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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 13/05/2024 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
Channel icons
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
Channel icons
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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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.

Monday, 27 February 2012
Mike C

3:32 PM

just put on all elecrical appliances likely to be used - dishwasher, clothes drier & washing machine as well as mobile phones near unit - none of them affect the HD channels in daytime - but signal today of HDs down to 72% - all rest of Freeview channels at ususal @90%

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Mike C's 64 posts GB flag
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8:27 PM

My Tv is pixelating and loud clicking noises for well over a week ,I'm on the winter hill transmitter but it says no problems.My freeview is built into a flat screen tv .My mums tv in the next room is fine, hers is old type tv with a digital box.I have tried resetting and end up getting bbc wales and ITV1 wales and have to reset again to get correct stations.Please help!

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Julie's 8 posts GB flag
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9:02 PM

Thanks for that advice, I do have anti surge plug , so would one with a filter help? Theres no interference from mobile phones or anything electrical as had this tv for 4 years and no problems until now .

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Tuesday, 28 February 2012
Mike C

9:25 AM

tracked down what is happening with my HD sound problem - but solving it is another thing.
When I switch from my Technomate 6902 while watching a Freeview HD channel to my Panasonic LCD tv with built in Freeview - then switch back to Technomate - HD sound is no longer there on the Technomate - it is ok on all the other Freeview channels. It is happening any time of day - not just a night time occurrence. Signal on HD is definitely dropping at night though

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Mike C's 64 posts GB flag
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Sunday, 4 March 2012

3:40 PM

Two questions --

What is the purpose of the engineering work at Winter Hill for the week beginning March 4th, 2012?

Will this not affect all off air relays of Winter Hill?

(Since Lancaster, Saddleworth, and Storeton are not relays, these will not be affected.).

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Corin's 91 posts LU flag
Tuesday, 13 March 2012
Brian Springthorpe
4:24 PM

My old Mum lives in Rhos on Sea (LL28).

Strangely she can pick up a bit off Llandonna and also a lot off the the transmitter in the other direction. I am not sure if it is the Winterhill mast - please confirm.

So with her Freeview, she gets the best of both worlds with BBC Wales and Granada without having to have FreeSat (which is picks up all regions).

Only thing is she doesn't seem to have all the channels. Dave is the main one I've noticed.

Is there anyone else in this area that experiences the same?

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Dave Lindsay

5:09 PM

Brian Springthorpe: Look at the Winter Hill coverage map above. It should be receivable along Wales' north coast and the east of Anglesey.

See the full list of TV services (excludes radio) after switchover:

Freeview multiplexes | - independent free digital TV advice

This shows the six groups or "multiplexes" (or "muxes" for short) as they're known. Three of them are Public Service Broadcaster (PSB) muxes, these being BBC A, D3&4 and BBC B. The other three are Commercial (COM) muxes, which are SDN, Arq A and Arq B.

For each COM mux, see if the first programme channel exists in order to see if that mux exists. So look for ITV3, Pick TV and Yesterday, each of which is part of SDN, Arq A and Arq B, respectively.

Try manually adding each one. As your mother seems to have good reception of Winter Hill (albeit off the back of the aerial), then that might be worth trying.

For manual tuning, channels are:

ITV3 Llandona=C43 / Winter Hill=C58
Pick TV Llandona=C46 / Winter Hill=C61
Yesterday=C50 / Winter Hill=C55

For those that already exist, it might be worth looking to see what UHF channel they are coming in on so as to work out what transmitter they are coming from. This information is usually given on the signal strength screen.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Saturday, 24 March 2012
Mark Fletcher

12:37 AM

Corin.Sunday 4 March 2012,3.40pm.
Not quite.Lancaster,Saddleworth and Storeton are not main transmitters but they are major relays all dependent upon its main transmitter Winter Hill.If Winter Hill was totally off the air Lancaster,Saddleworth and Storeton major relays will all be off the air as such and will all be affected as such too !

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Wednesday, 18 April 2012

8:55 AM

@Briantist: You might want to update the multiplex listings on this page as Channel M is no more: Channel M closure sounds warning for local TV - Media News - Digital Spy

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