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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.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012
7:28 PM

Hi, i had a new ariel put up in October and new cables, i started getting loss of signal about a month ago i have replaced start leads and set top box to no avail - my postcode is CW1 is there a problem as Monday the tv was ok all day but tonight i have lost signal over an hour ago and got no channels receiving last night it was ok brilliant picture for 3 hours and then nothing on any station please help !!

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Monday, 21 May 2012
Mark Fletcher

5:12 PM

Tina CW1. A full postcode is preferable as to ascertain which transmitter or relay you are using in order for the true pros on here to give further assistance to you.

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11:21 PM

@Josh (April 18th) and @Briantist - yes Josh is correct to say that the "Channel M" channel is no longer being broadcast, however the local mux is still there on C57 albeit full of null packets. So the mux is being broadcast, but receivers see no channels. Maybe something will one day reappear, only time will tell.

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Monday, 28 May 2012
Mrs Morris
7:29 PM

Postcode SK6 1PF
Please help. I have a Sony Digital Recorder which I have had for 3 years without problem. For the last 3 months, not every time, but frequently, when I try to record a BBC 1 or BBC 2 programme, for some reason the signal switches to BBC Wales. It 'appears' to record for the programmed time but records a blank. The ordinary BBC 1/2 channels say 'no signal'. I have been in touch with Sony and have followed their instructions to delete the BBC Wales channel but it reappears. The problems seems worse when I try to record a series. I am an elderly lady so when you reply please do so in simple easy to understand terms. Many thanks

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9:10 PM

Hi, we've been having freeview problems for around 3 months in the Manchester area M33 3HF so last week paid to get the aerial on the roof sorted.Signal strength was low across all channels. We have a Goodmans GDB12XIT Digital Box. Initially BBC channels were recovered and working perfectly.4 days later BBC channels have a low signal and have no picture.Its the same with ITV 3, QVC, Gold, ITV2+1. ITV and channel 4 break up every now and then.
I have done a re-tune but this has had no effect.Have tried a signal booster and this had no impact either.Any help is welcome!

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Max Richardson
11:14 PM

I'm in CW10 and for the last 3 days we have had no signal at all!! I know we are having high pressure at the moment and the skies are clear, but this is ridiculous. When we do have a signal we suffer with pixelation a lot of the time too! Got Sky on the main TV, but the others are on Freeview. In the last 12 months had a complete system upgrade, all cabling replaced, new higher gain, all singing, dancing arial on the roof, also had a booster fitted on the roof by the arial, and an acentuator in the living room where the main TV is. Still have 'crap' reception, when we get any reception, that is. Any ideas?? We seem to fall between Winter Hill and Haseldean? Although i believe our arial is pointing towards Winter Hill.

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Tuesday, 29 May 2012
Keith Wright
8:14 AM
St. Helens

As I have stated before, digital TV has provided many people with worse reception than was enjoyed under analogue. I have now had 2 new aerials installed, 2 signal boosters and upgraded cabling and although matters have improved I still get picture break up/interference at leat 3 times per evening. There needs to be a digitasl TV Ombudsman; someone we can contact to dispel the myths of digital TV; I don't have bottomless pockets !

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9:08 AM

Keith Wright: You don't need an ombudsmen! You need to get rid of your boosters and use a small aerial. See Freeview signals: too much of a good thing is bad for you | - independent free digital TV advice please.

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Dave Lindsay

10:26 AM

Mrs Morris: What's the model number of the Sony? This may help us find the user manual so as to be more specific in suggesting a fix.

The problem is because it is picking up signals from one of the transmitters in Wales, probably Moel-y-Parc.

Could you describe what Sony instructed you to do?

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Dave Lindsay

10:29 AM

Jeff: Perhaps the signal level is on the high side, verging on being excessive at times.

See here:

Freeview signals: too much of a good thing is bad for you | - independent free digital TV advice

It might be worth fitting an attenuator. These are available for £3 or £4 from various online sources.

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