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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, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Central west),

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C47 (682.0MHz)295mDTG-100,000W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD South (Oxford), 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, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 Great! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

 H -3dB
C37- (601.8MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 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, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 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 (182°)
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.

Monday, 4 September 2023
Stephen Petitt

2:46 PM


Thanks for replying

Sorry, it all seemed clear to me :)

By split, I mean that I would expect them to all be recording on the same tuner, whichever was used for the first HD recording.

The tuners only have information for the Oxford Transmitter, I'm using MediaPortal, so you supply a fixed set of frequencies to scan. They don't scan the whole range.

The behaviour is similar to the Channel list Management you mention but these are not Freeview Play devices.

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Stephen Petitt's 38 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 5 September 2023

1:09 AM

Stephen Petitt:

Hmm, odd.
Well, I know nothing about MediaPortal (other than what it is!) so can't offer any specific comment on that.
It's always possibly that whatever the engineering works entail, it might cause some strange behaviour!

The only additional information I can offer is -

1) Please note the frequencies given at the very top of the page have not been updated since the 700MHz Clearance.
PSBs 1 & 2 are exactly on channel C41 & C44 and COM5 is exactly on channel C37. There are no offsets on any of the channels here now. If you are tuned with an offset, this could cause problems.
(FYI Auto channel tuning on TV sets etc do not have a problem tuning if there's an offset or not. Offsets are typically 166KHz, the numbers on this site are rounded to 0.2Mhz).

Also the Local mux is broadcast on two channels beamed in different directions -
On C46 to the East, and on C22 to the SW and NW.

2) I'm led to believe there are still remaining bugs in the EPG (not an area of my expertise) so how this may affect your listings is unclear, and I wouldn't like to hazard any guesses.

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Chris.SE's 3,703 posts GB flag
Monday, 11 September 2023
Transmitter engineering

5:09 AM

Oxford transmitter - Oxford transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 11/09/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Stephen Petitt

3:04 PM



I haven't solved the problem but changing the order that the tuners are used seems to have made for more consistent results.

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Stephen Petitt's 38 posts GB flag
Monday, 18 September 2023
Transmitter engineering

5:09 AM

Oxford transmitter - Oxford transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 18/09/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 144,075 posts GB flag
Thursday, 21 September 2023
4:21 PM


Is anyone else having issues with some of the Great! channels ? Up until several weeks ago, we could reliably receive Great! Movies and Great! Romance (channel numbers 50 and 52), from the Oxford transmitter.
Then something changed and they have disappeared from channel numbers 50 and 52, instead being listed as 792 and 793. When either of these is selected, there is neither sound nor video.
We have twice followed all the advice on the Freeview website, but this has not changed anything.
When we have phoned Freeview (twice now) they only say there is engineering works, and won't pursue the issue further.
Its all very frustrating !

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C.Williams's 6 posts GB flag
Friday, 22 September 2023

12:42 AM


That sounds like a typical cop-out from the Freeview bots that answer the phones (who I might add generally have no technical/engineering qualifications!).

Those two channels moved from the Local multiplex to the ArqB/COM6 mux a while ago where they are working fine. Great! TV moved on June 21st, Great! Romance moved on July 19th.
The "remnant" channels on 792/793 ultimately showed "retune" information.
There have also been a number of other commercial channel changes since those dates.

It sounds like you probably need a full retune. As there is engineering work at present, signals may not be 100% reliable and manual retuning would be the best option but only if you don't have pixellation on the channels.

I would clear all your old current tuning first by unplugging the aerial, do an automatic retune and no channels should be found. Plug the aerial back in and do a manual retune.

In the multiplex order BBCA/PSB1, D3&4/PSB2, BBCB HD/PSB3, SDN/COM4, ArqA/COM5, ArqB/COM6
Oxford UHF channels are for the main multiplexes are C41, C44, C47, C29, C37 & C31
If you haven't moved since 2011, the Local mux L-OFD for you it is on C22, otherwise if you are to the East of the transmitter it's on C46.

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