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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
Channel icons
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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C34 (578.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Granada),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C35- (585.8MHz)726mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 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, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 POP MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
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, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 19 others

LM
 H -20dB
C40 (626.0MHz)572mDTG-121,000W
Channel icons
from 1st October 2014: 7 That's Manchester,

LL
 H -17dB
C24 (498.0MHz)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,

GIM
 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
Channel icons
 Spotlight TV,  Now 70s,  Country Music Entertainment , 63 GREAT! movies Christmas 1, 77 NOW 80s, 80 Clubland TV, 87 Now 90s, 91 Classic Hits MCR,

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_local_local_localLPR
C57tv_offGIMGIMGIMGIM
C58tv_offSDNSDNSDN
C59tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4D3+4
C61ArqA
C62BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCA
C65C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

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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
Thursday, 28 May 2015
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DAVID
1:25 AM
Blackpool

Com 7 on the Fylde coast is at it again with the break ups,and no signal.
I am in FY2 0DP and have reports of similar in FY1.This has worsened over the last couple of weeks.
Aerial on roof and cable checked out ok.

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Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:30 AM

WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 11:27 yesterday to 12:05 yesterday. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 11:34 yesterday to 12:04 yesterday, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 11:34 yesterday to 12:04 yesterday, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 11:34 yesterda [BBC] MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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Dave Lindsay
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11:11 AM

DAVID: I don't know whether you're aware, but you could potentially require a different aerial for good reception of COM7 and COM8. This is because they are out-of-group as far as Group C/D aerials go. They are on UHF channels 31 and 37 respectively.

Further explanation:

Aerials, TV Aerial and Digital Aerial

They are also, according to Digital UK, on around a quarter of the power of the others, although at your location this would be unlikely to be an issue.

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:12 AM

DAVID: Digital UK publishes engineering works here:

www.digitaluk.co.uk/help_and_advice/engineering_works

Winter Hill is "Possible weak signal" so this could be the cause of your difficulty.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Friday, 29 May 2015
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:30 AM

WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 11:27 on 27 May to 12:05 on 27 May. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 11:34 on 27 May to 12:04 on 27 May, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 11:34 on 27 May to 12:04 on 27 May, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 11:34 on 27 Ma [BBC] MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering
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1:28 PM

WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 11:27 on 27 May to 12:05 on 27 May. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 10:34 today to 11:25 today, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 10:34 today to 11:25 today, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 10:34 today to 11:25 today, Ra [BBC] MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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Saturday, 30 May 2015
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:32 AM

WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 11:27 on 27 May to 12:05 on 27 May. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 10:34 yesterday to 11:25 yesterday, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 10:34 yesterday to 11:25 yesterday, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 10:34 yesterda [BBC] MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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js
sentiment_satisfiedGold

5:51 AM

Still no Service Information tables on the "Manchester Television Network" - MTN - multiplex. All six video streams are running but "FIRE HIT TV" is showing a blue screen and is missing its audio stream.

Found this:

"Canis Retail Television operates a Freeview multiplex licensed channel in the Greater Manchester area, on behalf of Entertainment Media Group, which offers broadcasters the opportunity to broadcast licensed channels. The regional DTT capacity can handle six video streams (channels) operating 24/7 and offers broadcasters DTT capacity at a much lower cost per household than national multiplex coverage."

"Transmission facilities are based at Arqiva's Winter Hill site, the principal site used for ITV and Granada in the North West of England. Channels allocated a video stream on the multiplex will have their own LCN (Logical Channel Number) which, if you are an entertainment channel, you are likely to enjoy a prominent position in the 50s or 60s on the Freeview EPG in the Greater Manchester area. Channels need to be able to successfully deliver content or a signal to Canis Television & Media/Arqiva at Winter Hill and an easy option is to take an existing broadcast feed."

Canis Group


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js's 790 posts GB
Sunday, 31 May 2015
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:30 AM

WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 11:27 on 27 May to 12:05 on 27 May. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 10:34 on 29 May to 11:25 on 29 May, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 10:34 on 29 May to 11:25 on 29 May, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 10:34 on 29 Ma [BBC] MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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anthony
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3:36 PM

Neither of my two Sony TVs are now receiving this multiplex nor is my Humax T-2, all the channels have gone from their EPGs. The T-2 signal detection still shows a poor but adequate signal level for ch 57. An older Humax 9200, daisy chained between the T-2 and the TV, still receives them and shows the EPG. I don't think these channels have a significant number of viewers, you could try raising the topic on Digital Spy.

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