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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.

 H max
C50 (706.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
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1 BBC One North West, 2 BBC Two England, 7 BBC Three, 9 BBC Four, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC Red Button 1, plus 13 others

 H max
C59 (778.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
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3 ITV (Granada), 4 Channel 4 North ads, 5 Channel 5 The North ads, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 14 More 4, 15 Film 4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Granada),

 H max
C54- (737.8MHz)726mDTG-6100,000W
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45 Film 4 +1, 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 BBC Three HD, 123 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

 H max
C58 (770.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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10 ITV 3, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5*, 34 ITV 3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 55 Channel 5 +24, 61 True Entertainment, 62 ITV 4 +1, 66 CBS Reality, 72 ITV Be +1, 122 CITV, 242 Vintage TV, plus 24 others

 H max
C49 (698.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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 BBC Red Button 2, 11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Movie Mix, 41 Food Network, 42 Travel Channel, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 68 truTV, 69 truTV +1, 126 Tiny Pop, 132 Sky News, plus 18 others

 H max
C55 (746.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 24 ITV 4, 25 Dave ja vu, 31 Spike , 38 Quest +1, 47 4seven, 58 BT Sport 1 (not free), 59 BT Showcase (not free), 64 CBS Action, 70 Horror Channel, 74 VIVA, 133 Al Jazeera English, 135 RT English , plus 18 others

 H -20dB
C56 (754.0MHz)572mDTG-121,000W
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from 1st October 2014: 8 YourTV Manchester, 125 Pop, plus 1 others

 H -17dB
C56 (754.0MHz)572mDTG-122,000W
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from 30th June 2014: 8 Bay TV Liverpool, 125 Pop, plus 1 others

 H -20dB
C56 (754.0MHz)572mDTG-121,000W
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from 1st October 2014: 8 YourTV Blackpool and Preston, 125 Pop, plus 1 others

 H -5.9dB
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-625,700W
Channel icons
63 Community Channel, 71 Motors TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera HD, 109 Community Channel HD, 110 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 124 CBeebies HD, 134 Al Jazeera Arabic, plus 4 others

 H -8.5dB
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-614,000W
Channel icons
starts sometime during 2014/5: plus 2 others

 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
Channel icons
50 Movies4Men +1, 54 Heart TV, 56 Capital TV, 60 Fire Hit TV, 67 Chart Show TV, 127 Pop +1,

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/324.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/340.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/427.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/48.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-2 16QAM 2K 3/418.1Mb/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?

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BBC North West Tonight 3.1m homes 11.8%
from Salford M50 2QH, 22km southeast
to BBC North West region - 92 masts.
regional news image
ITV Granada Reports 3.1m homes 11.6%
from Salford M50 2EQ, 22km southeast
to ITV Granada region - 80 masts.

How will the Winter Hill (Bolton, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

aerial groupVHFC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EWK
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green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: possible 4G in 2019 more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 4th November and 2nd December 2009.
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Sunday, 28 June 2015
12:17 PM

jb38 and js,thank you for so many suggestions....I feel "better" now that js has had same problem. I do not have a problem with recording any other prog, split or not. I haven't had time to do a full factory default, but when I have I will report the outcome...however I really feel it will not solve the problem and that it is a humax fault!!! By the way jb38, I do have a hd ready tv, but c54 comes up blank when I do manual reset so I have to skip that number. thanks again.

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Linda's 6 posts xx
11:44 PM

Linda: Yes, it would certainly appear to be a problem confined purely to Humax boxes, something I, and am sure many other owners of these boxes are / were totally unaware of unless having tried to record a split programme, but though as mentioned to js, I will be interested to see /hear what Humax has to say about this, as I fully intend to contact them about it.

With regards to carrying out a factory reset, please disregard that said, as now its known that the problem is caused by a software problem, resetting the box will not make any difference to the situation.

By the way, a TV (or box) stating that its HD ready does not mean that it can receive HD transmissions, only that the the screen fitted into the set is capable of displaying an HD image, that is, if its fed into it from an external HD source connected into it via an HDMI jumper lead.

On the subject of HD, if you have the manual for your TV? in the specifications section look under tuner, equipment capable of receiving HD transmissions is listed as having a DVB-T2 tuner, DVB-T only being SD.

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Monday, 29 June 2015
12:44 AM

js: Downloaded the link for the NorDig PDF file relating to the specs for PVR's, the content of being something which Humax brand devices would appear not to be fully complying with.

On the subject of "programme item" rather than series, I have found it impossible to set the PVR's (Sat and Freeview) to record the second part, as although the guide suggests that both parts are by them being marked in red, the programme schedule list still only indicates the first 25 minutes.

However, I have set three of my PVR's to record this programme tomorrow, and so will give an update late tomorrow evening on the results.

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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
12:48 PM

Linda ; Further to that said, please disregard my previous comment on factory reset not really making any difference to your problem, as having now experienced similar problems to yourself when attempting to set this programme for recording, i.e: programme clash warnings / being referred to another channel that the programme isn't actually on etc, its best that you "do" carry out a factory reset to clear all stored in the tuners memory system, as although maybe not being indicated, there just has to be, and which is responsible for these clash warnings.

Once factory reset has been completed carry out another manual retune, this followed by going into the programme guide list and selecting "This Morning" for recording by pressing only on the "first" part of the programme, which is then marked in red, the second part being "automatically" marked in red a few seconds later, although if checked in the "scheduled for recording" list only the first part of the programme lasting 25 minutes will be seen, this being the main cause of confusion, as the box will (or should) have the entire programme logged for recording, subsequently witnessed by "both" parts being (hopefully!) seen in "recorded programmes" on completion of recording.

You will of course have to select each listing individually to view the programme, as the box treats "This Morning" as two programmes, albeit with the second part being invisible unless viewed in the guide list, or until appearing in recorded programmes.

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jb38's 6,534 posts Platinum Platinum xx
12:50 PM

js: Re: split recording problems on Humax PVR's and the tests carried out on same, the results being, that much to my amazement both boxes had successfully recorded the entire programme, not of course in one continuous fashion, as the screen reverted back to the recorded programmes list after the first part had ended, the second part having to be selected as though it was another programme, but though the main thing is, that both parts of the programme were recorded!

On the basis of these findings, I now feel that this whole issue is caused by errors / inaccuracies in the "on screen" indications rather than the actual box not being able to handle split programmes, the main cause of confusion being the misleading information that appears in the "programmes scheduled for recording" list, insomuch of only the first part of the programme being mentioned as well as the duration of, thereby giving the impression that only one half of the programme has been set recording, any attempts to set the box to record the second part failing, basically because the command for the second section was already stored, albeit invisibly!

Although Humax boxes are one of the best where reliability of the hardware is concerned, but they really do require to get their menu systems in order.

By the way, no problems whatsoever were experienced with the Hitachi (Vestel chassis) box, both parts of the split programme being listed separately in the scheduled for recording list, referred to as timers in this box.

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jb38's 6,534 posts Platinum Platinum xx
7:45 PM

jb38: Thanks for the update.

Films on five are often split, but, being films, don't have series CRIDs. There would be no end of complaints if only the first part of a film recorded.

As noted previously, "This Morning" is unique in also having series CRIDs.

Were your test recordings of "This Morning" "series" or "programme" records?

I agree with your advice to Linda. A clean machine tuned to the correct frequencies, and no others, is essential.

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js's 81 posts Bronze Bronze xx
Wednesday, 1 July 2015
9:44 AM

js: interesting info, unfortunately I still cannot set, to record, "this morning" on channel 3, itv, without being advised to go to other channels, that are all +one hour, and then, still not able to record because of "time conflicts"......even though I do not have anything else recording at that time!!!!

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Linda's 6 posts xx
10:13 AM

Linda: Did you carry out a factory reset on your box? as its absolutely essential that you do this.

The other point to note based on that said in my previous reply, when you go into the programme guide you will see "This Morning" being mentioned twice, only press on the "first" one, as the second one is automatically selected, any attempts to set it for recording triggering these messages you are getting.

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jb38's 6,534 posts Platinum Platinum xx
12:33 PM I haven't done a factory reset on my humax, yet, and yes I only ever, in the past, had to press on the first part of "this morning", (as with other split progs), for the whole thing to record, automatically, without any probs.

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Linda's 6 posts xx
6:54 PM

Linda: Yes! as that is the correct procedure, but though, the fact still remains that a conflict message can only occur when something you are trying to record, such as "This Morning", is either already stored in the tuners memory system, or that some other programme is, and the timing of the programme you are attempting to record is clashing with that already stored, remembering of course, that the second part of a split programme (including its running time) is "not" listed in the schedule list even although its there, this caused by a deficiency in Humax's menu system.

A factory default (page 55 in the manual) deletes "everything" stored in the tuners memory thereby giving you a fresh start, and although you prefer to use manual tuning because of your box storing welsh news channels on auto, purely for speed / test purposes you could just carry out an auto tune, this then followed by having another attempt at storing "This Morning".

But though, before carrying this out, check to see if anything is listed in the schedule list by pressing guide then the yellow button, deleting anything seen listed, remembering what I had mentioned about the second part of a split programme.

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