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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.

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 04/12/2023 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?

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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
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

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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 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

 H -3dB
C37- (601.8MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 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 Christmas, 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
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 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, 27 September 2018

10:19 AM


There was no known problem with the transmitter, else thiousands would have had the same problem. Please check all your aerial cables and connections. If there are coaxial plugs/sockets please unplug those and refit them to clear any corrosion/oxidation from the contacts.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
10:26 AM

What was the reason for loss of BBC and ITV channels this morning from approx 09.40 to 10.00am

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Dell's 3 posts GB flag
Joe Elliott
10:31 AM

No BBC programmes on 26/09 as Pikpilot-today 27/09 at time of posting no BBC programmes since switching on at 0700.This is not new and has been ongoing since summer 2017. My Ariel installation has been checked. Suggestions welcome.

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Joe Elliott's 1 post GB flag

10:40 AM

Dell and Joe Elliott:

Please check your aerial cab,es and connections as there is no reported problem at the Oxford transmitter. If you have coaxial plugs/sockets, please unplug them and refit. That will clear any corrosion/oxidation from the contacts which is a well known and common cause of the problems you report.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Friday, 28 September 2018
10:35 PM


Please check your aerial cab,es and connections as there is no reported problem at the Oxford transmitter. If you have coaxial plugs/sockets, please unplug them and refit. That will clear any corrosion/oxidation from the contacts which is a well known and common cause of the problems you report"

As a retired TV and video/electronics technician of over 45 years I can assure you my aerial system and connections/equipment are 99.9 percent also other people nearby have mentioned to me and asking "did your TV programmes go off this morning" so I suggest someone is not admitting there was a fault!

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Dell's 3 posts GB flag
Saturday, 29 September 2018

11:20 AM


Please bear in mind that we contributors have no knowledge of posters knowledge/experience and the vast majority appear, from the questions asked and language used, to have little or no technical knowledge/experience in the field of TV broadcasting, hence the answer given which is still valid and resolves a vast majority of such issues. No other posters have mentioned any such issues with the Oxford transmitter as yet this month. According to the Digital UK planned engineering works page, at…rks, there are no works planned nor being done at Oxford.

I have been involved directly woith technical matters concerning manufacture, service and training about TV sets, video recorders, etc since 1960 and retired as a Senior Technical Training Manager for a major TV rental company.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Sunday, 30 September 2018
9:26 PM

MikeP: Thanks for your reply, I also have been involved with nearly all of the major TV radio and video repair/rental companies from 1965 until 1995 and also had my own business repairing all types of domestic and some commercial equipment, I am puzzled why at least six people over a roughly 3 mile area have mentioned they had the same problem to me.
Alright if there wasn't a problem as you say then it must remain a mystery situation, the symptoms were pixel break up along with freezing and complete loss of signal with No Video and No signal messages appearing on screen and this corrected itself on all channels at almost exactly 10.00am.
We will leave the issue here as it is no use making further comments about it, thank you Mike.

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Dell's 3 posts GB flag
Thursday, 4 October 2018
5:58 PM

Any idea when information will be updated with correct correlation between mux/channel numbers and programme numbers/names for the Oxford transmitter pages? It is quite a while since the last major change to lower frequencies.

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Pikpilot's 1 post US flag

7:01 PM

Pikpilot: When Briantist (the owner of this website) is able to do it. This question is asked almost daily. For the most up to date frequency data put your postcode into the Digital UK coverage checker and tick the detailed view box.

Digital UK - Coverage checker

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StevensOnln1's 3,569 posts US flag
Sunday, 13 January 2019
10:21 PM

Hello I am in towcester and receive the Oxford TV region I don't understand why as we're not shown on the BBC Oxford news weather and yet the installer pointed our aerial to Oxford .
Why is this ?

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Rory's 3 posts GB flag
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