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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 27/05/2024 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 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 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), 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
Channel icons
 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;
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, 13 March 2020
Richard Simmonds
4:05 PM

Since retuning completely as directed in February we have had pixelation on many channels, which had been OK before.
Today I went through the first 50 channels and the first few HD channels; these were unwatchable or had no reception:
Unwatchable MPlex NO RECEPTION MPlex
11 Pick COM5 7 LM
17 Really COM5 8 NOT IN LIST ?
19 Dave COM5 48 ?
32 Sony Movies COM5 50 ?
38 Quest Red COM5
41 Food Network COM5
45 Fim4+1 COM5
46 COM5


How can I fix this? My postcode is CW12 3TW and the roof aerial points to Bolton (Winter Hill transmitter)

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11:38 PM

Richard Simmonds:

This looks like you may have picked up tuning from another transmitter for COM5 & PSB3/BBCB HD as the only change at Winter Hill in February was the move of the PSB1/BBCA multiplex from UHF C50 to C32, If you are having no issues with those channels in their normal LCNs in the EPG, it seems you shouldn't have an aerial issue. (Be aware that the BBCA mux is also simulcasting on its old channel C50 so that people with aerial problems have time to get it resolved before this ceases with the final changes on April 22nd. Those programmes will be found at LCNs 751 et seq. in the EPG.)

Probably the easiest way to deal with this normally is to unplug the aerial and carry out a full automatic retune which should clear all previous tuning as no channels are found. Then plug the aerial back in and repeat the retune, hopefully all channels will be restored in their normal LCNs. (For the time being you'll still find the old BBCA mux channels in LCNs 751 et seq.).

You should have no problem receiving all the main multiplexes PSBs1-3, COMs4-6, also COMs7&8 at your location. Some of the local Manchester multiplexes, you may receive with marginal variable to poor reception.
See Channel listings | Freeview for which channels are on which multiplex.

Post back and tell us if the retunes suggested resolve the problem.

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Chris.SE's 4,205 posts GB flag
Monday, 16 March 2020

12:52 PM

In the light of the covid 19 outbreak do you think the April 22nd retune will be postponed. I have 25 retunes booked in already.

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Mazbar's 384 posts GB flag

8:02 PM


The engineers who carry out the work at the transmitters do not come into contact with members of the public as a rule so they are unlikely to postpone their work. You may need to consider you own health security in light of today's Government announcements.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 17 March 2020
Grahame Phillips
5:33 AM

Since the Freeview Retune I have lost most of my HD Channels, I have done a Factory Reset of the Box, I have done an Aerial Out/Aerial In Retune and all the HD Channels are on the Guide. I can watch BBC 4 HD, QVC HD, QVC BEAUTY HD, QUEST HD and CBEEBIES HD all the rest say No Signal. When I try a Manual Retune Channels 54, 55 and 57 will Not Scan Due To Signal. I had ALL the HD Channels before the Retune. I have a Communal Aerial (which I know has been Upgraded but not gone Live yet) My Postcode is SK1 3PD. Any ideas?

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Grahame Phillips's 13 posts GB flag
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4:31 PM

Grahame Phillips:

The Winter Hill retune back on 20th Feb. only moved PSB1/BBCA to C32 and COM8 to C56. So you shouldn't be having any problems with the PSB3/BBCB HD multiplex on C54. Although IIRC there may have been Planned Engineering at Winter Hill last week which may not have helped. COM7 was already on C55, and isn't due to change channel and as you have no problem with COM8, I'm surprised you can't get COM7.
The mux on C57 is one of the local ones and is predicted to give poor reception at your location.

When you say the communal Aerial has been upgraded but not gone live, I'm not sure why the reception of all the HD muxes would be affected. Do you know if the distribution is a channelised system? Maybe something isn't set correctly. The Freeview Detailed Coverage Checker indicates there shouldn't be a problem with reception of these at you location. I would check if your neighbours are having similar issues and chase the building maintenance people if you all are.

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Chris.SE's 4,205 posts GB flag
Saturday, 21 March 2020
Ken W
3:34 PM

js: & Chris.SE:

Thanks for the suggestions guys. I did think of RDC but things have moved on now. Due to the virus situation I'll be remaining in the local area so will be able to configure things manually myself on the 22nd April.

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Ken W's 3 posts GB flag
Saturday, 28 March 2020

9:10 PM


April 22nd Retune is now postponed due to the Covid-19 situation, see….pdf
Putting postcodes into the Freeview Detailed Coverage Checker is now just indicating a date of 2021, presumably something more specific will be stated when it's decided in the future.

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Chris.SE's 4,205 posts GB flag
Sunday, 5 April 2020
Peter Whitehead
11:14 AM

Last week BBC4HD and QuestHD disappeared from my TV. A retune did not help. I use Winter Hill with excellent reception otherwise.

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Peter Whitehead's 5 posts GB flag

2:26 PM

Peter Whitehead:

Winter Hill has had Planned Engineering of late with "Possible weak signal" which in some locations might appear as No signal or loss of channels. Others have reported a similar loss.
A retune under such conditions generally just clears the correct channels as nothing (decodable) is received.
You'll need to do a further retune if/when the signals are back to normal.

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