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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.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Winter Hill (Bolton, England) transmitter.

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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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 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, 109 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, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 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, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 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! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 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, 63 GREAT! romance 1, 77 That's 60s MCR, 80 That's 70s MCR, 86 That's 80s 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, 3 April 2013
Dave Lindsay

6:07 AM

Frank: If you have a quad-LNB then you can get them with more ports on; search the internet. Swapping the LNB shouldn't require realignment of the dish (providing that it isn't loose).

As far as the dish goes, Freesat and Sky are 100% the same, so Sky in one or more rooms and Freesat in one or more others will work.

You may be able to get a cheap Freesat box. A quick search of the internet suggests that they start at around £35.

This assumes that there isn't a clause in your Sky contract which forbids this, or perhaps voids a warranty. I'm not familiar with these things, so maybe best to check.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Thursday, 4 April 2013
Ryan Flynn
2:53 PM

My TV has said no signal a few times this week and then came back on by its own accord. It has just this second gone off and has stayed off for the last 10 minutes with no sign of it coming back on. It just says no signal. I am off work with broken foot however i am a cctv systems engineer so do have pretty good technical understanding.

Is this due to works being done on winter hill? Or should i be checking closer to home?
Its just freeview.


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Ryan Flynn's 1 post GB flag

8:55 PM

Ryan see Transmitter Engineering Post dated 3rd April

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andy's 42 posts GB flag
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Friday, 5 April 2013
1:10 AM

I have a BT Vision + box. I live Warrington WA1 area, I am having problems with C58 programming ITV3 etc No Signal, over past two week. I have checked aerial,All other Channels between 30 and 100% signal. New LG LED TV connected direct to aerial bypassing BT Box, still same problem. Can you advise.

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Saturday, 6 April 2013
Ged Hughes
7:09 PM

Having reception/tuning problems 1st April and today 6th April. Looking at the TV tuning the signal goes from strong to 'no signal' intermittently. Can't tune the TV - this is either interference or transmission testing/engineering. What is going on - this bass to be down to the transmission! Not good enough to be disrupted in this way.

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Wednesday, 10 April 2013
12:48 AM

Have you sorted it out YET? Retuning for the 4th time tonight on a brand new tv only 3months old and a tv 5 years old!!!! 16 times in the last 2 weeks i've had to retune!!!!! Do what you've got to do in one hit and let us watch tv without interuption!!!!! If its a fault fix it NOW!!!!!

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Pissedoffcustomer@tv's 4 posts GB flag
12:50 AM

Why over 50% chanels now missing? Please put an update on this site and an appology!

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Pissedoffcustomer@tv's 4 posts GB flag
1:03 AM

No bbc chanels!!!! Not good enough as these are direct to tv liscence! Poor poor service, post s contact number we can all call as it is not avsilable online! Show you care about your public!

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Happy Freeview Viewer
2:05 AM

It's pointless keep retuning before 6am, wait til after then when the tv transmitter work is done

You have known about it long enough with the caption onscreen, put up with it or STFU

No one likes these retunes much and i'm not happy either.

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Happy Freeview Viewer's 1 post GB flag
2:51 AM

Pissedoffcustomer@tv, you've been advised this was happening for the last two weeks every time you switch your TV on. The effected channels went out at midnight (on the dot), and came back at 2am - at least for me in north Manchester because I've just retuned them....which, I might add, took a forty year old technophobe like me 5 minutes to do on two TVs.

If two hours of missing a few channels has got you this wound up maybe you should miss abut more and get out a bit !-)).

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