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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Oxford (Oxfordshire, England) mast?

Oxford transmitter - Oxford transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 22/04/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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, plus 17 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, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Central west),

 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)295mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
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
Channel icons
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
Channel icons
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, 24 January 2015
8:46 PM

Dave Lindsay:

It's an Antiference HDSB (based on a Vestel T8300), a quick Google search turned up a document that indicates that the software version I am using only supports one HD MUX. The good news is that there is an update that should support multiple ones. I just have to get the courage to update the box. Will let you know how I get on just in case anybody else has this box or equivalent.

link to this comment
Stephen's 7 posts GB flag
Sunday, 25 January 2015
Transmitter engineering

4:31 AM

OXFORD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 14:00 on 23 Jan to 19:20 on 23 Jan. FM: Radio 2 FM Reduced Quality from 10:38 on 21 Jan to 16:29 on 21 Jan, Radio 3 FM Reduced Quality from 10:38 on 21 Jan to 16:29 on 21 Jan, Radio 4 FM Reduced Quality from 10 [BBC]

link to this comment
Transmitter engineering's 150,644 posts xx flag
Monday, 26 January 2015
Transmitter engineering

4:29 AM

OXFORD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 14:00 on 23 Jan to 19:20 on 23 Jan. [BBC]

link to this comment
Transmitter engineering's 150,644 posts xx flag
Thursday, 29 January 2015
Tig Minor

11:37 PM

Is the new That's Oxford programme - broadcast via the Oxford transmitter - purely broadcast to Oxford city itself or is it intended for the whole area reached by the Oxford transmitter? I live in Faringdon and would love to be able to see this as we get very little Oxford news really - the "local" news aimed at us is mostly about Basingstoke / Portsmouth and even Sussex, with only about 10 minutes Oxford news out of half an hour at 6.30 pm (BBC).

link to this comment
Tig Minor's 28 posts GB flag
Friday, 30 January 2015
Dave Lindsay

10:30 AM

Tig Minor: There are a few points to make in answer to your question.

Firstly, That's Oxford broadcasts directionally from the Oxford transmitting station and in the direction of Oxford. It is also on lower power (4kW) and is on a UHF channel out of group of former analogue.

So, you are in the direction of the beam. However, there is higher ground in the way which may cause difficulty:

Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location

The possibility of "out-of-group" means that the broadcast frequency is out of the band of frequencies that your aerial (if it's C/D) works best at. And not only may your aerial be less sensitive, the signal is weaker.

See here for an explanation of aerial groups:

Aerials, TV Aerial and Digital Aerial

Analogue TV from Oxford was all in Group C/D. That's Oxford is on UHF channel 29, which is Group A. Also, COM7 (and the forthcoming COM8) HD muxes are on Group A channels. So you "may" require an aerial replacement to pick them up as well.

Try going to the manual tuning function of one of your TVs/boxes and select UHF channel 29 but don't press the button to scan/add services. Rather wait and observe for a minute or so how the strength and quality fares. Some receivers are more useful than others at this so it's worth visiting them all.

link to this comment
Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

11:17 AM

Tig Minor: I should add that overall your chances of reliable stable reception aren't great! But if you find that reception of COM7 isn't great then you might decide to replace the aerial for a wideband, and at the same time you might be able to bring in reception of That's Oxford on C29.

link to this comment
Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Tig Minor

1:04 PM

Dave Lindsay - Many thanks for your comments. Being something of a technophobe, I will have to think about it!! In general, reception is great at present, but I note your comments that chances of reliable stable reception for That's Oxford - presuming I can get it - are not great. Might be safer top let well alone for the present with my current aerial, but maybe a change to wideband in the future is an option.

Many thanks..

link to this comment
Tig Minor's 28 posts GB flag

4:26 PM

Here near Swindon I changed from a C/D to a wideband aerial and That'd Oxford test transmission is quite strong considering the low power. Quality is good and no drops out even in different weather conditions.

link to this comment
pikpilot's 23 posts GB flag
Monday, 2 February 2015
Adrian Crafer

9:26 AM

ITV programme guide has from 6.00 am today been displaying instead of the programme details "this channel is moving". I assume this is an error considering the status of ITV, so is one of the ITV group moving?

link to this comment
Adrian Crafer's 21 posts GB flag
10:05 AM

Adrian Crafer: There are changes due today for ITV regions. Will vary on exactly where you are and what box/tv you have, but looks like a retune needed to get the epg data.

a516digital : ITV region boundary changes affect Freeview and satellite viewers

link to this comment
mmm's 7 posts GB flag
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.