Full Freeview on the Winter Hill (Bolton, England) transmitter
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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 problemsThe BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Winter Hill (Bolton, England) transmitter.
Which Freeview channels does the Winter Hill transmitter broadcast?If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.
Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.
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 700 BBC Radio 1, 701 BBC Radio 1Xtra, 702 BBC Radio 2, 703 BBC Radio 3, 704 BBC Radio 4 (FM), 705 BBC Radio 5 Live, 706 BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, 707 BBC Radio 6 Music, 708 BBC Radio 4 Extra, 709 BBC Asian Network, 710 BBC World Service, 719 BBC Manchester (BBC local radio), 720 BBC Lancashire (BBC local radio), 721 BBC Cumbria (BBC local radio), 722 BBC Merseyside (BBC local radio), 726 BBC Stoke (BBC local radio),
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),
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 66 TBN UK,
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 Racing TV, Kiss Chat & Date, Proud Dating, ADULT Xpanded2, 16 QVC, 22 TJC, 37 QVC2, 237 TalkTV, 263 SonLife, 264 VisionTV, 265 On Demand 365, 269 Arise News, 670 ADULT Section (start), 724 Capital, 727 Absolute Radio, 728 Heart,
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 CRAFT EXTRA , 45 Gems TV, 85 Create and Craft, 673 ADULT smileTV3, 723 talkSPORT, 730 RNIB Connect, 731 Classic FM, 732 LBC, 733 Trans World Radio,
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 ADULT smileTV2, ADULT Studio 66, QVC Style, 50 GREAT! tv, 51 Ideal World, 72 Jewellery Maker, 206 Pop, 674 ADULT Babestn, 678 Xpanded TV, 699 ADULT Section, 711 Hits Radio, 712 KISS FRESH, 713 KISS, 714 KISSTORY, 715 Magic, 716 Greatest Hits Radio, 717 Kerrang!, 718 Smooth Radio, 725 Premier Radio,
from 1st October 2014: 7 That's Manchester,
from 30th June 2014: 7 Bay TV Liverpool,
from 1st October 2014: 7 That's Lancashire,
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-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?
BBC North West Tonight 3.1m homes 11.8%
from Salford M50 2QH, 22km southeast (140°)
to BBC North West region - 92 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;
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?
|SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB||(-7dB) 100kW|
|Analogue 5||(-16dB) 12.5kW|
|Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*||(-17dB) 10kW|
|GIM, LM, LPR||(-27dB) 1000W|
Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Winter Hill transmitter area
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 -
BBCA/PSB1, D3&4/PSB2, BBCB HD/PSB3, SDN/COM4, ArqA/COM5, ArqB/COM6
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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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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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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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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