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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?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C32 (562.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) North West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C34 (578.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
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3 ITV (SD) (Granada), 4 Channel 4 (SD) North ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Granada),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C35- (585.8MHz)726mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
74 Shopping Quarter , 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD North ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 31 Paramount Network, 34 ITV3 +1, 40 Sony Movies Action, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 23 CCXTV, 28 E4 +1, 29 4Music, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 45 Film4 +1, 46 Challenge, 47 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 75 Yesterday +1, 76 Quest +1, 78 Now 70s, 88 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 32 Sony Movies, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 91 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

LM
 H -20dB
C56 (754.0MHz)572mDTG-121,000W
Channel icons
from 1st October 2014: 7 That's Manchester,

LL
 H -17dB
C56 (754.0MHz)572mDTG-122,000W
Channel icons
from 30th June 2014: 7 Bay TV Liverpool,

LPR
 H -20dB
C56 (754.0MHz)572mDTG-121,000W
Channel icons
from 1st October 2014: 7 That's Lancashire,

com7
 H -5.9dB
C55 (746.0MHz)726mDTG-625,700W
Channel icons
64 FreeSports, 72 Quest Red +1, 83 NOW 80s, 86 More4 +1, 89 Together TV +1, 92 Pick +1, 93 PBS America +1, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 209 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

com8
 H -6.5dB
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-622,600W
Channel icons


GIM
 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
Channel icons
 Spotlight TV, 62 Sony Movies Classic +1, 82 Clubland TV, 84 Now 90s, 208 POP MAX,

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
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 (139°)
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
VHFC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TW TW T
C9ITVwaves
C12BBCtvwaves
C24_local
C29SDN
C31com7com7
C32BBCA
C34D3+4
C35BBCB
C37com8com8
C40LOCAL2
C48C5wavesC5waves
C49tv_off ArqAArqA
C50tv_off BBCABBCA
C54tv_off-BBCB-BBCB-BBCB
C55tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesArqBArqBArqBcom7tv_off
C56tv_off+1_local_local_localLPR
C57tv_offGIMGIMGIMGIM
C58tv_offSDNSDNSDN
C59tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4D3+4
C60tv_off+C
C61ArqA
C62BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCA
C63+D
C65C4wavesC4wavesC4waves
C66+2
C67+B
C68+A

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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.

Comments
Tuesday, 1 October 2013
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

9:15 AM

Greebo: As far as I understand it, there will only be one service in Manchester. The existing one will "cease" when the "new" one stats.

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Briantist's 38,846 posts GB
Friday, 4 October 2013
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MikeB
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

8:02 PM

John Hoyle: I'm pretty sure your suffering from 'single frequency interference' . Single frequency interference | Freeview Interference | ukfree.tv - 11 years of independent, free digital TV advice

If the same thing happens at the same time every night, it cannot be anything natural, and since its happening from 9.20 to 11.10pm, then its got to be something on a timer. I suspect its central heating, because it didn't happen during the summer...

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB
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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

8:40 PM

John Hoyle: Purely with reference to the latter comment made by MikeB, should your problem be caused by any form of mains borne interference emanating from within your property then you can detect this with the aid of a small analogue portable radio.

All you require to do is select LW and tune it on either side of Radio 4 so as not to hear any trace of the programme and then turn up the volume higher than would normally be used, you can of course use MW if the radio does not have LW but the latter is best for detecting low frequency interference, but no matter which of the two is chosen place the radio in the same area as your central heating / hot water system or even just close to a mains socket or the cabling to, because should anything occur that interferes with the mains supply it will show up as a loud raspy type noise on the radio and with the intensity of the audio getting louder the closer the radio is placed to the source of the interference.

I fully appreciate your problem might be caused by some form of high frequency RF based interference, but if not then the procedure described is in most cases an effective way to suss out the source of the problem.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Monday, 7 October 2013
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Brit
4:11 PM

@Jenny,

I don't think you know how this stuff works, we don't move our aerials, they are fixed on the roof!

You are deeply confused!

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Brit's 11 posts GB
Tuesday, 8 October 2013
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Anthony
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

4:57 PM

Are the G Man channels on winter hill channel 57 like movies4men/Heartv/Capital/m4m+1/Sony SAB and FireHit TV available in North East Lancs via Winter Hill or will they become available more widely once topuptv closes?

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Anthony's 46 posts GB
Friday, 11 October 2013
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anthony
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

4:28 PM

No and No, they are only available in the Manchester area from a very low powered transmitter and the reception there is fairly patchy.

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anthony's 58 posts GB
Saturday, 12 October 2013
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MikeC
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

11:22 AM
Altrincham

Interestingly, I find the tv / stb make itself and its tuner sensitivity has a BIG bearing on just which channels you will pick up.

All connected to the same aerial, I find my Toshiba lcd is the most sensitive and picks up everything - including Welsh channels & picked up the G Man first. Whereas my Panasonic 32" LCD didn't pick up the G Man channels until months later & my Technomate 6902 HD Super still doesn't pick up all of Freeview stuff.

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MikeC's 64 posts GB
Sunday, 13 October 2013
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Martin
4:05 PM

On the subject of interference. Switch off all appliances in your home when the interference occurs. If the interference stops then each appliance will need to be turned off in turn to find the cause. If the interference is not from your own property then you can contact ofcom who will find the source. They have the power to ensure that the cause is removed. I did this a number of years ago and they traced the source to an arcing room thermostat in a house in the next road that happened to be in line with my aerial. Note that if you call them out and the source of interference is in your property they will charge you. It used to be £50.

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Martin's 1 post GB
Tuesday, 15 October 2013
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Greebo
12:00 AM
Manchester

@Briantist - that (see Oct 1st) may be your understanding but it is not mine. The G_MAN mux is a under a different type of broadcasting licence than the completely seperate upcoming local muxes. G_MAN is much less restricted in how it is configured- hence in a less robust mode supporting 6 channels whereas the new local muxes are limited to the licenced local service plus 2 more pseudo-national channels maximum. I can't see Canis Media wanting to shut down a useful testbed, however shoestring it might be, unless it is losing them money- and even then they could sell the licence on.

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Greebo's 2 posts GB
Sunday, 20 October 2013
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Stephen Crossland
11:00 PM

Having trouble with Channel 50. The BBC channel.
I live on the edge of reception and sometimes when need pick up the BBC from Wales.
Might be something to do with atmospheric conditions but I have not been able to tune into the BBC all evening.
That said I have been paying my BBC license fee since the '70's.
Could the signal be boosted?
Thought I would ask. Many Thanks

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Stephen Crossland's 2 posts GB
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