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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C32 (562.0MHz)726mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C34 (578.0MHz)726mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Granada),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C35- (585.8MHz)726mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 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, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

LM
 H -20dB
C40 (626.0MHz)572mDTG-121,000W
Channel icons
from 1st October 2014: 7 That's Manchester,

LL
 H -17dB
C24 (498.0MHz)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,

GIM
 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
Channel icons
 Spotlight TV,  Now 70s,  Country Music Entertainment , 63 GREAT! movies Christmas 1, 77 NOW 80s, 80 Clubland TV, 87 Now 90s, 91 Classic Hits MCR,

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
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 ArqAArqA
C50tv_off BBCABBCA
C54tv_off-BBCB-BBCB-BBCB
C55tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesArqBArqBArqBcom7tv_off
C56tv_off_local_local_localLPR
C57tv_offGIMGIMGIMGIM
C58tv_offSDNSDNSDN
C59tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4D3+4
C61ArqA
C62BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCA
C65C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

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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
Thursday, 13 October 2011
Briantist
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9:41 AM

Robert Lee: They are mostly 1440x1080, but sometimes the source material is lower resolution. The BBC have operated BBC HD at 1920x1080 for testing purposes. A comparison of TV, HDTV and computer monitors | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice for more.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Monday, 17 October 2011
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Nedbod
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9:45 PM

I thought the Channel M multiplex from Winter Hill had a much reduced coverage Brian ?

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Nedbod's 619 posts GB
Friday, 21 October 2011
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Dave Pace
10:59 AM
Stockport

I live in Stockport and receive signal from WInter Hill. Reception has always been good. Late September on both TV 7 DVD recorder I started to get periodic bits of pixalation on the screen. Now I have lost Film4, ITV4 & Yesterday group completely. Aerial is a relatively new digital one, located on the roof. I have retuned but this hasnt made any difference. I have another TV on a standard aerial (located at the other end of the roof) which feeds through a digibox. This receives the channels no problem.
Any ideas ?

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Mazbar
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3:34 PM

Hi brian is there any information on the clearance of channel 61 & 62 like when it may happen and what numbers they might go to. Could this be a good for business to start to get customers to change from old cd aerials to wideband now and not at the last moment all the best anthony c and a aerials ormskirk

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Mike Dimmick
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5:15 PM

Mazbar: Channel moves have to be negotiated with neighbouring countries, for the highest-output transmitters. The Geneva 2006 frequency plan for Europe, Africa and the Middle East shows an interaction with Ireland, for Winter Hill.

I'd guess that they will be moved to C49 and C50, on the basis that those channels have been cleared from the Sutton Coldfield and Emley Moor plans. These are still in Group C/D. If those aren't possible, I'm sure great efforts will be taken to keep in Group C/D if at all possible, as Winter Hill has the second-largest population coverage in the country, after Crystal Palace, and just beating Sutton Coldfield.

However, the plans for C31 to C37 are still not finalized; Arqiva have been asked to provide Reference Offers for Network Access for up to three new multiplexes in this space. A wideband aerial would be needed for best results on these frequencies. A Group E might be good enough down at C31, which I see is a possible allocation at Winter Hill. International clearance would also be required for these channels, though, so don't treat those as definite allocations.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB
Saturday, 22 October 2011
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Mazbar
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6:39 PM

Mike the main problem with moving a channel to 49 is that wales transmited on 49 as well so all the house's in the north west will need re tuning as well as all of north wales what might they do ?

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Mazbar's 384 posts GB
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
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Mick
6:53 PM

On Sunday 9 October 2011 11:32PM Nedbod
wrote "I'd be interested to know how many more viwers can now see FILM FOUR in the North West & beyond since the WINTER HILL ARQ B Multiplex power increased from about 10kW to 100kW on 21 Sep 11, plus how far this signal is now available now, with a STANDARD GROUP C/D Aerial ? "

I live in Whaley Bridge & can get all Freeview channels with a std Blake SR18 CD aerial. However, there is a 24dB variable gain masthead amp strapped to it. I get a reflected signal too as Black Hill is between my house & Winter Hill. My aerial points almost directly towards where Emley Moor is (can also receive Freeview from there but nowhere near as good quality due to wrong aerial group & big hills in the way). Film 4 etc has improved a lot since the power increase. The occasional picture break up I get I can live with - this seems to be mostly caused by traffic going past my house, no doubt adding further reflected signals to the one I'm already receiving.



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