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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 02/10/2023 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?

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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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 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
Channel icons
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, 109 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! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 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! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 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, 63 GREAT! romance 1, 77 That's 60s MCR, 80 That's 70s MCR, 86 That's 80s 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
C49tv_off ArqAArqA
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;
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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, 8 July 2013
Mike Dimmick

2:42 PM

Mike Harris:
Digital UK Industry - Technical news archive 2013
says COM4/SDN on C58. The other two moves - G.O.L.D. to 26 and Home from 26 to 54 - are also on COM4/SDN.

The new BT Sport channels are on COM6/ArqB: C55.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 10 July 2013
2:20 PM

Really confused by all this stuff.

Live in manchester and this is my closest transmitter, but I can only get the channels on C59 and nothing else. How do I get more? Can I be connected to a few C's?

Thanks for your help.

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maryam's 6 posts GB flag
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Sunday, 14 July 2013
3:24 AM


Yes, you are absolutely right in saying its confusing (so much for progress!). I am assuming that you have a digital aerial for your TV (?), or maybe its an analogue aerial with a digibox to compensate - in other words I don`t know what your setup is but to get other channels besides the Channel 59 which you say you have, try this;

If you just have a TV linked to the roof aerial (with no VCR or DVD recorder hooked up to the TV), then using its remote, bring up on screen and scroll through the relevant settings which brings you to the `Tuning` of channels.
At that point you will have the choice of either `Automatic` tuning or `Manual` tuning. Choose `Automatic` and click for the TV to start scanning. It will take a few minutes but it will search for all the channels that are out there. Once its done, with a bit of luck you should have, at the very least, the following channels (besides 59 of course), which are 49, 50, 58, and 55.
Check to see what you`ve got. As you live in Manchester, as I do, you might, I`m not saying you will, but you might find that you have now got the WELSH versions of BBC1, BBC2, ITV and Channel Four. If this is the case then you will have to retune again, this time with a MANUAL scan. To do that, do as follows;
REMOVE the aerial from the back of the TV, and then do an AUTOMATIC scan again - yes thats right, an Automatic scan, Why? Because by doing that you are deleting everything from the original search but do not panic - all you are doing is preparing a clean slate to try again. DON`T worry about any prompts that may come up on your screen during this phase saying things like ` No aerial connection, please check` etc, just let the automatic search do its thing. Once its done, come back out of the settings page and RECONNECT the aerial.
Now go back to the `Tuning` page where you had the choice of either `Automatic` or `Manual` and this time choose Manual. On this screen you should find the all important Channel Number, or `C` number, such as C59 in your case. This is the number which you will have to change by using the Up/Down or Left/Right keys on your remote. OK?
So referring to the channels I mentioned above, lets try 49 first, using the keys on your remote, once you`ve got it, click search and let it scan for channels on that number, once its done, it should tell you how many channels were found on that particular number, THEN change that main channel number again, this time to the number 50, and click search for that one, and so on, until you have separately scanned the following numbers - 49, 50, 55, 58 and 59.
If you have HD (high definition) equipment then also try 54 ( as that has all the HD channels on it).

And that is whats called manual tuning. Hopefully that will have done the trick for you.
Good luck.

NB If you do have a VCR or DVD recorder hooked up to your TV, then the same process of tuning applies to each machine, they have to be tuned separately using their own remotes.

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JC's 4 posts GB flag
Monday, 15 July 2013
6:03 PM

Thanks very much for the above. I've done everything you've said above. Been able to get a few more channels on C58. C49 shows that there is signal but doesn't connect.

My Tv has built in freeview. So I kind of thing I need a stronger ariel.

Thanks for all you help.

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maryam's 6 posts GB flag
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Tuesday, 16 July 2013
5:12 AM


Yes, I think getting a proper digital aerial will solve your problem, (if the professional who fits it is worth his salt, then he should also be able to help in obtaining the channels for you as a matter of course).
Good luck and regards

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JC's 4 posts GB flag

5:13 PM

There's no such thing as a 'digital' aerial, see the BBC website for a discussion about UHF aerials and elsewhere on this site. Try BBC - Help receiving TV and radio - aerials for digital terrestrial TV or….pdf for useful information.
A good UHF aerial of either Yagi, modified Yagi or wideband design will be suitable for any DTV reception. The nature of the modulation content has NO effect on the transmission, propagation and reception of the carrier signal. It is the reception aspect that is done by the aerial. The decoding of the signal is done by the television or STB.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
5:55 PM

Would it make a difference/worth my while getting an indoor aerial?

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maryam's 6 posts GB flag
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8:10 PM

Could someone please help me with my TV signal? Ever since the changes in April my reception has been affected, for a while it was ok but recently I have lost signal for all channels on ch49 and ch50. I am in SK8, have a Toshiba tv with integrated freeview and am wondering if there is anything I can do to sort the problem? I have tried resetting the tv and retuning it but that does not improve the signal, the channels are there just have poor signal. Any help would be most appreciated.

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Alex's 3 posts GB flag

9:20 PM

maryam: If you are receiving Freeview from the Winter Hill transmitter located at approximately 17 miles away, then I very much doubt if you would be able to receive anything using an indoor (set top) aerial.

What type of aerial are you presently using?

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
9:33 PM

jb38: Oh ok, thanks for that. it's a Yagi aerial I think. Signal has got better today on C59 but still not BBC channels at all (C49).

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