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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

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
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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),

 H max
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
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 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
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), 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, 26 November 2016

2:18 PM


To help you we need a full post code for your location and details of what television you have. It is also worth checking all your cables and connections. Then you should check the signal strength for each multiplex used by the transmitter you are using. Note that signal strengths between 65% and 85% are acceptable but anything greater is likely to give you problems.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
2:29 PM

MikeP: Thanks Mike. I'm in HP18 0BS. Apologies, I'm not familiar with the terminology - how do I check a multiplex? Cables and connections are all fine.

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4:09 PM


A mulitplex is a signal that carries several programmes at the same time, one of the key advantages of digital TV. Now that you have given your post code, you will see a number of blue boxes below your post. The one title 'digitaluk trade' shows your should be using the Oxford transmitter. It also shows the channel numbers used by that transmitter. To check the signal strength of each one, going into your television's manual tuning mode and enter one of the channel numbers given - but do NOT perform a retune! Note the strength quoted and then do the same for all the other signals from Oxford. Ideally they should all be between 65% and 85%, lower is too weak and higher generally causes the tuner to overload and picture breakup.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Sunday, 27 November 2016
12:07 PM

Hi Mike

Have done as you suggested. I have two indicators for each channel; Quality and Strength. Quality is a big fat zero for every channel bar one, which registers a measly 10%. On strength, most are at or around 20%-30% with two channels at 50%. There's nothing beyond 50%.

What now?!


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Nick's 4 posts GB flag

1:46 PM


Your signals are far too low for reliable reception, which is a surprise as you are only 15 km from the Oxford transmitter. You should aim to have signal strengths between 65% and 85% and no more. So start by checking that all the signal connections are good and that all the plugs are fitted correctly and that none are lose in their sockets. If you are unsure about any lead and/or its connection it is best to replace them as they are inexpensive. Also check to ensure that any aerial amplifier or distribution system is working correctly - don't just assume that because a red 'power' light is lit that all is well as it may not be. One further check is to ensure that any HDMI cable is well away from the aerial cables, HDMI data signals can disrupt RF signals in the aerial cables.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 29 November 2016
6:00 PM

Hi Mike

I've been through your checklist and nothing seems wrong. Everything plugged in correctly and nothing loose. Am I at the stage where I've got to get an expert in to check it over or is there anything more I can do? As I mentioned, all other channels are fine; it's just the HD channels that are missing.

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Thursday, 1 December 2016
Graham Hill
11:45 AM


I am having a problem with a Sagemcom box that appears to have started around last Monday.

All channels are ok via the TV receiver are fine, which is strange because of course the aerial loops through the Sagemcom box. However, the majority of channels are distorted when viewed via the box and it appears to be the 'signal quality' that is poor.

I have already performed factory reset on the box and also the freeview reset procedures.

Graham Hill
OX44 7YE

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Friday, 2 December 2016

2:32 AM

Graham Hill: I'm not sure where you live in the area but sometimes the boxes play up the sigs are either
too strong or weak,perhaps you can advise,i'm lucky near weston as i get a swamp signal ,reception is possible without any aerial plugged in.It could be the box or lead has developed a fault,please advise if you
want to...............nick

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nicholas's 120 posts GB flag

2:17 PM

Graham Hill:

If the reception on the TV is fine then that suggests the aerial system and cabling are fine. However, it does suggest that the box has a potential fault. Try disconnecting it completely from the signal and mains supply for at least five minutes. then reconnect and allow the box to reset itself, usually another 5 minutes is sufficient. Then check whether reception has returned to normal. If it has then your fine until a further reset becomes necessary. If it happens again that suggests that the box it developing a fault.

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Sunday, 4 December 2016
Transmitter engineering

11:09 AM

OXFORD transmitter - Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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