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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?

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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! 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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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.

Friday, 14 September 2012

6:07 AM

There are a few puzzling items in the "North West" aka "Winter Hill" service tables at present.

Sometime in the last two weeks, the Time Offset Table (TOT) has had an entry for Ireland added to it, as shown below.

Time Offset Table
UTC_time = 14/09/2012 03:16:16
country_code = GBR
country_region_id = 0
local_time_offset = 01:00
local_time_offset_polarity = 0
next_time_offset = 00:00
time_of_change = 28/10/2012 01:00:00

country_code = IRL
country_region_id = 0
local_time_offset = 01:00
local_time_offset_polarity = 0
next_time_offset = 00:00
time_of_change = 28/10/2012 01:00:00

For quite some time now, maybe a year, Welsh transport streams "BBC A" and "D3&4" have been listed in the SDT.
These transport stream are not listed in the NIT so no frequencies are given for them, nor are LCNs assigned to the services on them.
They are, however, listed in the EIT, where full schedule data is present for the following services:

ITV1 Wales

Perhaps someone can shed some light.

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js's 827 posts GB flag
Saturday, 15 September 2012

12:49 AM

Thanks Dave, that accounts for the Welsh puzzle.

I've just checked the TOTs on satellite. There are two networks at 28 degrees East, namely ASTRA and Freesat, each with their own service tables. The ASTRA TOT has an entry for Ireland (to be expected since BSkyB officially broadcast to Ireland). The Freesat TOT does not.

So, why is there a TOT entry for Ireland from Winter Hill? Is this another case of accommodating a regional overlap?

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js's 827 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 19 September 2012
cliff kenyon
11:36 AM

bad reception yesterday and today.
Macclesfield, Cheshire, sk11 6px

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Dom Robinson
8:55 PM

I have a TV in the kitchen which doesn't have a brilliant signal, so low-strength mux TV channels will suffer.

In the last few days, my 4Seven reception has almost died. Is that mux having problems, please?

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Dom Robinson's 13 posts GB flag
Thursday, 20 September 2012
Peter Harrison
7:24 PM

I'm on the Wirral and pick up my signal from Winter Hill. Since the changes on 19/9/2012 I've lost the HD channels. There's not a strong enough signal on channels 50 etc, but no sign of them on channels 101+. Have retuned from scratch multiple times. Anyone know what's going on?


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Peter Harrison
7:54 PM

I'm on the Wirral and pick up my signal from Winter Hill. Since the changes on 19/9/2012 I've lost the HD channels. There's not a strong enough signal on channels 50 etc, but no sign of them on channels 101+. Have retuned from scratch multiple times. Anyone know what's going on?

Should have mentioned postcode is CH49 2QT and the aerial is a professionally fitted one on the roof.

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Sunday, 23 September 2012
5:46 PM

My postcode is WN4 9LG and I have recently attempted to retune, as per broadcast instructions. Apart from losing channel 8 - which was planned to be "local tv", and finding that the intention of channel 100 - planned to be a Freeview information page - still remains as the first in the adult lineup. I had also noticed that Yesterday and Dave did a number swap, but I recall seeing that changeover pre 19th Sept '12. I use two Philips digiboxes model DTR 220. Is the digibox responsible for this non-event? Also the intention to show channels 101-120, reserved for HD didn't budge but I put that down to having a ordinary Freeview receiver. Can you help? Advanced thanks.

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Dave Lindsay

7:59 PM

Charlie: See Updated - changes to Freeview channel numbers this week on September 19th 2012 | - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice

The HD channels and news channels did not move. They may be the subject of another retune next month.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 25 September 2012
1:52 PM

I have prog sent to numbers 800 and upwards that have proper channel numbers. The channels that this happens to depends on the make of freeview box. Why are the program numbers made up from two different locations in the transmitted data?

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