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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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 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),

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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, 109 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! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

 H -3dB
C37- (601.8MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 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! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

 H -10dB
C46 (674.0MHz)295mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd December 2014: 7 Thats 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.

Sunday, 18 September 2011
6:32 PM

Hello KMJ - thanks for all the info, will give it a try but in the meantime I have ITV again tonight, the signal seems to be stronger in the evenings, I am keeping my fingers crossed all will be good after the the next switchover on the 28th

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Kathleen's 9 posts GB flag
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Monday, 19 September 2011
shirley evans
10:46 AM

I have lost BBC south and meridan local news and now get look east and anglia.!!!! I don't want them! and also I cannot get BBC 1 2 &3 on my digital dvd recorder. What is going on?

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shirley evans's 1 post GB flag

1:02 PM

shirley evans: Your DVD recorder is obviously picking up Anglia's (Sandy) multiplexes as these are on low channel numbers.

Although you will have to carry out a re-tune anyway on the 28th when changes take place at Oxford, but to get over the present difficulty what to do is remove the aerial from your DVD recorder and carry out a scan without it inserted, this blanking out anything stored in its memory, then "before" re-connecting your aerial carry out an auto-scan on the DVD whilst immediately observing the progress bar as it starts to move up the channel numbers, then as soon as you see it approaching roughly Ch48 reinsert the aerial and this will allow Oxfords main multiplexes to be loaded.

This will then exclude Sandy's higher powered multiplexes from registering on your DVD recorders EPG list. It will of course also exclude Oxfords Mux channels C&D (Pick TV / ITV4 etc) but if required they can be added via a the "manual tune" facility.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag

1:06 PM

shirley evans: The above said taking it that you are actually using Oxford for reception? although if not the procedure would be basically be the same.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag

1:26 PM

a silly question to ask.. my areial is pointing oxford.. its a wideband array areial by labgear with 26db masthead booster.... i seem to get oxford and hanningtion reception.... i get bbc oxford news very well... but ITV is set to hanington breaks up badly... before today was fine... i have tried to re tune to oxford itv ch 68 but no signal found only ch 43 from hannington.... am confused why this happen.. get bbc oxford fine... strange things going on... i am now worried i will have to remove the masthead and boosters after september 28th switch over... i live in RG8 8DB i get london tv as well.. the reason i got oxford and london.. because i am deaf.. say bbc london subtitles dont work i switch to oxford it works....
The london areial is 19 years old it works fine on freeview

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rob's 171 posts GB flag
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5:35 PM
Leighton Buzzard

Just returned home from holiday, retuned as advised, lost countless channels (inc ITV1, Ch4, Ch5) can't wait for 24th to retune again.
Finger's crossed eh?

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Bill's 63 posts GB flag
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6:04 PM

rob: The point is that if your aerial is pointing towards Oxford (@ 22 miles) then it will be at about 345 degrees, whereas Hannington (@ 15miles) is at located at 215 degrees, so this alone is liable to make your reception from Hannington more susceptible to performing adversely to any minor fluctuations in the signal received.

Oxford BBC1 is already on high power, and if you are receiving it OK then you should do with the other multiplexes on the 28th, however should overloading be suspected at any time (signal cutting out etc) then a simple attenuator in line with the TV's aerial input will instantly cure the problem, if that is, its not an easy task to remove the mast head amp.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Lee T

10:40 PM

can people on here stop keep saying that the signal in banbury could be too much ...we are bairly getting a glimmer of signal...amplifires are the only think making any pick up possible and that is patchy at best

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Lee T's 21 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 20 September 2011

5:21 PM

Lee T: It's a bit hard to say without a postcode, I would actually read Freeview signals: too much of a good thing is bad for you | - independent free digital TV advice as well.

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