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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, plus 17 others

 H max
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, 107 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! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H -3dB
C37- (601.8MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
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11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

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

Saturday, 12 October 2013
Algernon Black

10:28 AM

Thanks to all for the relevant info. I have tried contacting Digital TV and Arquiver all to no avail.
I have now asked my MP to ask Arquiver and OFCOM why Oxford has such poor and unacceptable transmissions, pointing out that the advertisers could be upset that very few people are seeing their ads after they have paid so much money!
If we get no better transmissions I shall write to the newspapers to get people to stop paying their license fees.

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Algernon Black's 23 posts GB flag
Sunday, 13 October 2013
David Clover
8:57 AM

We are having a lot of problems tuning our Sony Bravia to the Oxford Freeview channels. One night only BBC and now only ITV and porn channels. Something bad is happening on this transmitter. We have a very good signal.

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David Clover's 1 post GB flag

6:49 PM

David Clover: Whats your postcode, it will really help in getting to the cause of the problem.

The same goes for Algernon Black - if you want help, we need to know where you are, to check signal path, etc.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
6:58 PM

MikeB: we have lost signal in all BBC channels since 3pm today. All working fine this morning but now there is no signal . Is there are problem due to the bad weather? Post code nn156bn

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hieu's 1 post GB flag
hieu's: mapH's Freeview map terrainH's terrain plot wavesH's frequency data H's Freeview Detailed Coverage

7:44 PM

hieu: Firstly, thanks for the postcode (makes life so much easier!).

Secondly - why are you using Oxford? The Digital UK tradeview shows your 73km from the Oxford transmitter (its doesn't even show up on the terrain plot), whereas Sandy Heath and Waltham are much closer, and give a good signal path.

OK - if your are using Oxford, there (according th the R +T investigation) no problems with the transmitter, so I suspect the problems in your house. Check back from the TV - is there a cable loose? If your aerial is in the loft, check that its connected properly, and if you have some sort of distribution system, make sure that verything works properly. If its only the roof, again much the same.

Even if a transmitter is off, unless its some sort of emergency, its seldom very long, and enginnering work tends to mean a reduced signal, rather than nothing at all.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
10:54 PM

Tim: We have been struggling to maintain a decent reception on most channels for over a month now (previously all were good). Sometimes the HD channels were fine, other times normal digital were better. Finally I have given up and reset factory settings on my Bravia tv. Now i have only about a dozen channels and all are completely unwatchable (due to reception quality, not content).
I have used an aerial and booster in the loft for the past 3 years with no issues and haven't changed anything regarding cables or other electrical/electronics.

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mason's 2 posts GB flag
10:56 PM

Tim: Should have added postcode: Hp219eu

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Tuesday, 15 October 2013
David Hey
8:28 PM

Hi, I am having poor reception on Channel 60 (ITV) recently (last week or so and not just poor weather) also tonight (footy England Poland breaking up). BBC on other channel is strong. Why is ITV so weak? Pointing at Oxford from HP180sa recommended nearest transmitter

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Tom G
10:05 PM

Agree with David Hey, also in Aylesbury area and channel 60 is very poor, been like this for around a week. My Tv has a signal diagnostic which is showing signal strength at 100% but quality jumping up and down, but around 50%. Surely something is wrong? Or some awful interference!

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Wednesday, 16 October 2013
Henry Richardson
12:46 PM
Chipping Norton

I have been experiencing poor or no reception for about a week on ITV1,2 and 4 and channel 4 and film 4. BBC is fine.My postcode is OX7 5BA. Are there any problems you know of. I have re-tuned my TV a few times but it makes no difference.

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Henry's: mapH's Freeview map terrainH's terrain plot wavesH's frequency data H's Freeview Detailed Coverage
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