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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, 25 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Granada),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C35- (585.8MHz)726mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
73 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
 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 42 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 56 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 60 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 74 Drama +1, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 4Music, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
25 Dave ja vu, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 41 CBS Justice, 44 HGTV, 68 CBS Drama, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 17 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
 Together TV +1,  Merit,  Court TV, 65 FreeSports, 71 Quest Red +1, 76 Now 70s, 86 More4 +1, 87 PBS America +1, 91 That's TV , 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

GIM
 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
Channel icons
 Spotlight TV, 63 GREAT! movies classic +1, 77 NOW 80s, 79 Now 90s, 80 Clubland TV, 88 Country Music Entertainment , 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?

1956-80s1984-971997-981998-20092009-1310 Apr 132013-1720 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

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 - more
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, 16 June 2015
J
js
sentiment_satisfiedGold

4:44 AM

Walt: The ch57 mux has been broadcasting fine since going "back to normal" - I use it daily to grab the EIT cos it takes 50 seconds rather than the tedious 270 of t'others.

Ensure your connections are good as HDMI sourced RFI can wipe it out.

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anthony
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

10:47 AM

I can confirm that ch 57 returned to my Sony TV and is still there. It disappeared from my Humax T-2 at the time and never returned. I haven't tried retuning the Humax to see if it re-appears as there is nothing on that multiplex of interest to me. The Humax signal detection shows a usable level and quality although GMAN is weak in Altrincham where I live.

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js
sentiment_satisfiedGold

1:52 PM

New today in the NIT:

begin Network Change Notifications

cell_id = 0000

network_change_id = 01
NetworkChangeType = Minor - service changed
network_change_version = 01
ReceiverCategory = DVB-T2 capable receivers only
start_time_of_change = 23/06/2015 09:00:00 UTC
change_duration = 01:00:00
invariant_ts_onid = 233A
invariant_ts_tsid = 200B

end Network Change Notifications

233A.200B is D3&4

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js
sentiment_satisfiedGold

2:53 PM

Nearly maxed-out the red bars with that last one.

Anyone know exactly what change the Network Change Notification is referring to?

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Thursday, 18 June 2015
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Mrsouth
6:11 PM

HELLO very SADLY I MOVED to the slum called blackpool . can't get no signal here . back in southern england I got 50 through indoor aerial.

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Friday, 19 June 2015
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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

8:43 AM

Mrsouth: If you are referring to "not" getting a signal via a rooftop mounted aerial?, then the problem has to be caused by a fault on the aerial system, as the Winter Hill transmitter (@25 miles) covers the Blackpool area.

If though you are referring to the indoor aerial previously used for reception in the South of England?, then you must have been located in an exceptionally strong signal area, as indoor (same room) aerials are not really recommended for digital reception unless used in area's close (within sight) of the transmitter.


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Saturday, 20 June 2015
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Heather wood
8:38 AM

Sky tv is working but other freebies tv sets say they've got no signal. At other times the freeview tv's do work. Can you explain?

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:12 AM

Heather wood: Sky satellite TV is not connected in any technical way with what its assumed you are referring to, that being Freeview TV via a normal aerial. However, its not possible for anyone to advise as to possible reasons for your problem unless they are aware of your location, this preferably provided in the form of a post code or one from somewhere nearby such as a Post office etc, as this info will enable access to details of the transmitter covering the area.

Other info which could prove helpful being, whether (or not) you reside in an apartment block connected into a communal aerial system?

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Monday, 22 June 2015
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James lincoln
11:11 PM

That's rubbish . I live in an extremely poor area apparently and get 100 percent signal and full freeview service via indoor aerial in my bedroom apart from interference no other issue . so don't put down indoor aerials Becusse I've found my indoor aerial has much better signal than my rooftop one and no lie ... I do have a good indoor aerial though .. I'd recommend using the german ones there best trust me ... The 30 pounds ones are useless for real ..

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MikeB
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11:41 PM

James lincoln: If an indoor aerial works for you, thats great, but generally, they are not that good. They are pretty small, and are of course generally right by the TV, which tends to be fairly low down. When customers ask about them, we tend to say 'they work as well as they work'. If your close to the transmitter, high on a hill, etc, then you might be OK, but one on the roof or even in the loft is liable to get a much better signal. Perhaps you should check your rooftop aerial if it does give you a worse aerial than an indoor one.

Of course to some extent you get what you pay for, but they are not generally recommended. You havn't given a post code, but it would be interesting to find out how you are getting 100% signal (quality?) in a poor area with an indoor aerial. And what sort of interference do you get?

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