menuMENU    UK Free TV logo Freeview



Click to see updates

Full Freeview on the Oxford (Oxfordshire, England) transmitter

first published this on - UK Free TV
sa_streetviewGoogle Streetviewsa_gmapsGoogle mapsa_bingBing mapsa_gearthGoogle Earthsa_gps51.790,-1.179 or 51°47'25"N 1°10'46"Wsa_postcodeOX3 9SS


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.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

Which Freeview channels does the Oxford 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
C41+ (634.2MHz)295mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
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

 H max
C44- (657.8MHz)295mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
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),

 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)295mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
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
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 Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

 H -3dB
C37- (601.8MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
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

 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.

Sunday, 25 September 2011
Steve Hopkins
6:30 AM

Digital Aerial pointing at Oxford & ITV1/ITV2/Channel4 reception dreadful. Pixulating & dropping completely saying selected channel not tuned on Sony digital TV, no matter how many times we retune our TV. Whoever has mismanged this needs to be taken to task cause it's a complete joke.

link to this comment
Steve Hopkins's 4 posts GB
11:41 AM

As per my reply to same post in other thread - nothings been done to that Mux yet.

Sure your Sony has latest firmware and is not confused by coming across an 8k mode mux while scanning before getting to C68?

There will be upset Sony idtv users next week when they find there TVs can't received analogue or digital tv without an extra box...

link to this comment
mst's 19 posts GB
12:57 PM

Yes Mr Angry, this whole digital switch over has been handled very badly, a combination of poor planning and poor communication. First the planning- whoever decided to spread the digital channels so thinly to make room for masses of pornography and shopping channels? It would have been better to limit the channels to, say, 25 good ones that could be broadcast at a decent power level.
Then the communication- the whole business has not been explained at all well, and people have been encouraged to spend money unnecessarily on new aerials and equipment.

link to this comment
andrew's 16 posts GB
3:11 PM

The whole point of digital is to provide more channels and make more money for the people who control those channels. And of course for the government who take it upon themselves to sell off vast chunks of the frequency spectrum.

Most of us don't need or want 100+ channels, many of which are just pure rubbish or repeats. But of course as fee payers and customers, little regard is taken of our requirements for a watchable TV service.

I, too, am waiting to see if D-day provides anything like a watchable service after having to juggle between didgital and analogue for the past couple of years. If not, perhaps we should all lobby our local councils to allow us planning permission to erect our aerials on the top of 100ft masts!

link to this comment
Spartan's 12 posts GB
4:17 PM

What's going on today - just switched my TV on and it's completeley dead, I have no channels.

link to this comment
Kathleen's 9 posts GB
Duncan Page
9:07 PM

I have a high gain digital specific aerial and masthead amplifier installed in my loft pointing at Oxford transmitter. I have never wanted to move the aerial externally to the roof and have never had a reason to with strong signals on both analogue and digital services. Despite several manual and auto retuning efforts the digital switchover has left me with no channels on Mux 2 - itv1 etc. I have all other channels fine including those with supposed lower signal strength.

Has anyone else seen this pattern?

My current approach is to view this as a mid-switchover cock-up and try again after 28th Sept.

link to this comment
Duncan Page's 1 post GB
Monday, 26 September 2011

8:31 AM
Leighton Buzzard

I have had NO signal from Mux2 (Chan.68) since the 14th September changes. They must be on even lower power than before. BBCA on Chan. 53 is a high signal with good quality. Other MUXs are very weak and are unwatchable. Still, only 2 days to go to analogue switch-off. Pity some of the MUXs left will only be a quarter of the final switch-over power. I hope that's good enough to get some sort of watchable TV.

link to this comment
Bill's 63 posts GB

8:39 AM
Leighton Buzzard

Briantist: this switchover events list says that Hemel Hempstead has moved one of its MUXs to Chan 68, still the same as MUX 2 from Oxford. Is this why I cannot get a MUX2 signal at all from Oxford? What time on Wednesday will analogue be switched off, and all the current digital MUXs move please?

link to this comment
Bill's 63 posts GB
5:50 PM

The multiplex on ch68 is running at low power until second stage switch at which time will be moved to ch60.

link to this comment
paulsmith's 1 post GB

7:04 PM

Bill: All multiplexes, other than the BBCA one, are on the same power level they have been since 2003.

link to this comment
Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Select more comments

Your comment please
Please post a question, answer or commentIf you have Freeview reception problems before posting a question your must first do this Freeview reset procedure then see: Freeview reception has changed, Single frequency interference, and Freeview intermittent interference.

If you have no satellite signal, see Sky Digibox says 'No Signal' or 'Technical fault'

If you have other problems, please provide a full (not partial) postcode (or preferably enter it in box at the top right) and indicate where if aerial is on the roof, in the loft or elsewhere.

UK Free TV is here to help people. If you are rude or disrespectful all of your posts will be deleted and you will be banned.

Privacy policy: UK Free Privacy policy.