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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

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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-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;
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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.

Monday, 22 June 2020

11:20 AM

com7 filled:

Video Bitrate (Mbps) sampled at 33 <= dPCR <= 37 ms intervals over 11 seconds for Arqiva C Com78 National (22/06/2020 12:16:33)
maximum | minimum | average | service_name
03.978 | 01.961 | 02.669 | BBC NEWS HD
04.752 | 01.494 | 02.988 | CBeebies HD
14.529 | 04.435 | 09.628 | QUEST HD
03.721 | 02.156 | 02.651 | QVC HD
01.223 | 00.531 | 00.881 | PBS America +1
03.481 | 01.383 | 01.891 | Quest Red+1
02.277 | 01.014 | 01.650 | More4+1
02.060 | 00.594 | 01.115 | NOW 80s
01.695 | 00.563 | 00.914 | FreeSports
07.994 | 03.572 | 05.493 | RT HD
03.652 | 00.729 | 01.655 | Together TV+1
01.888 | 00.886 | 01.422 | Forces TV
01.682 | 00.000 | 00.605 | Null Packets
03.977 | 02.217 | 03.263 | All Other Streams
36.825 | 36.825 | 36.825 | TS Bitrate

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js's 827 posts NL flag

11:29 AM

Relocated Services: North West

Shopping Quarter has moved from COM7 (A000) to BBC B (4088)
BBC FOUR HD has moved from COM8 (B000) to COM7 (A000)
CBeebies HD has moved from COM8 (B000) to COM7 (A000)
QUEST HD has moved from COM8 (B000) to COM7 (A000)
QVC HD has moved from COM8 (B000) to COM7 (A000)
QVC Beauty HD has moved from COM8 (B000) to COM7 (A000)
FreeSports has moved from COM8 (B000) to COM7 (A000)
NOW 80s has moved from COM8 (B000) to COM7 (A000)
PBS America +1 has moved from COM8 (B000) to COM7 (A000)
Forces TV has moved from COM8 (B000) to COM7 (A000)
Together TV+1 has moved from COM8 (B000) to COM7 (A000)

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js's 827 posts NL flag

11:35 AM

Get a load of those Null Packets:

Video Bitrate (Mbps) sampled at 35 <= dPCR <= 35 ms intervals over 11 seconds for BBC B North West (22/06/2020 12:31:54)
maximum | minimum | average | service_name
02.735 | 02.355 | 02.574 | BBC TWO HD
05.053 | 02.686 | 04.206 | ITV HD
05.327 | 01.035 | 02.731 | Channel 4 HD
05.267 | 02.897 | 03.879 | Channel 5 HD
08.420 | 02.866 | 05.187 | BBC ONE HD
04.163 | 02.317 | 03.061 | CBBC HD
01.339 | 00.944 | 01.127 | Shopping Quarter
01.326 | 00.723 | 00.955 | TBN UK
17.220 | 10.547 | 14.063 | Null Packets
03.596 | 01.800 | 02.425 | All Other Streams
40.210 | 40.209 | 40.209 | TS Bitrate

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js's 827 posts NL flag
Wednesday, 24 June 2020

6:29 PM

Will have to look and see what rubbish they had on BBC2 at the time with that abysmal bit rate !

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Chris.SE's 4,200 posts GB flag
Sunday, 28 June 2020

11:39 PM


As a result of reading some stuff elsewhere, question, out of curiosity what is your EPG showing for the moved COM8 channels? Are any showing a programme guide or are they showing retune and moved messages - in the EPG mind, not the on-screen captions.

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Chris.SE's 4,200 posts GB flag
Monday, 29 June 2020

3:01 AM


To add to the above, that's just the "moved" channels. I've noted that C4+1HD and 4SevenHD still residing in their original LCNs on COM8 still have programme guide data, and funnily enough so do the moved 4Music and 4Seven from COM6 a while back still carry programme guide data. All do have on-screen cease/retune captions as relevant.

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Chris.SE's 4,200 posts GB flag

9:06 AM

Here is the now of the now/next for com7 and com8 services :

55,5STAR+1,View 5STAR on Ch30, 5STAR+1 unavailable
56,5USA+1,View 5USA on Ch21, 5USA+1 unavailable
64,FreeSports,Live: Dream11 ECS Cricket
69,CBS Justice +1,Continue to watch CBS Justice on ch. 39
71,CBS Reality +1,Continue to watch CBS Reality on ch. 66
72,Quest Red+1,Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta
83,NOW 80s,Wake Me Up Before You Go Go!
89,Together TV+1,Teleshopping
92,Pick+1,..programmes no longer available
93,PBS America +1,Teleshopping
96,Forces TV,The Aviators
106,BBC FOUR HD,This is BBC Four
107,BBC NEWS HD,Breakfast
109,Channel 4+1 HD,Cheers
110,4seven HD,Teleshopping
111,QVC HD,Tweak'd By Nature Haircare
112,QVC Beauty HD,..programmes start again at 2am
113,RT HD,Renegade Inc.
114,QUEST HD,Deadliest Catch
115,TJC HD,Affordable Luxury
205,CBeebies HD,Bitz & Bob
209,CBeebies HD,CBeebies HD has moved
786,FreeSports,Please rescan now
787,NOW 80s,Please rescan now
788,PBS America +1,Please rescan now
789,Forces TV,Rescan for Forces TV Now!
790,QVC HD,QVC HD Has Moved
791,QVC Beauty HD,QVC Beauty HD Has Moved
796,Shopping Quarter,Shopping Quarter Round Up
797,QUEST HD,Quest HD Has Moved
798,BBC FOUR HD,BBC Four HD has moved
799,Together TV+1,Together TV+1 Has Moved - Please Rescan

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js's 827 posts US flag
11:48 AM

Following the recent retune, both my TV/Humax systems which have separate aerials both tuned to Winter Hill can no longer receive any of the channels within the COM7 and COM8 groups, including BBC4HD and QuestHD. Yet the Freeview website "postcode predictor" says I should be able to receive them. The Freeview "Help" adviser did not seem to know much, and said that they "have not changed" COM7 at Winter Hill. Is this loss of channels permanent, or regarded as a fault which they will try to fix? Is there any way to get these channels back in the meantime?

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Bob's 2 posts GB flag

2:30 PM


I can't see any faults reported by the BBC or Freeview and Winter Hill isn't listed for Planned Engineering.
Apart from retuning, have you changed anything at all in your instillation, even just moving leads?
Can you provide your full postcode so that we can look at your predicted reception?

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Chris.SE's 4,200 posts GB flag

2:43 PM


Thanks, as expected ;)

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