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The symbol shows the location of the Oxford (Oxfordshire, England) transmitter which serves 410,000 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 Oxford (Oxfordshire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Oxford 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
C41+ (634.2MHz)295mDTG-100,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) South (Oxford), 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

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C44- (657.8MHz)295mDTG-100,000W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Meridian/Central (Thames Valley micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Central west),

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C47 (682.0MHz)295mDTG-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 Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)295mDTG-850,000W
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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 -3dB
C37- (601.8MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
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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 -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
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

 H -10dB
C46 (674.0MHz)295mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd December 2014: 7 Thats Oxford,

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Oxford transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South (Oxford) Today 0.4m homes 1.6%
from Oxford OX2 7DW, 6km west-southwest (258°)
to BBC South (Oxford) region - 6 masts.
BBC South (Oxford) Today shares 50% content with Southampton service
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Whiteley PO15 7AD, 102km south (183°)
to ITV Meridian/Central (Thames Valley) region - 15 masts.
Thames Valley opt-out from Meridian (South). All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with all of Meridian+Oxford

How will the Oxford (Oxfordshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-1723 May 2018
C50tv_off SDNSDN

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 14 Sep 11 and 28 Sep 11.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 500kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 100kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 50kW
Analogue 5(-11dB) 40kW
com8(-14.7dB) 17.1kW
com7(-14.8dB) 16.4kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, LOX(-17dB) 10kW
Mux C*, Mux D*(-18dB) 8kW
Mux A*, Mux B*(-19.2dB) 6kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Oxford transmitter area

Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision†
Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1981Associated TeleVision
Jan 1982-Dec 2006Central Independent Television
Dec 2006-Feb 2009ITV Thames Valley
Feb 2009-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. Oxford was not an original Channel 3 VHF 405-line mast: the historical information shown is the details of the company responsible for the transmitter when it began transmitting Channel 3.

Saturday, 17 September 2011
Pete J
1:00 PM

I'm Witney so use Oxford transmitter, and on the 14th did a retune, lost all channels, so i figured this may be the " too much power is bad for you " thing, fitted a £5 attentuator, and back they all came. 83 channels ( or thereabouts ) and about 35 radio channels. Nothing missing - Dave, Pick, Quest, all ITV, BBC etc. are all back. Worth a shot with an attentuator i reckon before going to more drstic routes. They're as a cheap as chips, though i'm not saying this is going to work for everybody.
Way back when, after the mast fire, i lost a lod of channels, and some would come back, and some different ones' would disappear. Very odd, but then i took some advice from here, and changed all the cheap silly " comes in the box " aerial cables, for proper coax and connectors, which i bought and made up myself. This broght all channels back at that time, and that stayed until the new changeover a couple of days ago. Either of these tricks is worth a try before spending serious money

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Pete J's 17 posts GB
3:22 PM

Thanks Briantist - will wait til the 28th...

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matt's 2 posts GB
John J

4:28 PM

I agree with Del..I just wish they would get it sorted. We keep hearing about changes that are months away, why not get them done now? It seems like the public now has to fully understand transmitter frequencies, attenuators, Mux watts etc etc. I can remember the day when you could just watch the telly!

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John J's 29 posts GB
6:25 PM

We have two identical old style aerials in the loft both identically orientated. One linked to upstairs TV directly by a cable through the ceiling while the other is linked to the downstairs TV by a long cable hidden in the wall then passing through two connectors to extend across the room. Upstairs TV is OK on all channels. For the downstairs TV the ceefax 284 test showed BBC1 and C4 to be OK, but BBC2 and ITV are no good. Do we definitely need a new aerial or a new single piece shorter coaxial cable? Everything was OK up until this week.

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John's 1 post GB
6:47 PM


My postcode is OX15 0TA and, since the 14th Sept, I've had no channels. We have a hitachi tv and a thomson dti6300 digibox. I cannot get any channels on either the digibox or the tv. When I am trying to rescan for channels, I check the tuning information. None of the frequencies have any signal on them.

Please help, I want to watch the rugby!

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James's 3 posts GB
6:49 PM

ps I can't even get onto the analogue channels to check ceefax pg 284! There was nothing wrong with my aerial before this either.

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James's 3 posts GB
John J

7:40 PM

James. It may be another case of too much signal and worth trying adding an attenuator. They are very cheap to buy and just plug in to your aerial lead.

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John J's 29 posts GB
7:58 PM

I have not had ITV channels since the switchover, I happened to try ITV1 again and lo and behold I have been watching ITV for 1 hour now with just a few delays in the programme, It's all very strange to me, but will it last.

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Kathleen's 9 posts GB

8:45 PM

James; For a test try scanning without the aerial installed, this to blank out anything that may be stored up in the 800 ranges, then re-connect the aerial and "manually" tune Mux Ch53 (BBC1 Oxford), storing anything received if this not done automatically, then enter Mux Ch68 (ITV1 Oxford) and do the same again.

Preferably try this on the TV, this just to exclude any possibility of a fault on the box, as these are notoriously unreliable.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB

8:49 PM

James: I also meant to add, that come the 28th switchover stage 2 is taking place and so changes should then be noticed in reception.

Needless to say with a complete factory re-set scan being necessary.

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