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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 15/04/2024 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
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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), 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
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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 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?

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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.

Monday, 15 April 2013
Tom Linson
4:31 PM

Mazbar, your answer sums up arrogance personified. Its not for us to have to pay for a company to put right a change by a third party.

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Dave Lindsay

4:49 PM

Tom Linson: Your postcode resolves to what appears to be a block of flats which makes me think you might be using a communal aerial system.

Communal aerial systems sometimes contain filters that only allow through the frequencies used by the designated transmitter. Should this be the case, the system will need adjustment to allow the previously unused channels through.

Irrespective of what the issue with the aerial system is, it can only be fixed by notifying the party responsible so it can get an engineer to look at it.

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Dave Lindsay

4:53 PM

michael byrd: Ditto my comments to Tom Linson.

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Dave Lindsay

5:04 PM

J Hynes: Ditto my comments to Tom Linson.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
5:08 PM

ok the best ive got so far.....

unplugged ariel from tv ...did auto tune ...put ariel back in did auto tune the way this is with the box with the dvd player and hard drive switched off.

Then moved onto the box ...again unplugged ariel from box ...did auto tune ..then plugged ariel back into box and did auto tune...

BBC back at last dont know how long for ,at least i can record stuff at moment and set hard drive to record progs later on in the week

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eddie's 3 posts GB flag

5:37 PM

Tom Linson: sorry if you have taken it the wrong way what I meant is sometimes you need help if you have a problem that you find hard to solve. Lots of people have done the retune ok some tv's are easier than others on this site people post who have problems if you have followed all the good advice offered by dave Lindsay and jb38 you might need to call someone out. Winter hill covers about 5000000 people if there was a problem with the transmitter trust me this site would be swamped. Once again sorry if I offended you.

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Mazbar's 384 posts GB flag

6:30 PM

Tony Jaques: What I was really getting at albeit not said in so many words, was that the only thing that changed on that date apart from the muxes operating frequency was the fact of you having carried out a retune, an action notorious for having an adverse effect in many of these boxes and all being related to software issues, an issue which was never really resolved, and why the policy usually adopted by retailers such as Argos or Aldi was to either change the box for another brand or give a refund on the purchase price, although in the case of the former they were offering an updated (or so called anyway) model of the same brand.

That said, the other problem of dropping channels is mostly (but not completely) connected to the tuners fitted in these boxes having a low memory capacity, this being the reason for the advice with regards to manually tuning in the mux channels required followed by deleting all the unwanted ones as this in most cases usually rectified the problem, of course with the channel deleting exercise having to be carried out "before" the box was switched off.

Just purely out of curiosity, what software number is your box using? as anything later than 1.8 or 1.9 was known to introduce further problems to those already in existence, and indeed was the reason for the advice given to many to backtrack on their software.

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michael byrd
7:08 PM

Thanks for the info Dave Lindsay
il tell my flat tv engineer to sort the problem out once again thanks for the great info cheers mate!

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7:28 PM

I retuned my Panasonic tx-l32et5b on 11th April. All seemed to go well but I've lost my freeview hd channels.

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Ray's 2 posts GB flag

9:36 PM

Ray: Its not really possible to give any advice on this without having knowledge of your location, e.g: a post code or one from nearby such as a post office etc, but you should try carrying out another auto-tune but stopping it immediately after it starts, as that will have wiped out anything stored in the memory, then once you have verified that the epg (programme guide) does NOT appear just carry out a normal auto-tune.

Should you have any problems with carrying out the aforementioned procedure, then first of all carry out an auto-tune but with the aerial removed, then when completed and the "no channels" message comes on, reconnect the aerial and carry out a final normal auto-tune.

If the problem remains, then a post code will be required to enable the details of the transmitter that covers you area to be checked out.

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