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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.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name
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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C41+ (634.2MHz)295mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) South (Oxford), 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C44- (657.8MHz)295mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (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, 25 ITV4, 29 E4 +1, 34 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)295mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
72 Shopping Quarter , 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)295mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 28 ITV2 +1, 31 5STAR, 32 Paramount Network, 41 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 55 5SELECT, 57 ITVBe +1, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 73 Drama +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C37- (601.8MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 30 4Music, 35 pick, 39 Quest Red, 42 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 56 Smithsonian Channel, 69 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 82 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
23 Dave ja vu, 26 Yesterday, 33 GREAT! movies, 38 DMAX, 40 CBS Justice, 43 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

LOX
 H -10dB
C51 (714.0MHz)295mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd December 2014: 7 Thats Oxford,

com7
 H -7.9dB
C55 (746.0MHz)295mDTG-616,400W
Channel icons
 Together TV +1,  Merit, 64 FreeSports, 70 Quest Red +1, 76 Now 70s, 86 More4 +1, 87 PBS America +1, 89 Court TV, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 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
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 (183°)
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
VHFC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TW TW T
C2BBCtvwaves
C29SDN
C31com7com7
C37com8com8
C41BBCA
C44D3+4
C46_local
C47BBCB
C49tv_offC5wavesC5waves
C50tv_off SDNSDN
C51tv_offLOXLOX
C53tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4waves+BBCA+BBCA+BBCA
C55tv_offArqBArqBArqBcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off
C57tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCBBBCBBBCB
C59tv_off-ArqA-ArqA-ArqA
C60tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves-D3+4-D3+4-D3+4
C62SDN
C63BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves

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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.

Comments
Wednesday, 11 February 2015
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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

4:42 PM

Jon Dennington : Purely out of curiosity, although you may well have cleared the channel list followed by resetting the box, but did you try disconnecting the box from the mains supply for a short period (3-5 minutes) before powering it up again and carrying out the retune?, as this latter action is necessary on some devices.

On the subject of the software update, does this refer to V3.0 A2950.D390.F102 ?, which I believe to be the last issued by Pulse-Eight on 21-6-2013.

Another point being, that it cannot automatically be assumed that there isn't a signal issue just because the TV picks C29 up when the aerial is coupled directly into it, as all tuners vary in sensitivity, and so it all depends on what the strength and quality level is being indicated at on TV when on C29?

Although this isnt the best week to be carrying out signal checks from Oxford, as engineering work has been taking place since Monday, likewise odd things might happen now and again.


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Colin FLINDELL
5:17 PM

Feb 11th 2015 Aston Clinton, Aylesbury.
The BT digibox which we have installed, and our "Freeview" Sony Bravia has shown that many commercial programmes are moving channels (with no indication as to what the new channels are. We have been without these ITV and commercial channels for about 9 days. Re-tuning the BT box has not changed the situation.
I would like to know, if this is due to changes at the Oxford transmitter, or is there a fault with our TV and/or BT Digibox? If the transmitter is having changes in transmission of channels, is there any indication as to how long will it take? Will the new, changed ITV and commercial channels be advertised, so that we know where to look for them? Thank you for your help. Regards Colin Flindell.

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

5:40 PM

Colin FLINDELL: The undermentioned link explains the reasons for the changes, the question being, did you try retuning the TV?, if though you have and yet channels are still missing, carry out a manufacturers reset on the TV followed by disconnecting it from the mains for a minute or so before reconnecting it again and carrying out a "first time installation", should this be offered on the set up menu, otherwise just use a normal auto-tune.

You should also try the "disconnecting from the mains" procedure on the BT box, although some of those boxes have issues, BT being the best people to give advice on this.


On 2 February there are changes to ITV reception for the Oxford and Ridge Hill transmitters | Freeview

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Thursday, 12 February 2015
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Paul
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7:43 AM

Just to re-emphasis what Adrian Crafer said above, please note that the local channel from Oxford is on UHF channel 29 ( contrary to what is shown on this web page ).

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Paul
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7:46 AM

John Dennington, perhaps your Humax is more sensitive than your Tvonics, so can work with a weaker signal.

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Paul
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7:50 AM

Colin Flindell, have you tried a clean retune ?
To do this, unplug the aerial and do a full scan. Your channel list should then be empty. Then manually tune to each of the transmission frequencies ( channels ) listed on this page.

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mmm
2:42 PM

Like the big Channel 5 re-tune many years ago - make sure none of your boxes are set to use C29 (or adjacent) for video out analogue links to a TV.

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Friday, 13 February 2015
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rob
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12:09 PM

Whats happening to Oxford TX as there is engineering works... what are they doing?

my friend in Tilehurst has weak signal... i told him it could be engineering works.... so i swung the aerial to Hannington for him and is happy with it... thankfully the aerial is in the loft

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Thursday, 12 March 2015
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Aerialman
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4:39 PM

Digitlal uk has the local mux down as Channel 29...4Kw?

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Friday, 13 March 2015
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Stephen
10:59 PM

The latest channel listing is not showing CBS Action and the Horror Channel do you know what MUX they are on? I need it so I can plan my recordings as the system I use can record everything from a single MUX.

Thanks

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