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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.

 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;
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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.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

8:33 AM

Jay: It depends mostly on whether your aerial is group C/D and if your present signals are high enough to overcome the losses incurred.

For me, given that I get a reasonable signal for com7 on UHF 31, I will likely manage, although GIM and L-MAN don't look likely prospects.

The DUK Coverage Checker shows mostly excellent reception for my postcode but doesn't even list G-MAN.

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js's 792 posts GB

8:42 AM

The current Relocated Services list:

Relocated Services: North West
service_name relocated from ONID.TSID.SID (OldMultiplexName) to ONID.TSID.SID (NewMultiplexName)

TJC relocated from 233A.3005.3824 (SDN) to 233A.5040.5A20 (Arqiva A)
TJC relocated from 233A.3006.3824 (SDN) to 233A.5040.5A20 (Arqiva A)
TJC relocated from 233A.3007.3824 (SDN) to 233A.5040.5A20 (Arqiva A)
TJC relocated from 233A.3008.3824 (SDN) to 233A.5040.5A20 (Arqiva A)
TalkingPictures TV relocated from 233A.A000.A120 (COM7) to 233A.6040.6E40 (Arqiva B)
TalkingPictures TV relocated from 233A.A001.A120 (COM7) to 233A.6040.6E40 (Arqiva B)
Quest Red+1 relocated from 233A.6040.6D80 (Arqiva B) to 233A.A000.A1D0 (COM7)
Quest Red+1 relocated from 233A.6041.6D80 (Arqiva B) to 233A.A000.A1D0 (COM7)

That's four SDNs, two COM7s and two ArqBs.

COM7 does have target regions but SDN and Arqiva B are just GBR, suggesting only one of each of those multiplexes exists.

These are the Transport Streams that belong to Winter Hill:

COM7, ONID.TSID = 233A.A000, Target Regions = (GBR.England.North West)U(GBR.Isle of Man)

Arqiva B, ONID.TSID = 233A.6040, Target Regions = (GBR)

SDN, ONID.TSID = 233A.3006, Target Regions = (GBR)

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js's 792 posts GB

11:40 AM

js: SDN definitely has a separate region for Wales, where E4 is carried in place of True Entertainment.

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StevensOnln1's 3,430 posts GB

1:28 PM

StevensOnln1: Thanks. Maybe the four SDNs are for the Nations, in which case they should have target regions of (GBR.England), (GBR.Scotland), (GBR.Wales) and (GBR.Northern Ireland)

Incidentally, it's about time the entries for TJC were dropped. TJC relocated in September 2016!

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js's 792 posts GB
10:30 PM

js: I just had this installed in August and it gives me every channel on freebies including Pop Max with a decent signal
Do you think this will still be able to cope after the completion of 700mhz switch off....

Labgear TV Aerial High Gain 48-Element - Labgear

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Jay's 12 posts GB

10:40 PM

Jay: That labgear is a wideband type so it should be fine for all current and future frequency allocations for Freeview.

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StevensOnln1's 3,430 posts GB
10:53 PM

StevensOnln1: thanks for the quick reply, and appreciate your information on my attenna, just for good measure ive also got one of these as well, i do get all channels with the attenna, but with the booster, i get a more stronger signal, good to hear I'm future proof, thanks very much. I do like freeview, it does have some really good stuff on they and always improving.

Labgear LDL204 4G 4 Way Amplifier with Separate FM and UHF Inputs Labgear LDL204 4G 4 Way Amplifier with Separate FM and UHF Inputs: Audio & HiFi

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Jay's 12 posts GB
Sunday, 10 December 2017
Brian Garner
2:56 PM

Appears Yesterday C19 and all other Channels on COM6 Winter Hill have been lost
Sunday 10th Dec 2017.

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Brian Garner's 1 post GB
Friday, 15 December 2017
Gerald Robinson-Todd
10:53 AM

My freeview recorder box has lost the ITV channels channel 4 channels and channel 5 channels but I can receive ITV channel 4 and channel 5 on HD also I can receive all channels on the TV set itself. I have reset both devices.

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Gerald Robinson-Todd's 1 post GB
Thursday, 11 January 2018
3:56 PM

BBC 4HD and CBeebies HD moved from Comm 7 (ch31) to Comm 8 (ch37) today. Some equipment will sort itself out, possibly overnight, others will need a retune to restore the service.

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anthony's 7 posts GB
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