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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.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name
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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, 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, 14 November 2012
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mike
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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Dave Lindsay
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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
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Anthony
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

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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g allonby
5:04 PM
Accrington

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 technician.is it new windfarm? geoffrey allonby.

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

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

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

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
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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
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Richard
9:29 PM
Holywell

Hi
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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jb38
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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
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Richard
8:05 AM

Hi
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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