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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 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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +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 1 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
Saturday, 10 March 2018
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STe
3:09 PM

and it turned out to be corrupted EPG data.

Yes, my EPG has been playing up since January. Taking sometimes until the day itself to update when it used to be a week ahead.

js - thanks, yes.

I've retuned it back to 31 for now, but since that's the one from back in Jan I assume we're going to lose that pretty soon?

More importantly, why has it gone from COM 8 where it should be?

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js
sentiment_satisfiedGold

3:53 PM

David: The appearance of the Com78 National network on com7 and com8, around 15/01/2018, is a significant change.

The EIT-schedule on Com78 National has an overall cycle time of 900 seconds and carries full 8-day schedule for 1196 services, in what appears to be all mainland multiplexes - everything but NI and CI.

The EIT-present/following (now/next) cycles in 8 seconds for all 1196 services.

Whatever the reason for the behaviour of the Digital Stream, it would seem there is no fault in the broadcast data since other devices are coping.



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js's 792 posts GB
Wednesday, 14 March 2018
S
STe
10:01 PM

Quote: Whatever the reason for the behaviour of the Digital Stream, it would seem there is no fault in the broadcast data since other devices are coping.


I've retuned on two different types of device by two different manufacturers and BBC4 HD has disappeared from COM8, which I'm getting a strong signal.

Seems unlikely it's not the transmitter.

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STe's 8 posts GB
Thursday, 15 March 2018
R
Ray Hughes
11:36 AM

I'm having trouble with signal strength on com78 national 746mhz ch55 16 channels affected I live in site of winterhill transmitter 10 -12 miles away postcode M24 4

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Friday, 16 March 2018
J
js
sentiment_satisfiedGold

10:33 AM

STe: Quote: "BBC4 HD has disappeared from COM8"

That is not possible. All services on a multiplex will be present if any are present.

You need to explain exactly what you mean.

And the Make and Model of your device is?

You do know BBC FOUR HD is only on at night and CBeebies HD replaces it during the day?

A non-standard device may need to scan when BBC FOUR HD is running to find it.

Daytime CBeebies HD:
Video Bitrate (Mbps) sampled at 35 <= dPCR <= 35 ms intervals over 10 seconds for Arqiva D Com78 National (16/03/2018 09:52:59)
maximum | minimum | average | service_name
05.817 | 03.968 | 04.817 | QVC HD
06.260 | 04.544 | 05.324 | CBeebies HD
06.794 | 01.274 | 02.937 | BT Showcase HD
02.125 | 01.420 | 01.693 | 5STAR+1
01.660 | 01.331 | 01.508 | PBS America
01.326 | 00.986 | 01.177 | Forces TV
00.608 | 00.552 | 00.563 | More4+1
02.264 | 01.556 | 01.931 | FreeSports
01.711 | 00.552 | 00.761 | Rocks & Co 1
03.101 | 00.640 | 01.168 | Together
16.809 | 05.695 | 12.059 | Null Packets
05.100 | 01.672 | 02.887 | All Other Streams
36.825 | 36.825 | 36.825 | TS Bitrate

Nighttime BBC FOUR HD:
Video Bitrate (Mbps) sampled at 33 <= dPCR <= 37 ms intervals over 10 seconds for Arqiva D Com78 National (28/01/2018 03:45:28)
maximum | minimum | average | service_name
05.480 | 02.739 | 03.958 | QVC HD
01.807 | 01.420 | 01.556 | BBC FOUR HD
03.481 | 01.833 | 02.515 | BT Showcase HD
02.609 | 00.572 | 01.004 | 5STAR+1
01.741 | 01.390 | 01.608 | PBS America
02.446 | 00.521 | 01.092 | Forces TV
02.003 | 00.562 | 01.168 | More4+1
01.993 | 01.534 | 01.794 | FreeSports
02.401 | 00.562 | 01.270 | Rocks & Co 1
01.250 | 00.667 | 00.917 | Together
20.794 | 13.363 | 17.214 | Null Packets
05.354 | 01.632 | 02.728 | All Other Streams
36.825 | 36.825 | 36.825 | TS Bitrate

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STe
6:41 PM

js: I think I misread your earlier comment where you said.

Since 7 March.
COM8 is on 554 MHz, UHF 31
ARQB is on 602 MHz, UHF 37
COM7 is on 746 MHz, UHF 55

Is this correct?

I was going by the data on this page (not in the comments) which say that COM8 is on C37 and COM7 on 31.

So where are you getting your information?

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js
sentiment_satisfiedGold

7:11 PM

STe: Put your Postcode in this:

Digital UK - Coverage checker


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js
sentiment_satisfiedGold

7:18 PM

STe: And check "Detailed view"

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Sunday, 18 March 2018
Monday, 19 March 2018
M
Michael Rhodes
6:26 PM

Anyone had reception problems with COM7 from Winter Hill lately ? I always found COM7 problematic but worse since channel change to 55 ( from 31 ). On the other hand no problems with COM8 now
channel 31 ( from 37 ) WHY?????

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