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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

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
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 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?

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 / June 2022 - 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.

Wednesday, 13 April 2022

12:33 AM

James Robinson:

As far as we know COM7 will close nationwide at the end of June because that is what the current licence says. COMs 7 & 8 always were temporary muxes. There is no other planned closures known (The D3&4 and SDN mutliplex licences have just been renewed, ArqA & B currently run until 2026).

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Chris.SE's 4,187 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 26 April 2022
8:59 PM

Why does my utube BBC i player and free view keep going off nearly every night my wife and i are getting a bit fedup can you help us please ?

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MR L HARDISTY's 1 post GB flag

10:37 PM

MR L HARDISTY: YouTube and iPlayer both use your internet connection, whereas Freeview is received via an aerial. If neither are working that would suggest that you have multiple faults or you may have some very serious cause of interference nearby. Does it go off at the same time every evening? It could be being caused by something operating on a timer.

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StevensOnln1's 3,638 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 6 July 2022
Dave Smith
10:48 AM


I must start by thanking everyone involved in creating/updating the Full Freeview on the Winter Hill (Bolton, England) transmitter web page as I have found this an invaluable resource over the years when retuning my various PVRs.

I do like the following features-

Choose from three options: List by multiplex List by channel number List by channel name

and was wondering if a fourth option of List by Frequency could be added?

I would appreciate a fourth option as I have an older PVR which deletes the recording schedule if I carry out any automatic retune which is rather annoying.

Carrying out a manual retune on the older PVR is no problem but having a list of which frequencies to retune would be of help. Even better would be the option to down load the various listing options as a csv file so that I could create my own Excel spreadsheet to aid in retuning my PVRs.

I realise that my suggestion for a forth option/csv file might take some time to put on the web page but do hope that my suggestions can be implemented in due course.

Best wishes,

Dave Smith
South Liverpool

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12:25 PM

Dave Smith:

Hello Dave. Unfortunately the site owner hasn't managed to get time to get all the information correctly updated since the 700MHz clearance. Whilst the main 6 multiplexes at the top of the page are correctly listed, the local ones are not. The frequencies of the 6 muxes are alongside the channel numbers.
The "change over time" list hasn't been updated either.
The temporary mux COM7 closed at the end of June when it's licence expired.

For the sake of clarity, here is the current data -
In the multiplex order BBCA/PSB1, D3&4/PSB2, BBCB HD/PSB3, SDN/COM4, ArqA/COM5, ArqB/COM6
Winter Hill UHF channels are -
The main multiplexes are C32, C34, C35, C29, C31, C37
The Local ones are Local Manchester, Manchester GI on C24 & C27.
Liverpool Local mux on C21, Preston Local mux on C40.
If you hover over the C channel numbers, it should give you the frequency.

See Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview for what should be the up-to-date list of which channels are carried on which muliplex.

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Chris.SE's 4,187 posts GB flag
Monday, 18 July 2022
Michael Martin

2:25 PM

I now live in Grove, Wantage. Where is my transmitter? Does it matter?

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4:35 PM

Michael Martin: It certainly won't be Winter Hill which is the page you've posted on. The Oxford transmitter should generally cover Wantage, but we need a full postcode to access the predicted coverage for your exact location.

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StevensOnln1's 3,638 posts GB flag

4:49 PM

Michael Martin:

As you undoubtedly know from previous posts, a full postcode would be required to give the most likely reception conditions at your location. In your general locale the most likely transmitter will be Oxford at a bearing of approx. 38 degrees (almost NE), rods horizontal. Have a look at your neighbours aerials!
The Oxford page has UHF channel details.

Depending on location, you may get some very weak signals of some multiplexes from Crystal Palace and/or Sandy Heath, but they will be very unreliable.

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Chris.SE's 4,187 posts GB flag
Friday, 22 July 2022
Dave Barter
9:14 PM

Strange effects on Dave (UKTV) on ch35. Intermittently it's like it can't work out the screen aspect and flickers briefly between wide screen and back to normal. It's not affecting the audio which I would have expected if it was poor signal or interference. No other channel affected and it continues during the adverts so that excludes it being program specific.
LA14 using NW region and Preston option.

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Dave Barter's 4 posts GB flag
Saturday, 23 July 2022

4:17 PM

Dave Barter:

It's most likely to be the current weather conditions producing some temperature inversion/tropospheric ducting which can affect different parts of the country at different times. Both Freeview and the BBC have current warnings about the possibility over the next day or two.
The affects can be brief or more prolonged, often affecting only one multiplex but sometimes several. Do NOT retune!

See Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview for which channels are carried on which multiplex.
You'd need to quickly flick to another channel on the ArqA/COM5 multiplex to see if any of those were affected in the same way as already mentioned other multiplexes may not be affected at the same time or to the same degree.

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