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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 02/10/2023 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?

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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! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 68 RealityXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 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, 65 That's 60s, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 80s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 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! Movies Christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies +1, 63 Great! Movies Christmas 1, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 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 60s MCR, 77 That's 70s MCR, 80 That's 80s MCR, 86 That's 90s, 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.

Thursday, 2 February 2012
4:56 PM

I don't have a problem at all. Not only do I get all the Freeview channels I would expect to, I even get a handful from the Welsh transmitters (which, as a rugby fan, is handy.)
My query was because I was visiting the Isle of Man when they switched over, and they didn't get some of the freeview channels which I would have expected (e.g. 5USA, 5*, Dave, etc)
When I asked the "experts" why, they said that there are only a limited number of freeview channels that are guaranteed to all.
If I understand you correctly, these are the PSBs?

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Dave Lindsay

5:26 PM

Dave: 5USA, 5* and Dave are on the commercial (COM) multiplexes and none of the transmitters on the Isle of Man carry them; they are PSBs only.

As I said, see this page for the multiples (groups of channels):

Freeview multiplexes | - independent free digital TV advice

PSBs are BBC A, D3&4 and BBC B.

COMs are SDN, ArqA and ArqB

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Sunday, 12 February 2012
Walt Johnson
11:11 AM

The MEN multiplex in the Manchester area is no longer broadcasting the men's movie channels. There was a place holder, but even they seem to have gone now. (53.4243,-2.3179) 

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J Alder
9:17 PM

Hi I have had my freeview plus box for 1.5 years and never had a problem however in the last month it has been pausing, skipping, freezing and very painfully slow also missing programmed recording. My parents who live close also have had the same problem I have tried resetting it, unplugging etc.. And it's not made a difference.

Can anyone advise the way forward??

J Alder - congleton

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Monday, 13 February 2012
Dave Lindsay

10:45 AM

J Alder: Which channels are causing the issue?

If your aerial is facing Winter Hill, then you could have picked up the Congleton relay which is mounted on the water tower.

This transmitter only carries the Public Service Broadcaster (PSB) services which are BBC, ITV1, ITV2, C4, E4, More4, C5, HD and a few others. If these are the only affected ones, perhaps the receivers have tuned to it instead of Winter Hill.

To find out, bring up BBC One and go to the signal strength screen. Winter Hill is on channel 62 and Congleton is on channel 44. If this doesn't match the direction the aerial is facing, then that's the problem.

Do the same for ITV1 which is on channel 59 from Winter Hill and channel 41 from Congleton.

If any of these devices have HD, then bring up one of those services. For Winter Hill it is channel 54 you need and for Congleton it is channel 47.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Sunday, 26 February 2012

2:41 PM

Walt Johnson: I have removed the information about those channels from the page.

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Monday, 27 February 2012

6:49 AM

Mike C: The problem could have been interference, this would not be listed as it doesn't happen at the transmitter. See Freeview intermittent interference | - independent free digital TV advice

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Mike C

9:39 AM

Whatever it is - it only seems to affect the 4x HD channels sound - picture is perfect - and the Technomate 6902 is unusual in that it shows me the signal strength when switching to each channel - the HDs seeming to drop signal strength at night to 50 / 55% - the rest of the channels stay as they have been all day - 85%ish - as indeed the HDs aare in the day. Last night (Sunday)was just the same as Saturday - no sound on HDs, strength down at 58%, picture ok - tried this morning - all HDs ok and signal at 90%

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Mike C

9:43 AM

will try the mobile & portable phone distance route to see if this is the 'interference' problem

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Mike C

10:42 AM

Mike C: just tried mobile phone & hands free portable phone - makes no impact even placed next to set top box - so no go there

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