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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 27/11/2023 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?

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 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 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 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 Christmas, 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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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 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 Christmas MCR, 77 That's 60s MCR, 80 Best Xmas Music, 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?

1956-80s1984-971997-981998-20092009-132013-182013-1720 Feb 2020
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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.

Friday, 12 April 2013
Dave Lindsay

10:37 PM

Jean: In which case then it's likely to be your communal aerial system which requires adjustment for which you will have to speak to the party responsible.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
11:46 PM

I live in Southport. I have also re-tuned at least 10 times I have a Sagemcom Freeview HD box no problems prior to April 10th Now no HD channels at all.Tried Factory resets manual resets. Even the TV without the box connected is not right ITV1 is the Wales? one.The problem is at Winter Hill and they won't admit it.

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Ken's 1 post GB flag
Saturday, 13 April 2013

6:31 AM

Ken: there is no problem at winter hill so far I have tuned in 60 tv's with only 1 problem if you want someone to come out and look at it please call us we cover southport just call 01695558169 many thanks

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Mazbar's 384 posts GB flag
8:43 AM

For reference, according to my Humax HD's signal test menu:

Ch49: Signal 80%, Quality 100%
Ch50: Signal 80%, Quality 100%
Ch55: Signal 77%, Quality 100%
Ch58: Signal 76%, Quality 100%
Ch59: Signal 76%, Quality 100%

Oddly, Ch54 (HD) shows no signal no quality, yet is working perfectly. It shows similar signals to above on channel banner though.

So for me, the signal strength on the two problem channels appears to be higher. They are certainly not broadcasting at lower power!

My Panasonic TV (non-HD) shows all channels at 10/10 for signal and quality.

My guess is that 49/50 is being blocked for some, either by a misconfigured communal aerial or by some other box, like a VCR that is still outputting an analogue signal around Ch49/50.

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Ian's 7 posts GB flag
9:30 AM

No BBC signal/picture in Manchester since retune 3days ago.

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David Rogers
10:48 AM

It's pretty clear that some people are receiving a weak or non-existent signal from Winter Hill on Channel 50 - myself included.
I've just re-tuned an elderly neighbour's digital tv for her and it's now fine. My own tv is a 13 year old (but perfectly adequate up until now) JVC analogue set, used in conjunction with a one-year-old Panasonic Freeview recorder, and no amount of retuning attempts (auto or manual) or removing the aerial, make any difference.
It looks as though I'm going to have to buy a new digital tv, and/or a new aerial, or switch to satellite or cable (none of which I want or feel that I ought to be compelled to do).
It would be useful to know if the age of the tv or aerial is a common denominator amongst those who still can't get BBC tv and radio stations, despite following all the re-tuning advice.

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David Rogers's 12 posts GB flag
11:16 AM

Just thought i would let you all know i have managed to get back all the BBC channels. Did a manual search in the 800mhz band and then tried auto chan search, hey presto all back! Have been trying unsuccessfully for two days now!! very frustrating indeed. Thanks winter hill engineers.

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David Rogers
12:18 PM

I'm pleased that worked for you, but I've just tried a manual search from 802.0 MHz (CH62) to 850.0 MHz (CH68), which as far as I can go, and get the "no channels found" message.

I'm still none the wiser why some solutions appear to work for some people but not others!

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Dave Lindsay

12:27 PM

David Rogers: C61 to C68 have been cleared of TV services to make way for 4G.

If the obvious rescan doesn't work, is there a "hard" reset that is worth a try. Granted, this may reset all settings, but if it's the only other thing you can try then it is worth a shot.

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David Rogers
1:54 PM

Thanks Dave, but I've already tried a hard reset, with no success.

If the 800 MHz band equates to channels that have already been cleared, I don't know why it seemed to do the trick for geeman?


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