29:38:


#1: CBBC, Wed 27 Nov 18:00 - 18:20: title = "Dragons: Race to the Edge", description = "When Thor Bonecrusher is needed to rescue hostages taken by the Bandits, Snoutlout tries to help but accidentally brings to life Thor's evil twin, Anti{-}Thor, who sides with the Bandits. [S]", description error byte: 0x10

#2: BBC World Sv., Mon 25 Nov 13:32 - 13:50: title = "The Why Factor", description = "How the so-called {R''}man box{R''} can inform male behaviour. We delve into the box to reveal its contents.", description error bytes: 0x1D, 0x1D

...

#663: PBS America +1, Thu 28 Nov 21:50 - 22:50: title = "Marked Man: Martin...", description = "...Luther King and the FBI: Documentary telling the true story of how the Civil Rights leader was subjected to a campaign of intimidation by J. Edgar Hoover{R'}s FBI.", Huffman coded, description error byte: 0x19

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Wednesday, 27 November 2019
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Gary Malliber
10:55 AM

Your Freeview channel list against each frequency is now out of date since changes were made at Winter Hill in November this year.

EG. I'm not getting anything at all on CH32 (Traditional terrestrial channels in SD) but I'm now getting them on Ch50. Sky News is now on Ch49 whereas it was on Ch31.

Any chance you can update the channels against frequency list when you're able ?

Our works TV distribution system works on Winter Hill channel numbers so we have to tune to the appropriate channel number (eg ch50) in order to tune in a specific broadcast channel (eg BBC1) which is why we rely on the above list on this website to guide us (we've not found a better one).

Cheers

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Chris.SE
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11:42 AM

Gary Malliber:

The site owner has been unable to keep up with all the 700MHz clearance changes and as has been said many times on this and other transmitter boards, the best place to look is the official listings on the Freeview site (now that the digitalUK site has been merged into it).

Goto https://www.freeview.co.uk/ and scroll to the box "Check Freeview at my home", put in the postcode and house number/name and click "Check".

On the new page, amongst other things, you should see a mention of any Planned work https://www.freeview.co.uk/corporate/platform-management/planned-engineering-works
also whether there's any current transmitter issues - I've not always found the latter to be 100% reliable.

On this new page, scroll down just over half way and click "Detailed view".
You'll now see a list of any transmitters and their multiplexes that are predicted to be received at your location. You can hover over some of the information to get more detail/explanation, eg. hover over a channel number will give the transmission mode and the power in kW.

For which channels are on which multiplex see http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/channels/channel_listings
https://www.freeview.co.uk/service-updates is a page worth keeping an eye on.

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