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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 22/04/2024 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?

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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, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 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
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 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;
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.

Sunday, 14 April 2013
gerald tait
8:42 PM

II have no signal on my HD. Recorder. I had one before Wednesday

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andrew turner
9:14 PM

When I arrived home last night my tv said no signal. same again today. I have now set up the TV from scratch with the first time install and channel scan menu. I now find that I cant get bbc1 or bbc2 and 70% of the channes break up like there is either a poor signal or interference. There was nothing wrong with my TV before. What has gone on, is it going to be sorted, what can I do.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
If I cant get bbc 1 and 2 do I need a tv license ?


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Ged Hughes
10:14 PM

I have had a number of reception issues notably with my LG 'Smart' TV, but not so much with the Samsung HD Freeview box nor BT Vision box. I assume this is because of differences in the sensitivity of the equipment. This has been an issue for a few weeks and I am more than a little miffed about losing reception and having to retune in every way possible way, with factory resets, manual tuning, auto tuning using every permutation of cabling to get my TV to show anything that isn't at best pixelated or usually 'No Signal'. It is no coincidence that all these issues coincided with the Winter Hill 'engineering'. All that has been engineered is a loss of reception to facilitate a few phone users. The management of this has been appalling and the clowns responsible should be made accountable for this farce, hopefully by Ofcom! The signal strength and quality is insufficient where it was fine in the past. Although in Liverpool I can see the Winter Hill transmitter from my house and am in direct line of sight so I should be getting a clear signal and should not be an issue. Who is responsible for all this mess? As a licence payer I am not getting what I am paying for and the only reason more people are not complaining is because they are on cable or Sky and not terrestrial.

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Debbie Jones
10:43 PM

I have a Topfield PVR 5800. On 10/4/13 I lost all BBC channels ; I can view them on the tv, but not on the pvr. I can't record them on the pvr either, of course. Please help! A search doesn't detect them.

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Monday, 15 April 2013
12:14 AM

We have definitely lost signal strength in ellesmere port ch66 following the switch of the BBC MAX to Ch 50 on 10th April. I've seen the same on indoor, an amplified loft aerial and an external amplified aerial - using various freeview receivers. Strangely, some of the other MUX's are showing higher signal strengths.

This is not just of academic interest since I am now getting some break-up on BBC1 which was rock solid before. Some of the cr*p shopping channels which were unwatchable are now clear as crystal.

Has someone decided that the priority should be given to commercial channels over the Beeb ?

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Phil Parker
12:53 AM

Dave Lindsay: Live in Ainsworth, have 3 Freeview TVs. Retuned all after April 10th,Winter Hill changes. All BBC channels ,apart from HD, now showing poor signal strength. Each TV running on independent aerials.

Not a satisfactory outcome. Would like to know if/when it is likely to be resolved?

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m roberts
1:04 AM

since the retune have lost all bbc stations on freeview on upstairs tv with set top aerial with stockport sk2 area

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Sabre Rattling
3:20 AM

On this webpage
DIGITALBITRATE : Le debit des chaines en numerique - TNT UK LONDRES -

it says 544x576 for 'xxXpanded TV'
but when I've watched that channel I noticed that the picture looks a bit blurred unlike other channels eg 'The Jewellery Channel' that also say 544x576 (where any small text on screen normally looks crisp and sharp) and yet both channels are on the same multiplex DVBT SDN and timesharing.
a516digital: Freeview Service Update 16/01/2013:

Is it that London have 'xxXpanded TV' at 544x576 but the Granada region has that channel at a lower resolution? (SK118AS)

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Tony Jaques
7:27 AM

Hello JB38,
Thank you for the response.
I take your point about the PVR101, and indeed I did go through 6 before getting a reliable one with an early O/S!
But my main point is that on April the tenth someone changed something on PSB2. The PVR was OK before that.
I have tried a first time installation of course, but I have not tried tuning manually. Thank you for the suggestion.

Roland Debenham has a good idea though. I can receive Mol y Parc (spelling?) here in Stretford easily, and they might not have cocked that up. If Roland is in the Blackpool area he should be able to as well.

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12:55 PM

I found this site and posts today - thought it was just me! I am in Bramhall south Manchester - had no reception issues til the 4g install last Thurs, then like others I lost all BBC channels, since then i have done several installations/retunes.Although the BBC is back reception is poor - freezing, breaking up or no signal or sound. You never know from 1 hour to the next whether you will be able to actually watch a programme, mostly it is so irritating I give up and turn off.I have also lost the radio channel for talk sport and the sky news channel which used to be 82 on freeview - now it never appears. I am so glad to know it isn't just me! Haven't heard a word about this on the local news - is it going to be sorted out?Not everyone can afford satellite or cable..As I write this have been trying to listen to radio 4 on freeview - it's breaking up every few seconds so you hear about 1 word in 4 - useless.

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