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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?

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-100,000W
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-100,000W
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-100,000W
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
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

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 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
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

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-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

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.

Comments
Wednesday, 10 April 2013
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sammy
8:29 PM

the little BBC men in my telly have died - all I get is a black screen

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KMJ,Derby
sentiment_satisfiedGold

8:45 PM

Kevin: If a manual tune shows no signal on C49 and C50 are you using a communal aerial? If so your landlord or housing management company will need to be contacted in order to make adjustments. If it is your own aerial check for single frequency interference from a VCR or Sky box with the RF modulator set to C49/50. Also try repositioning any aerial fly leads and HDMI cables in case there is any interaction with each other or the receiver.

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Glenn
9:24 PM
Southport

Those of you who are not receiving a signal. Have you tried feeding your Freeview TV's/Boxes/Recorders by passing any boosters. If you are receiving a potentially good signal from your chosen transmitter or relay, a booster may be counting against your reception.

Give it a try.

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Dave in Crewe
10:55 PM
Crewe

Now it seems that in Crewe, my set wants welsh TV, with a picture that breaks up (BBC1). I dont see how to force my Samsung TV to delete its current list, and manually select the channels.

Help !!!

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Alan John Rowley
11:16 PM

I am showing no signal
therefore cannot retune
10.04.13 1030 pm

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m.price/frustratedanfield
11:28 PM
Liverpool

tried to retune most of the day/night getting very weak signal on one set and no signal for bbc channels on two other sets aerial located on roof had no problems prior to to retune.I do have sky and can only use on set with sky.I feel that since we`ve had digital tha service has been awful regarding all the upgrades over 50years of analogue we never had these problems we had to get rid of good tv`s for the rubbish service we get now it must have cost the public millions for this

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Thursday, 11 April 2013
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Nige
12:43 AM

Is the set on C49 running at it's full power as in my Tv is refusing to lock on? The status bar when I try to retune manually keeps going from red to amber with the odd brief green showing the signal variable quality. I don't have any problems with the main channel 50 etc. BTW I live near Blackpool.

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JC
2:39 AM

To Dave in Crewe...
I have a Samsung TV and I have had the welsh problem too, so try this...

Whatever the main TV aerial is connected to (either the TV itself or DVD,whatever.....disconnect it. Then using the TV Samsung remote, press `menu`, you should get a box come up with several options. Using the up and down keys, scroll down to the bottom one which should give you
the options `Guide`, `Digital Channel`, `Setup`, `Language`. Scroll over to the left and select `Setup`.

Select the relevant symbol on the left of that screen which gives you `Country`, `Auto Store`, `Manual Store`, `Edit Favourite Channels`,`Channel list`

Select `Auto Store`, when the next screen comes up, click Start (to update your list of channels)....NOTE! because you disconnected the aerial beforehand, this should delete all existing data, but do not worry. Let it run through and tell you to check the aerial (!) Ignore that.

Next; RECONNECT the aerial, then go back to the Manual Store option,...

If you`ve done this right you should be looking at a screen that - from left to right - has a highlighted number called `Channel`, then `Frequency` then `Bandwidth`.

It is the Channel number that you need, and the numbers you require are 50, 59, 54, 58,
49, and 55 which will give you the main terrestrial channels and the Freeview ones.
The most important one as far as you are concerned is 50, because that is now the home of the BBC group of stations after 10th April 2013.

In each case press OK to let the TV search through each set of numbers. Once thats done you are set!

Note! You will have to do this for EACH appliance you have connected to your TV, using its OWN remote.
SO in each case it is disconnect aerial, auto scan to delete, reconnect aerial, then manual scan.

This should avoid the Welsh stations problem you are having. Good Luck
JC

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Stuart Owens
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

6:54 AM
Wrexham

Well for some reason, the frequency changes of 61 and 62 to 49 and 50 has completely knocked out my signals of Sutton Coldfield on 43 and 46.
I don't know why this should be the case as 49 and 50 aren't anywhere really that near to 43 and 46.
At least I can still get The Wrekin for the Midlands even if I can't get SC.

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Simon Logan
7:55 AM

I live close to Boothstown about 10 miles outside Manchester and about 3 miles from Bolton, i used to use channel 62 but now it will not work.... do i use channel 56 ?

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