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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

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

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.

 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.

Saturday, 3 December 2011

10:21 AM

David: This is quite normal in the Northwest where there is a considerable overlap in the coverage of the Winter Hill and Moel-Y-Parc transmitters. As M-Y-P frequencies are found first during the scan any channels found are stored in the LCN (normal) positions in the channel list, with variations often being stored in the 800's. Clear the channel list by doing a factory reset, then manually insert the Winter Hill frequencies if your this is possible on your receiver. Otherwise start the scan with the aerial unplugged, wait until scan reaches C53 then plug the aerial in to scan the Winter Hill frequencies.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Sunday, 4 December 2011
12:48 PM

I m freeview on a humax tv i have never before had so many channels missing....since the middle of November on 4 viva and many othe channelsl i get my signal from winter hill i live in Southport ..........its always been perfect i do not have a freeview box both televisions are the same one is two years old HELP ....

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RUTH HUDSON's 1 post GB flag

3:21 PM

RUTH HUDSON: According to the trade view predictor you are capable of picking up a signal from Moel-Y-Parc as well as Winter Hill, so whilst on one of the channels that is causing problems (Viva) go into the signal check menu screen and observe if the Mux channel number shown is Ch55, as if its Ch48 then that's not Winter Hill, so manual tuning of the channel will be required.

Winter Hill uses: Mux Ch's62 (BBC) - Ch59 (ITV) - Ch54 (HD) - Ch58 (ITV3 etc) - Ch61 (Pick TV etc) - Ch55 (Film4 / ITV4 etc)

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Saturday, 10 December 2011
4:07 PM

KMJ. Thank you for your prompt and easy to understand response. Retuned telling box not to start until C53 and things were as they should be! Thank you

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David's 2 posts GB flag
Monday, 12 December 2011

11:08 PM

I have a Sony Bravia 32in Tv The model number is KDL-32V5500 Full HD 1080 Why can't I recieve channels like BBC 1 HD AND ITV HD Etc. Would I have to get a HD set top box to recieve the HD channels

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Richard's 67 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 13 December 2011
Dave Lindsay

6:37 PM

Richard: From what I can see it doesn't have a HD tuner in it. If it is labelled as "HD Ready" then that means that it will display HD, but not from it's own tuner. It will need a Freeview HD box to work.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Saturday, 17 December 2011
Robert Palmer
8:24 AM


In the LA13, LA14 area in Cumbria we regular breaks in transmission normally a few minutes at a time. It is not my installation as I have enquired from other viewers all over town. These breaks have occured ever since switch over, it becomes very annoying when the picture freezs and the sound is lost during the news or the likes of documentaries.
Please explain this problem. (LA13 LA) 

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Robert Palmer's 3 posts GB flag
Sunday, 18 December 2011
heather lord
11:13 AM
Lytham St. Annes

We are constantly each day loosing channels and then they appear again for a very short time. we, each day,loose itv channels for days on end and then the when they do return the picture and sound can hardly be seen or heard. some days it can be bbc channels that we can not view.. i have tried resetting the freeview tv each time we can not view channels but nothing is getting any better.. this has now been going on for 3 months..each time i go onto this website it says that there is nothing wrong with winter hill so what on earth is wrong... can some one help!!! the tv aerial is still in the same place on the roof so it has not moved.. the cable is ok...

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Dave Lindsay

12:33 PM

heather lord: Have you confirmed that it is tuned to the channels broadcast by Winter Hill and not another transmitter?

Run the auto-tune scan with the aerial unplugged and then plug it in when it gets to 60%. That way you will have the aerial unplugged when it scans frequencies used by other transmitters and plugged in for Winter Hill's frequencies.

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Robert Palmer
9:44 PM

In the area LA13/LA14 we experience intermittant breaks in transmission or the signal freezes. It is not reciever equipment as I have mafde enquirers and everybody in the area has the same proble3m. Could this be an EMC problem if it is who sorts it out. We pay to recieve a service without interference it has only occurred since the cahnge to DTV.

Please advise

R C Palmer

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