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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 27/11/2023 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, 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, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 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 Christmas, 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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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 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 Christmas MCR, 77 That's 60s MCR, 80 Best Xmas Music, 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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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.

Friday, 4 October 2013

8:02 PM

John Hoyle: I'm pretty sure your suffering from 'single frequency interference' . Single frequency interference | Freeview Interference | - 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 flag

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 flag
Monday, 7 October 2013
4:11 PM


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 12 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 8 October 2013

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 52 posts GB flag
Friday, 11 October 2013

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 flag
Saturday, 12 October 2013

11:22 AM

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 flag
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Sunday, 13 October 2013
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 flag
Tuesday, 15 October 2013
12:00 AM

@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 flag
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Sunday, 20 October 2013
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 flag
Monday, 21 October 2013
Stephen Crossland
12:34 AM

It's back.
Thank you.

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