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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.

 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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 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, 109 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! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 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, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 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, 63 GREAT! romance 1, 77 That's 60s MCR, 80 That's 70s MCR, 86 That's 80s 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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tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
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, 29 May 2023
Transmitter engineering

4:09 AM

Winter Hill transmitter - Winter Hill transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 29/05/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 143,924 posts GB flag
Monday, 5 June 2023
Transmitter engineering

4:08 AM

Winter Hill transmitter - Winter Hill transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 05/06/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 143,924 posts GB flag
Monday, 19 June 2023
3:38 PM

Free view Chanel's still down in ST71af

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Gino's 5 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 20 June 2023

12:50 AM


Even though Winter Hill is still listed for Planned Engineering and you are some 63km from it, you are predicted to get a good signal on all 6 main multiplexes.
Now, there has been some quite variable weather related Tropospheric Ducting in recent days which can affect reception because of interference being received from more distant transmitters in Europe or the UK - not all multiplexes are necessarily affected, but this isn't normally sustained for any lengthy periods, nor is there normally any lengthy interruptions to transmission during engineering and even if they are on reduced power for a while, you should still be receiving signals.

Did you perchance Retune at any point when you may have had no signal for a short while either due to Interference or Engineering? If so this very often clears your correct tuning. It's not advised to retune when you have no signal or badly pixellated pictures if you were initially correctly tuned.

If you did, and you don't know if your tuning has been cleared, your best best will be to do a Manual tune for Winter Hill's UHF channels.
They are C32, C34, C35, C29, C31, & C37 that's in multiplex order -
You may also get the G-MAN Local mux on C27 and a choice of L-MAN on C24 (Manchester local news) or L-LIV on C21 (Liverpool local news)

See Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview for which TV Channels (LCNs) are carried on which multiplex.

If you are finding your problem persisting, check your aerial looks intact and is pointing correctly, that the downlead looks undamaged and isn't flapping in the wind, that you haven't lost power to any amps/splitters etc. and all you coax plugs are inserted correctly. Check if a near neighbour has the same problem. Then post back with more detail of your aerial installation and things you've checked/tried.

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Chris.SE's 3,680 posts GB flag
Thursday, 22 June 2023

5:32 AM

A very (very) old issue seems to have reappeared as of yesterday the 21st June.

The problem relates to older Sony equipment (such as RDR-HXD870 recorders) and basically renders them unusable.

Key points are channels such as BBC1 do not display.

The EPG is 'wrong', its the wrong colour for one thing.

Signal checks show 'tuning' and then the screen goes blank.

This was a massive issue 10 yrs ago and did get resolved by Freeview. The symptoms seem the same as back then. Factory resets etc (if they work at all) have the issue reappear when the machine does its background channel scans.

There was a huge thread on this issue on 'avforums' at the time as back then there were lots of this sort of gear in use.

Any thoughts? perhaps as to what has actually changed.

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Karl's 21 posts GB flag

1:20 PM


Winter Hill is still listed for Planned Engineering, whether that has anything to do with what you are experiencing I don't know.

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Chris.SE's 3,680 posts GB flag
Friday, 23 June 2023

12:54 PM

Thanks Chris, the issue has snowballed and is now affecting these products nationwide. Sony, the BBC and Freeview are all now involved. Apparently the coding for the EPG has changed and that has caused issues on some equipment.

Everyone is hoping they can/will fix this as there are lots of these older units still giving excellent service.

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Karl's 21 posts GB flag

1:09 PM


Hi, thanks for the update. I hadn't done a wide search but had gained the impression this was more than just Winter Hill. There have ben problems with EPG coding for a while, JS who is a poster here periodically complains about issues, I hope he's been in contact with BBC Engineering and Arqiva.

I'm also sure that there are other issues which only affect certain sets, why? Yet to be discovered.

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Chris.SE's 3,680 posts GB flag

1:23 PM

Karl: caused by slashless crids courtesy of WildEarth

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js's 819 posts AT flag

1:48 PM

Chris.SE: " I hope he's been in contact with BBC Engineering and Arqiva"

not a chance, old chum, wouldn't even try

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