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The symbol shows the location of the Henley-on-Thames (Oxfordshire, England) transmitter which serves 5,200 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 Henley-on-Thames (Oxfordshire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Henley-on-Thames 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.

 V max
C41 (634.0MHz)157mDTG-320W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) London, 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 15 others

 V max
C44 (658.0MHz)157mDTG-320W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (London), 4 Channel 4 (SD) London ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 London ads, 18 More4, 25 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (London),

 V max
C47 (682.0MHz)157mDTG-620W
Channel icons
73 Shopping Quarter , 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV London), 104 Channel 4 HD London ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 52 Freeview channels?

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The Henley-on-Thames (Oxfordshire, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4Music, 4seven, 5Action, 5SELECT, 5STAR, 5USA, Aljazeera English, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBeebies HD, CBS Drama, CBS Justice, CBS Reality, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, CITV, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, Film4 +1, Food Network, Forces TV, FreeSports, GB News, GREAT! movies, GREAT! movies action, HGTV, Horror Channel, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, YAAAS!, More4 +1, Now 70s, PBS America +1, pick, Quest +1, Quest Red, Quest Red +1, Really, RT HD, Sky Arts, Sky News, Smithsonian Channel, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, Together TV, Yesterday +1.

If you want to watch these channels, your aerial must point to one of the 80 Full service Freeview transmitters. For more information see the will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? page.

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Henley-on-Thames transmitter?

regional news image
BBC London 4.9m homes 18.4%
from London W1A 1AA, 51km east (90°)
to BBC London region - 55 masts.
regional news image
ITV London News 4.9m homes 18.4%
from London WC1X 8XZ, 53km east (90°)
to ITV London region - 55 masts.

How will the Henley-on-Thames (Oxfordshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-1318 Apr 2018

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 - 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 4 Apr 12 and 18 Apr 12.

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

Analogue 1-4 100W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 20W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Crystal Palace transmitter area

Sep 1955-Jul 1968Associated-Rediffusion†
Sep 1955-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1992Thames†
Jul 1968-Feb 2004London Weekend Television♦
Jan 1993-Feb 2004Carlton†
Feb 2004-Dec 2014ITV plc†
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. Henley-on-Thames 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, 5 November 2011

4:49 PM

JBC: Yes, the dish is the snag for some people as it cant really be classed as an adornment to a property, that is if allowed at all!

And just to confirm, your existing aerial will be OK for Freeview come next April, as it would only require changing if reception from Crystal Palace became a possibility and you decided to use it for a better selection of programmes.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
9:46 PM

My elderly mother has just bought a LInsar TV with built in DVD. It does not have a built in Freesat we now find. She has a dish with Freesat built into a Panasonic TV in her living room which works well, but we are now being told that to put in cabling necessary for her Kings Road Henley address plus the additional bit necessary for the dish + freesat receiver will cost over £300; and the alternative is a digital aerial but only 8 channels will be available on Freeview: which channels will these be: will she get the 5 main ones plus BBC4/BBC3/More 4/ITV3 for instance? Is this right? Henley is dire reception, I understand. Is it going to improve at all come switchover in April? Is a LInsar TV a reasonable piece of equipment. My mother prefers the built in DVD to avoid complicated extra equipment. Thanks for your help.

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jaqueline's 1 post GB
Wednesday, 7 December 2011

2:21 PM

jaqueline: You have not provide a postcode so I can't be sure.

Adding an extra connection to a dish should cost around £100, plus the cost of a Freesat box (from £30 for SD).

Freeview Light has the channels listed at the top of the page.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Friday, 10 February 2012
10:06 PM


I have a new freeview TV and I'm looking to use my roof aerial which, I believe, is pointing approximately ESE.

My current reception is poor and I'm only able to watch a handful of the freeview channels that are scanned. For some reason, the scan does not even pickup ITV1 and ITV2. I get the same results for both the TV and a WinTV PC card when I test separately with the same aerial. So I'm looking to move and/or replace my current aerial and have a few questions :-

1. Which transmitter will give the best reception, both for now and after the digital switchover?

2. How can I identify which transmitter I am pointing to? The software program ScanChannelsBDA_UK shows that my current transmitter is "Network/Region Name = London". Is this Crystal Palace or another London transmitter? How does the Henley transmitter identify itself?

3. Any further advice appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

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pms421's 2 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

11:45 PM

pms421: The Henley-on-Thames doesn't broadcast Freeview presently. When it does (in April) it will only carry the Public Service Broadcaster channels. Thus, if your aerial is pointing at Henley, then your current digital reception isn't as good as it might be due to this.

See the Digital UK tradeview predictor (click the link next to your posting). It shows the UHF channel numbers used by each transmitter.

It also gives the angle of each transmitter and polarisation. You say your aerial is ENE; if it is horizontal, then you are directed at Crystal Palace. If you get a bit of something at the moment, then come the power increase in April, you "should" get everything without the need for changing aerial.

There is never any guarantee; crystal balls don't exist, hence the "should" can never be 100%. The only way to say for certain is to try it, but from what you describe, it looks very favourable.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Thursday, 16 February 2012
Transmitter engineering

6:38 PM

HENLEY-ON-THAMES transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air from 17:11 today BBC TWO Off Air from 17:11 today [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering

9:37 PM

HENLEY-ON-THAMES transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air from 17:11 today to 18:03 today BBC TWO Off Air from 17:11 today to 18:03 today [BBC]

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Friday, 17 February 2012
Transmitter engineering

4:33 AM

HENLEY-ON-THAMES transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air from 17:11 yesterday to 18:03 yesterday BBC TWO Off Air from 17:11 yesterday to 18:03 yesterday [BBC]

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Saturday, 18 February 2012
Transmitter engineering

4:31 AM

HENLEY-ON-THAMES transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air from 17:11 on 16 Feb to 18:03 on 16 Feb BBC TWO Off Air from 17:11 on 16 Feb to 18:03 on 16 Feb [BBC]

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Sunday, 11 March 2012
Patrick Stimpson
11:44 AM


Thanks first to Dave for the reply last month. I had my aerial taken down over concerns about damage to the roof. The chimney is short, 6-7 bricks high, and the aerial pole large (16 feet), secured to the chimney via a single chimney bracket. The overall effect was that the chimney was cracked and toppling over and the aerial was lopsided, pointing more upwards than directly towards Crystal Palace, which may have explained the poor reception. I have now fitted a new aerial, mounted on the wall, and pointed towards Crystal Palace. I'm happy to say that all is now working, including ITV.

Thanks for your help.


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