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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
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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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C34 (578.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
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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),

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
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, 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 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
Friday, 12 April 2013
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:37 PM

Jean: In which case then it's likely to be your communal aerial system which requires adjustment for which you will have to speak to the party responsible.

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Ken
11:46 PM

I live in Southport. I have also re-tuned at least 10 times I have a Sagemcom Freeview HD box no problems prior to April 10th Now no HD channels at all.Tried Factory resets manual resets. Even the TV without the box connected is not right ITV1 is the Wales? one.The problem is at Winter Hill and they won't admit it.

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Ken's 1 post GB
Saturday, 13 April 2013
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Mazbar
sentiment_satisfiedGold

6:31 AM

Ken: there is no problem at winter hill so far I have tuned in 60 tv's with only 1 problem if you want someone to come out and look at it please call us we cover southport just call 01695558169 many thanks

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Ian
8:43 AM

For reference, according to my Humax HD's signal test menu:

Ch49: Signal 80%, Quality 100%
Ch50: Signal 80%, Quality 100%
Ch55: Signal 77%, Quality 100%
Ch58: Signal 76%, Quality 100%
Ch59: Signal 76%, Quality 100%

Oddly, Ch54 (HD) shows no signal no quality, yet is working perfectly. It shows similar signals to above on channel banner though.

So for me, the signal strength on the two problem channels appears to be higher. They are certainly not broadcasting at lower power!

My Panasonic TV (non-HD) shows all channels at 10/10 for signal and quality.

My guess is that 49/50 is being blocked for some, either by a misconfigured communal aerial or by some other box, like a VCR that is still outputting an analogue signal around Ch49/50.

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Brian
9:30 AM

No BBC signal/picture in Manchester since retune 3days ago.

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David Rogers
10:48 AM

It's pretty clear that some people are receiving a weak or non-existent signal from Winter Hill on Channel 50 - myself included.
I've just re-tuned an elderly neighbour's digital tv for her and it's now fine. My own tv is a 13 year old (but perfectly adequate up until now) JVC analogue set, used in conjunction with a one-year-old Panasonic Freeview recorder, and no amount of retuning attempts (auto or manual) or removing the aerial, make any difference.
It looks as though I'm going to have to buy a new digital tv, and/or a new aerial, or switch to satellite or cable (none of which I want or feel that I ought to be compelled to do).
It would be useful to know if the age of the tv or aerial is a common denominator amongst those who still can't get BBC tv and radio stations, despite following all the re-tuning advice.

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geeman
11:16 AM

Just thought i would let you all know i have managed to get back all the BBC channels. Did a manual search in the 800mhz band and then tried auto chan search, hey presto all back! Have been trying unsuccessfully for two days now!! very frustrating indeed. Thanks winter hill engineers.

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David Rogers
12:18 PM

I'm pleased that worked for you, but I've just tried a manual search from 802.0 MHz (CH62) to 850.0 MHz (CH68), which as far as I can go, and get the "no channels found" message.

I'm still none the wiser why some solutions appear to work for some people but not others!

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

12:27 PM

David Rogers: C61 to C68 have been cleared of TV services to make way for 4G.

If the obvious rescan doesn't work, is there a "hard" reset that is worth a try. Granted, this may reset all settings, but if it's the only other thing you can try then it is worth a shot.

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David Rogers
1:54 PM

Thanks Dave, but I've already tried a hard reset, with no success.

If the 800 MHz band equates to channels that have already been cleared, I don't know why it seemed to do the trick for geeman?

Confusing!

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