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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

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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, 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 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 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), 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.

Thursday, 12 December 2013
Tig Minor

10:44 PM

Still having reception problems today on the ITV band. A retune brings all the channels back but it doesn't last. Am informed that this is nothing to do with 4G as there is no operational mast in the area at present. No reports of problems or engineering work at the Oxford mast so WHAT is the problem when reception is normally perfect? Bring back good old reliable analogue!! Worked in all weathers and conditions.

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Friday, 13 December 2013
Tig Minor

9:59 AM

Reception back to normal today. So I am still none the wiser.......

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Saturday, 14 December 2013
Stevie D
10:29 PM

SN3 4NR (rooftop aerial).

Yet again the reception has gone on certain channels, now with just a little bit of rain. I thought somebody would bother to answer these queries but it looks as if they just don't care anymore.

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10:47 PM

Stevie D: Are you sure that your receiver is in fact tuned to the correct frequencies for the Oxford transmitter? If the aerial is pointing to Beckley

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag

11:04 PM

Stevie D: If the aerial is pointing to Beckley the signals from Mendip are arriving from directly behind the aerial. As Mendip frequencies are found before the corresponding Oxford frequencies on the SD muxes, when scanning for channels, it is quite possible that some of them could have been stored in error. This could make viewing the affected services less reliable when slight changes occur to the weather causing the signal strength to drop below the threshold required for stable reception. .

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Sunday, 5 January 2014
Rob Mitchell

8:16 PM

Hi All,
Hope you can help me, i have been having issues with freeview now since before xmas. Before this time everything was fine and i had 112 channels. Now i am down to 51, i have tried to re-position the Ariel in the loft but ended up going back to the same location as i got even less channels.
I do not understand what has changed, i did get the channels back up to 82 yesterday but it seems that only the bbc channels and some others like dave are ok, ITV and others are really bad and blocky or have disappeared (like quest etc on the COM 4). I am now back to 51 today. I do not understand this as my daughter can get all the channels like i used to be able to with her set top Ariel.

Please Help
Robert Mitchell, from kidlington Oxford

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9:08 PM

Rob Mitchell: Could you check which transmitter your using? You should be getting BBC's Central News, since the Oxford transmitter is only 8km away!

If you look at the Digital UK tradeview link, you can what might be happening. When a box tunes itself, it will often start with the lowest RF frequency, and then go up from there. Sandy Heath is on channel 27, and Hannington is on 45. Niether of these are very good for you. Oxford is on 53. Try manual tuning, and hopefully you should get Oxford and all your channels.

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rob mitchell

10:59 PM

Rob Mitchell: i have no issues with bbc channels they are great, itv channels and others are blocky with good signal. I have the channels from 53 but cannot get them from 50 at all for quest etc. This only started to happen a couple of weeks ago before then i had no blocky picture and all the channels.
thanks for your help and advice, much appreciated.

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Monday, 6 January 2014
6:01 AM

Mike B: you have continued to ignore my requests for you to stop tweeting me, leaving me with no alternative but to block your account and report it for spam

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Rob Mitchell

2:09 PM

Dear All,
Still having issues with this, the channel signal for the bbc channels is good and i have no issues with them, but the ITV channels have high signal strength and is blocky at times and the sound dips out. From Com 3 all my channels are gone, I would really like to get these back and sort out the interference.
Any help would be very welcome.

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