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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),

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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, 13 May 2013
4:41 PM

Hi hope someone can help us.

our freeview tv started playing up a week or two before the winterhill retune (we live in bl6/horwich). since then our tv will only pick up some of the channels and they are totally unwatchable.

we went out and got a new bigger wide band arial. This has improved things slightly but we still have no BBC and most of the channels are still very blocky.

we have tried retuneing/turning off & retuning/ manual tuneing again/ factory reset ect several times but this has not cured the problem either.

when we go through the manual retune we have a strong signal(80%) but the signal quality is very poor (0-10%) it also drops in and out a lot.

we have even got a spear tv down (was goin to put it in the kids room but maybe not now) to try and that tv will not even pick anything at all.

we have asked several people near us if they to have had a problem but they all say its been ok but they all have sky/virgin.

Do we need to get a filter or something. Our tv is only 18months old and cant really afford to get another one or sky..

Any advise you could give us would be helpful. Thanks.

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rowie's 2 posts GB flag

7:30 PM

Rowie check BBC1 channel number should be channel 50 if its 45 its the Welsh transmitter Moel y Parc.

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andy's 42 posts GB flag
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Saturday, 18 May 2013
g gallagher
12:31 PM

i live at 82 holcombe rd bl8 4bt
i have no freeview signal for about 3 weeks

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Dave Lindsay

12:47 PM

g gallagher: If you use a powered amplifier (booster) then the first suspect must be that the amplifier has failed.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Monday, 27 May 2013
2:08 PM

Hi. Is there any indication when the Winter Hill transmitter engineering will be finished? My HD channels (on PSB3 BBCB - C54 - 737.8MHz) seem to be the only ones suffering. The signal strength and quality bars on the TV's tuning menu for that frequency are going up and down like a yo yo most of the day!

I live in Congleton - post code CW12 1SA.

Thanks for any help on this matter.


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Tuesday, 28 May 2013
sylvia stec
10:17 PM

hi,we had an engineer out to te tune the tv as wecouldn't get some channels'he got us several more than we had but we still can't get any BBC or ITV channels.we live in flats with a communal ariel and neighbours without Sky have the same problem.the postcode is BL2 2HW in Bolton.the Council don't deal with it it's a company called Avonline but they tell us to wait till all the changeover work has stopped....very frustrating and feel like we're being fobbed off

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11:13 PM

sylvia stec: The work lasted a few hours, and was completed in the early hours of April 10th, so yes they are fobbing you off. Also, only BBC and channels like Dave/Sky News changed their frequencies.

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Michael's 358 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

11:28 PM

sylvia stec: This appears to be an isse with the aerial system for which the party responsible is who you need to contact.

As Michael says the changeover happened within a few hours on 10th April.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 4 June 2013
Philip Cooper
10:37 PM

Phil C Chester: jb38 apologies for lack of communication due to severe dose of the lurgy followed by sciatica. Further apologies for in effect wasting your time. During my period of enforced inaction I gave serious thought to the matter and decided to call in the local aerial man. He sorted it in minutes. Not realising the significance of it, I failed to tell you that I have two aerials on a common down lead and in the box where they join together there is a filter unit. This it appears was reducing the signal for channel 50. I don't know why but no doubt you will. Many thanks for your efforts.

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Philip Cooper's 8 posts GB flag
Sunday, 9 June 2013
5:45 PM

I have a modern TV which provides high definition reception on BBC's 1 & 2, ITV and Channel 4. It's only just recently that when looking in the newspapers' TV page I find that certain programmes on Channel 5 are indicated as 'HD'. It appears that my new TV in not capable of 'pulling in' this further HD channel. Or is it something I'm doing wrong? Suggestions would be most welcome.

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