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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, 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
Channel icons
 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?

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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.

Saturday, 13 April 2013

8:00 PM

martin brown: Just as a footnote, it should also be kept in mind that engineering notices had been posted to the effect that the service from Winter Hill is liable to interruption from the 8th although no specific dates were mentioned, this being why I would not make any decisions on the policy to adopt just yet but wait an see what happens.

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Dave Lindsay

9:19 PM

Brian Ingersent: Your understanding is correct. Perhaps using Winter Hill is the best solution.

You could always retain your Windermere aerial and have a second cable to your lounge, or wherever it is that your aerial feed comes in.

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David Rogers
10:18 PM

KMJ: I obviously spoke too soon - not only do all the BBC stations disappear again once the receiver is switched off, they fail to reappear when I repeat the process I successfully followed earlier.

Back to square one!

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11:31 PM

David Rogers: Do selections 1,2,7,9 etc revert to "no signal" or are the positions in the channel list now empty? ie the channels were not saved in the memory?

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Sunday, 14 April 2013
12:12 AM

Just to add to everyone's issues about the sudden loss of BBC, Dave and Pick TV. This has only happened to me tonight. I did a retune on 10th April as prompted by an on screen message. Everything was fine until today. I ave five TV s in different rooms in a single boosted arial system. Two of them lost BBC so I did a retune and got them back on one but not on the other. O the one where it doesn't work it only doesn't work through the PVR, on that TV in the same room on the same arial wire the channels are all there when viewed directly through the TV. I also noted that the signal strength on the missing channels is a lot stronger than on the channels ha are there. Very very odd....

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Tony Jaques
7:31 AM

Hi there,
During the shuffle to satisfy the G4 'phone fiasco on the
10th something was changed in Winter Hill's Multiplex PSB2,
and that something upsets my Technosonic PVR101 recorder.
After a rescan (and any number of further rescans) the
channels all appear as expected in the Channel list and EPG,
and can be viewed. But the PVR will NOT record any of the
channels in the PSB2 multiplex - either by direct command or
as timer events. There is no problem recording any other
If the machine is switched off (not standby - proper off)
for a while all (and only) the PSB2 channels have
disappeared at switch on! A new channel scan results in the
situation as described above.
The only channel I watch in PSB2 is channel 4 (because I
won't watch a channel with a burnt in logo), so it is not a
huge loss, but what bothers me is that there may be a plan
to modify the other multiplexes in the same way, and I then
lose the lot.
I only know two other people with the Technosonic PVR and
their's are affected in the same way - so something has
changed in Multiplex PSB2!
Someone please fix it.

Tony (G3PTD)

By the way, I did work as an engineer for GTV for 30 years, so I am not totally clueless!

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David Rogers
8:54 AM

KMJ: All those selections say "channel unavailable" on the tv screen, and when the "Signal condition" option on the PVR is selected, each shows a strong signal but an empty channel, so the BBC stations are not, for some reason, being stored in memory. Neither is it possible to find them by changing channels when in the "Signal condition" sub-menu.

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1:55 PM

Tony Jaques: The fact of you having a Technosonic PVR101 (also known as Tevion 801 / or 1620) that was still operational is a bit of a record, as these boxes have a chequered history by being notorious for suffering from a large range of problems (including that of your present one) and basically caused by software bugs, manufacturers fixes in most cases having made the situation worse.

About the only thing you can do that "might" help the situation is to carry out a "first time installation" but NOT followed by an auto scan, but manually tune in each of the stations muxes one at a time storing results, then once completed go into the edit programmes list and delete all unwanted programmes including radio channels, this hopefully being a way to get over the problem.

If you wish you could try bypassing the manual tune after having carried out the "first time installation" and just use auto tune, but if this fails you will have to carry out the procedure mentioned.

Mux channel numbers used by Winter Hill. (excl HD)

50 - 59 - 58 - 49 - 55

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Roland Debenham
6:27 PM

Since the retune on 10/4, I have experienced pixelating and some dropout on my tv and pvr (Humax). My TV is very new (just over a week)so I carried out an initial automatic tune, and when I lost those channels on the 10 April, I simply followed the onscreen guide for the retune. It is this retune that has now started to ocassionally pixelate and drop out. I live in Cleveleys, Lancashire, and wonder if there is a better transmitter than the one selected by the autotune that I can MANUALLY tune to that would eliminate this problem. Unless the problem is being dealt with by engineers and will improve without any input from me.

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8:26 PM

Roland Debenham: It would be somewhat easier to give advice on this if you had provided a post code, or at least one from somewhere nearby within 1/2 a mile (at the most) so that the reception predictor can be accessed.

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