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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?

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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.

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

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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.

Comments
Wednesday, 23 March 2016
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andy
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7:30 PM
Chester

Can't get Bay Tv Liverpool in Chester any more. Postcode CH1 6BE

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Thursday, 24 March 2016
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jb38
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12:05 AM

andy: Your location relative to that of the coverage area of Winter Hills L-Liv Multiplex transmitter indicates Chester as being well outside of same, DUK's reception predictor somewhat backing this up by listing reception of this transmitter under the heading of "poor".

As no faults are listed against this station nor is there any engineering work taking place at same, I feel that your problem is simply down to the erratic signal levels frequently experienced with out-of-area reception during changing weather / atmospheric conditions, the signal from the L-Liv Mux having dropped under the level required for reception.

If your TV has a "manual tuning" facility? enter C56/754.00Mhz into the box then pause at this point, do "not" press search etc, as if any signal is being received the level of will be seen on the indicator bars no matter how low it might be. This procedure working on most (although not all) devices.






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Robert Lee
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10:42 AM

I live in N Wales, 39 miles from Winter Hill with line of sight to the aerial. BayTVLiverpool is received perfectly with signal quality 10 and signal strength 10.

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jb38
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8:32 PM

Robert Lee: Yes, but it has to be appreciated that your location is closer to the extended main lobe of the signal beamed out from Winter Hill, plus the signal path approaching your area does not run close to the ground, this being why DUK's reception predictor indicates your area as having excellent reception from all Muxes.

Andy on the other hand is well short of one of the side lobes of the signal, and which runs close to the ground from around 2 miles out from his location, this making the signal more prone to being affected by the surface of the terrain and what is growing on it, like for instance trees, the likely reason for most aerials seen in the area being mounted on top of high poles.

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Monday, 28 March 2016
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Jamie
11:02 AM

Hello . Recenly I got a new panasnoic tv I had a Sony tv before the Sony tv had 60% quality on hd channels and 90% quality on sd channels . But on the new panasnoic tv I can only get 20% quality on hd channels and 45% quality on sd channels. I swapped back to the Sony and there's nothing wrong with the aerail or cable . So whys the Panasonic tuner not pick up the same good signal .

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anthony
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6:48 PM

Sony signal metering has always been optimistic, 60% quality a Sony is quite poor. You have an aerial problem that the Panasonic is correctly indicating.

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anthony
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6:51 PM

Should read "on a Sony" but this site seems to have no edit facility to correct typing errors.

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MikeB
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8:14 PM

Jamie: In my experience, Sony tuners are very sensitive, but also pretty robust - its takes a very high signal level before they break up. Panasonics are also known to be sensitive, but less robust at high signal levels. So Anthony could well be right - the Sony is simply pulling in more signal over a poor connection.

However, whats the Panny you've bought? For the last year, Panasonic have a cheapish line with their name on it, which is actually made by Vestal, who make TV's for loads of other brands. So the Panasonic TV you have might not have an actaul Panasonic tuner in it. But I'd still check your aerial.

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Jamie
8:28 PM

So you mean my signal may be to high .?

My panasonic tv is 5 years old but dad gave it to me as it's bigger the Sony was only a year old . But the Panasonic tv is plasma and 50 inches .

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MikeB
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10:38 PM

Jamie : No, Anthony is probably right - you've a low signal strength, but the Sony will do its best with the signal its got. Different batches of tuners, even from the same brand, might slightly differ. I'm really surprised that a 5 year old Plasma Panny should be much less sensitive than a year old Sony, though.

So you need to check that the cable is the same, and perhaps the signal strength on the aerial with another TV, just to make sure you nail down what the problem is.

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