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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Winter Hill (Bolton, England) mast?

Winter Hill transmitter - Winter Hill transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 29/05/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

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.

 H max
C32 (562.0MHz)726mDTG-100,000W
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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

 H max
C34 (578.0MHz)726mDTG-100,000W
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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),

 H max
C35- (585.8MHz)726mDTG-100,000W
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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

 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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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 Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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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 9 others

 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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12 Quest, 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 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

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

 H -17dB
C24 (498.0MHz)572mDTG-122,000W
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from 30th June 2014: 7 Bay TV Liverpool,

 H -20dB
C56 (754.0MHz)572mDTG-121,000W
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from 1st October 2014: 7 That's Lancashire,

 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
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 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-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
C49tv_off ArqAArqA
C50tv_off BBCABBCA

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - 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.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012
6:00 PM

I note that posts which are ryde or disrespectful will be removed and you could be basnned, yet I notice BRIANTIST'S comment, Tues 19/4/11 being both rude and disrespectful is still there. The person asked a perfectly reasonable question. The BBC make millions and lately the head has left after a matter of months with around £1,000,000 pay off in total due to possible crimes and certainly unethical behaviour. I appreciate this doesn't necessarily relate to whether people should or shouldn't pay but it does make you think. There can be many reasons for a bad signal and it is often difficult for the novice to get help without being ripped off. As for the statement "If you have a TV you must have a licence" that is not strictly true. I probably have around half a dozen TV's in my property but no licence. The 'laws' are you need a licence to 'install and operate a TV'...not 'to have a TV in the house'.

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mike's 1 post GB
Dave Lindsay

6:22 PM

mike: To put Briantist's statement into context, he was replying to Paul Weaire who said that he was using the TV, which is requires a licence. Most people who have one or more TVs use them and Mr Weaire said that he does. He also said that he was "reluctant to punish the BBC" by withholding his licence fee, but had "no other course of action". Use of TV equipment without a valid licence is against the law. Thus, only the illegally-acting viewer will be likely to be punished accordingly.

Mr Weaire has not made any subsequent posting to this site and was not asking for help; just reporting the issues he was having.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Tuesday, 20 November 2012

5:01 PM

One of my tvs is on a low level feed and I have noticed occasional power reductions on Arq A&B from winter hill recently, no other multiplexes are affected. I assume it is due to maintenance even though no notification of work has been posted.

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Anthony's 58 posts GB
g allonby
5:04 PM

please reply to this e mail bad interference on hd channels on freeview tried hd box at mye workshop in manchester ok. location bb53tf granada boxclever it new windfarm? geoffrey allonby.

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g allonby's 8 posts GB
Wednesday, 21 November 2012
g allonby
4:34 PM

at bb5 3tf aerial is outside on chimney equipment tested at workshop ok.council here had many complians of windfarm

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g allonby's 8 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

6:23 PM

g allonby: It could be if it is on the line between the transmitter and receiving aerial.

I believe that the operator has a responsibility to put the issue right. The predictor suggests that you might be able to receive the full-service from Pendle Forest as well as Winter Hill, so this may be a possibility.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Saturday, 24 November 2012
Stuart Owens

12:09 AM

I was wondering, is anything transmitting now on MEN UHF57 where Channel M was?
According to the following website I sometimes look at, it says it's named as the MTN Multiplex transmitting the following channels: movies4men, movies4men+1, SONY SAB and ARGOS TV 24/7 on channels 51, 52, 53 & 54 respectively.
Are these transmitting? If so, why are they not listed on UKFreeTv? Or if they are not transmitting, why does it show on the other website? And is there any expected launch date for those channels if they aren't already transmitting?
Here -

Freeview HD regionalised channel list | British Isles: England: Granada (LL115FQ)

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Stuart Owens's 156 posts GB
Sunday, 25 November 2012
9:29 PM

My postcode is CH8 9BQ and I'm receiving Winter Hill transmissions as a low signal area. (The local geography means it's difficult to pick up Moel y Parc but can get Storeton Wales.) I've got a roof mounted high gain c/d group aerial on pole. The problem is that I can get all channels from 55 upwards (except 60 - hd from storeton wales) but there is no channel 54 signal (my television does have a built in freeview hd tuner)and no 53 from storeton. I'm worried that next year when the bbca and arqa move to channels 50 and 49 I won't have reception for these mux. Any help?

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Richard's 3 posts GB

11:48 PM

Richard: Fully realising that you have already stated your TV has a built in HD tuner, however I find it a bit too coincidental that in both cases its the HD channels from both transmitters that you are unable to receive a signal on, therefore for confirmation (or otherwise) that your TV is actually compatible with DVB-T2 signals could you please indicate the model of the TV in question.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Monday, 26 November 2012
8:05 AM

Many thanks
Yes it's a panasonic tx-L32s20ba. I've had hd reception in the past but it seems to have disappeared recently in spite of retunes etc. Also channel 53 is missing which is normal quality

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Richard's 3 posts GB
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