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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
Wednesday, 9 May 2012
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Tina
7:28 PM

Hi, i had a new ariel put up in October and new cables, i started getting loss of signal about a month ago i have replaced start leads and set top box to no avail - my postcode is CW1 is there a problem as Monday the tv was ok all day but tonight i have lost signal over an hour ago and got no channels receiving last night it was ok brilliant picture for 3 hours and then nothing on any station please help !!

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Tina's 1 post GB
Monday, 21 May 2012
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Mark Fletcher
sentiment_satisfiedGold

5:12 PM
Halifax

Tina CW1. A full postcode is preferable as to ascertain which transmitter or relay you are using in order for the true pros on here to give further assistance to you.

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Mark Fletcher's 673 posts GB
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Greebo
11:21 PM
Manchester

@Josh (April 18th) and @Briantist - yes Josh is correct to say that the "Channel M" channel is no longer being broadcast, however the local mux is still there on C57 albeit full of null packets. So the mux is being broadcast, but receivers see no channels. Maybe something will one day reappear, only time will tell.

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Greebo's 13 posts GB
Monday, 28 May 2012
M
Mrs Morris
7:29 PM
Stockport

Postcode SK6 1PF
Please help. I have a Sony Digital Recorder which I have had for 3 years without problem. For the last 3 months, not every time, but frequently, when I try to record a BBC 1 or BBC 2 programme, for some reason the signal switches to BBC Wales. It 'appears' to record for the programmed time but records a blank. The ordinary BBC 1/2 channels say 'no signal'. I have been in touch with Sony and have followed their instructions to delete the BBC Wales channel but it reappears. The problems seems worse when I try to record a series. I am an elderly lady so when you reply please do so in simple easy to understand terms. Many thanks

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Mrs Morris's 1 post GB
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Jeff
9:10 PM
Sale

Hi, we've been having freeview problems for around 3 months in the Manchester area M33 3HF so last week paid to get the aerial on the roof sorted.Signal strength was low across all channels. We have a Goodmans GDB12XIT Digital Box. Initially BBC channels were recovered and working perfectly.4 days later BBC channels have a low signal and have no picture.Its the same with ITV 3, QVC, Gold, ITV2+1. ITV and channel 4 break up every now and then.
I have done a re-tune but this has had no effect.Have tried a signal booster and this had no impact either.Any help is welcome!

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Max Richardson
11:14 PM
Middlewich

I'm in CW10 and for the last 3 days we have had no signal at all!! I know we are having high pressure at the moment and the skies are clear, but this is ridiculous. When we do have a signal we suffer with pixelation a lot of the time too! Got Sky on the main TV, but the others are on Freeview. In the last 12 months had a complete system upgrade, all cabling replaced, new higher gain, all singing, dancing arial on the roof, also had a booster fitted on the roof by the arial, and an acentuator in the living room where the main TV is. Still have 'crap' reception, when we get any reception, that is. Any ideas?? We seem to fall between Winter Hill and Haseldean? Although i believe our arial is pointing towards Winter Hill.


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Max Richardson's 2 posts GB
Tuesday, 29 May 2012
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Keith Wright
8:14 AM
St. Helens

As I have stated before, digital TV has provided many people with worse reception than was enjoyed under analogue. I have now had 2 new aerials installed, 2 signal boosters and upgraded cabling and although matters have improved I still get picture break up/interference at leat 3 times per evening. There needs to be a digitasl TV Ombudsman; someone we can contact to dispel the myths of digital TV; I don't have bottomless pockets !

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Keith Wright's 7 posts EU
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

9:08 AM

Keith Wright: You don't need an ombudsmen! You need to get rid of your boosters and use a small aerial. See Freeview signals: too much of a good thing is bad for you | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice please.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:26 AM

Mrs Morris: What's the model number of the Sony? This may help us find the user manual so as to be more specific in suggesting a fix.

The problem is because it is picking up signals from one of the transmitters in Wales, probably Moel-y-Parc.

Could you describe what Sony instructed you to do?

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:29 AM

Jeff: Perhaps the signal level is on the high side, verging on being excessive at times.

See here:

Freeview signals: too much of a good thing is bad for you | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice

It might be worth fitting an attenuator. These are available for £3 or £4 from various online sources.

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