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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
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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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C44- (657.8MHz)295mDTG-3100,000W
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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)295mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 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

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)295mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 POP MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C37- (601.8MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
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, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 19 others

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

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

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.

Comments
Saturday, 15 September 2012
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ian proctor
9:49 AM

live in the tring area lost all freeview channels at 20.00 hours last night still off this morning...we are on the oxford transmitter.

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Wednesday, 19 September 2012
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Algernon Black
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7:04 PM

It seems that Freeview have made some channel
changes but there has not been a "pop-up" to tell us. Anyone seen the "pop-up" in the last 7 days?

As of this moment all the old channels are still there and if I re-tune I get the new ones as well.

Algy 19.9.2012 7pm

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Thursday, 20 September 2012
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Paul
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

8:18 AM

Are they back now?

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Wednesday, 26 September 2012
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MH
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

10:04 PM

Had Toshiba freeview 19" TV that worked perfectly for a year, then unable to tune chanels on C55/C59 MUX. Did full resets/tune etc but did not remedy. I also have 2 old TV's using freeview box, and another Toshiba freeview TV which tune in to ALL MUX available from Oxford transmitter (Ch53, 55, 59, 60 & 62). Had to be problem with TV so I returned it under warranty and have just received it back from repair (new pcb board fitted and apparently tested and ok). When I set it up, still unable to tune in to any of MUX 55 channels - did retune on my other toshiba freeview TV and all MUX channels duly found! Called repairers, who said replaced pcb met manufacturers spec and,Toshiba who could not offer any advice. It seems bizarre that i have 3 ither freeview tuners that work perfectly yet the 19" toshiba no longer picks up MUX55 (using same lead/aerial socket other receivers use successfully).

Live in OX14 and very good signal strength/good guality and no problems on Oxford transmitter.
Original provider of TV has offered me a new like/like replacement but would welcome any views/ideas re this bizarre situation.

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:59 PM

MH: What model of Toshiba TV do you have?

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Thursday, 27 September 2012
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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

12:06 AM

MH: Unfortunately that model is listed as being an "HD Ready" device, this meaning that its capable of showing HD images but only if they are fed from an external HD receiver via the HDMI socket.

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jb38
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12:14 AM

MH: Ignore my comment regarding HD ready (albeit correct) as I had mixed you up with another persons query.

Presently looking in to your TV's problem!

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jb38
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12:41 AM

MH: Although I can see that you have tried various things in an attempt to resolve the problem did this also included trying a manual tune of either of these channels? as although I am not 100% sure about your particular models tuning facilities, but generally if you go into the tuning menu / manual tune and enter the mux channel number that you want to scan, because as soon as this number is entered the signal level will appear without actually having to scan, although in your model you may have to.

I would suggest that you blank out the tuners memory before carrying out this procedure, blanking of the memory done by auto-tuning without the aerial being connected. (or another factory reset)



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jb38
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6:55 AM

MH: The other thing I also meant to say was if when you were informed that the PCB had been changed it has to be assumed that the tuner is part of it, as the tuner is the prime suspect with this type of problem.

The other thing that crossed my mind was that the signal level you receive in the OX14 area could be a little on the high side and which could cause problems in a tuner with an iffy oscillator, so if you have access to a set top aerial I would be interested to know if anything was received scanning with that rather than your main aerial.

And regarding the main aerial, taking it that there isn't any type of booster being used? as if there is then for a test try by-passing it.



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