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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?

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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-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

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 MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 14 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

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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
Tuesday, 12 July 2016
A
Anonymous
4:54 PM

Is the transmitter down? Postcode beginning BB9 - our whole street can't get a signal.

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MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

5:01 PM

Anonymous:

To answer that we need a full post code, just the first part is not enough to trigger the details.

Note though that the Winter Hill transmitter is listed as possibly being on reduced power, which often causes TV sets to complain of no signal.



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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Wednesday, 13 July 2016
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anthony
5:00 PM

I can confirm that all ten multiplexes from Winter Hill are normal in SW Manchester at the moment. I have noted various comments on this site and Digital Spy regarding low signal levels and as a result have checked several times and have yet to see a power reduction. Any power reduction are probably minor and very brief. Consequently they should no be noticeable on systems with a properly installed aerial in good working order.

The transmitter serves over 7 million people, if there was a genuine problem both these sites would be flooded with complaints. Tree growth is the main reason for signal loss together with water damage to the aerial and its feeder.

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Thursday, 14 July 2016
M
Mr R, Rigby
7:12 AM

when will we have ch. 87 country tv

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Richard Cooper
sentiment_satisfiedGold

10:07 AM
Norwich

Mr R, Rigby: Hi, Mr R Rigby. The 'Keep It Country' tv channel is already available from the Winter Hill transmitter at Rivington Moor near Bolton on Channel 87. It could be that you haven't carried out a re-tune recently and so your tv hasn't registered it automatically. Older tvs and set-top boxes need to have a retune carried out on them to pick up new channels when they are added to Freeview, whereas newer ones tend to pick up new channel automatically. By the way, Keep It Country is transmitted as one of a group of high definition (HD) channels and so you need an HD television or HD set top box in order to pick it up. You will not be able to receive the channel on a standard definition (SD) television or set top box. Hope the above information is helpful, Richard, Norwich.

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Richard Cooper's 462 posts GB
Sunday, 17 July 2016
A
Alan
9:37 AM
Manchester

About 2 weeks ago I lost all the itv channels on all my tv's and no matter how many times I retuning them I can't get any itv channels, I can get all the bbc ones and strangely I can hey e4 plus one but not e4 and quest plus one but not quest ??? Postcode M28 3AF walkden area.

Thank you

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Richard Cooper
sentiment_satisfiedGold

1:55 PM
Norwich

Alan:Hi, Alan. First of all, we need you to confirm that you are using the Winter Hill transmitter on Rivington Moor near Bolton to receive your tv signals. This would mean that your aerial is pointing West-North-West from your house. Digital UK is currently stating that viewers may possibly be getting a weak signal from Winter Hill which would suggest to me that some sort of engineering works are going on there. I take it that you've checked things like aerial pointing in the right direction (- an aerial can swing round 'offline'), the condition of the cable from the aerial into the house, the condition of the connection at the wall-plate aerial socket in the living room, the condition of the connection of the fly-lead to the plug going into the wall plate socket and the condition of the connection at the aerial plug where it is plugged into your tv. It's important that you check all these things so that your own installation can be ruled out of the equation before we 'blame' the transmitter! Richard, Norwich. PS Quest +1 and Quest are on different multiplexes and so the transmitter work could be affecting one but not the other!

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016
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