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BBC Three is constantly innovating and experimenting to provoke thought, entertain and make our audiences laugh with all kinds of new British talent, and new formats.

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How to Watch: BBC Three

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As some channels are exclusive to one service alone, you may need to get receive more than one service to get all the channels you want. The coverage for Freeview differs too - those channels not provided by the public service "Freeview Light" transmitters the current coverage shown thus (54%), taken from Connected Nations Report 2017: Data analysis'

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Regional content: National channel with no regional content or variations. For full details of broadcaster contacts, see the link icon BBC Three page.

Official site: See the link icon BBC Three website.

From Wikipedia: 80 is original, covering all genres, from current affairs, to drama, to comedy to animation. BBC Three has a unique 60 Seconds format for its news bulletins. This was adopted so that operation of the channel could be completely automated, without the complication of dealing with variable length live news broadcasts. - link icon read more about BBC Three on wikipedia (summary by Clipped).

This channel carries a subtitles service for the deaf, hard of hearing and quiet environments.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011
7:54 PM

How about giving direct information for once in a lifetime. I want channel numbers to retune manually. In plain English i want the UHF numbers per channel.
Why should i have to request this in the first place?

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Stewart's 1 post GB
Thursday, 7 April 2011
Mike Dimmick

7:40 AM

Stewart: The information is on the individual pages for each transmitter, and also on TV Re-tune and on Digital UK's postcode checker.

It was not feasible to give the tuning data on individual channel pages because it was different at each of the 81 main pre-switchover transmitter sites. After switchover it will be over 1000 sites, because BBC channels are broadcast from all the relays.

For The Wrekin, Bromsgrove and Lark Stoke, the BBC A multiplex is on C26. Sutton Coldfield has not yet switched and Mux 1 is on C41.

And you don't have to request it - an automatic retune should pick up the channel from somewhere, although some boxes just store the first version they find rather than the strongest version. (RG47SH)

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB
Friday, 13 April 2012
Peter berry
8:46 PM

HELP! I cannot get BBC 3 and BBC or 4 from the white hawk digital transmitter on any of my digital televisions' my postal code is BN18HX, is there a problem with transmitter?

Regards Peter Berry

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Peter berry's 1 post GB
Saturday, 14 April 2012
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
Mark Agius

6:19 PM

Viewers can now have their say on the proposed BBC3 closure.

See the Radio Times artical about BBC3 closing down at;

If they close down BBC3 we will have a BBC1 +1 channel!
BBC one sd, BBC one hd, BBC one +1 sd and BBC one +1 hd (The same program transmitted four times) and less choice.

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Mark Agius's 366 posts GB
Monday, 8 February 2016
Mark A

9:43 AM

BBC 3 (SD & HD) will cease transmissions on Freeview, Freesat, Sky etc. on Tuesday 16/02/2016.
Promotional information pointing viewers to the on-line version will be displayed for a few weeks after this date until the BBC3 EPG number (Electronic Programmer Guide) is removed.

This channel (SD version) was first transmitted on 9/02/2003.

An Internet version will be available for some users with a fast Internet connection.

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Mark A's 366 posts GB
Sunday, 7 March 2021

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