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Wednesday, 11 December 2013
Dave Lindsay
6:59 PM

John Herbert: If you're referring to Heathfield, then no it doesn't broadcast these new HD channels and isn't likely to.

The HD services it carries are available from all transmitters, these being BBC One HD, BBC Two HD, BBC Three HD, CBBC HD, ITV HD and Channel 4 HD.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Wednesday, 22 January 2014
4:26 PM

I live in Redditch B976PH and get a strong signal from the Sutton Coldfield transmitter is it broadcasting BBC4 HD yet on Freeview.

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J.Roberts's 1 post GB
Tuesday, 1 July 2014
j spottiswood
10:05 AM

Can you tell me if BBC4 is planning to reshow season 1 and season 2 of The Killing

Many thanks Joanne

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j spottiswood's 1 post GB
Sunday, 6 July 2014
Denis Mitchell
1:35 PM

BBC 4. 30.06.14. 'Len Goodman's Dance Band Days.'

As a former Saxophone player who has done thousands of gigs, it was obvious to me that the two professors were not working from practical experience, but from the history books, whatever.
Regarding the demonstration of changing mouthpieces and the influence of the Americans on the way of playing music, I would like to offer an alternative explanation.
Firstly, in the 1920's/30's notes were more likely to be tongued and dotted quaver/semi-quaver groups were played to exact values, hence the term 'Rooty-Tooty.' This is probably an over simplification of the way the dance music of the day was played, but in my book this was the way bands of this period played. The American way of playing dance music was more relaxed, notes tended to be slurred and dotted quaver/semi-quaver groups were played 'Legato.' Rather than the Americans introducing a new form of music, it was just a more relaxed way of interpreting the note values.
During the 50's I played Euphonium in a Brass band and at that time 'Rooty-tooty was the order of the day especially with the older members of the band. This however does not happen now, Brass bands obviously don't 'Swing' but their interpretation of music particularly 'Pop' orientated music is now much more relaxed.
The Saxophone Mouthpiece.
I once saw the saxophone described as 'As easy to learn but hard to play.' This in my opinion sums up very accurately saxophone playing.
Mouthpieces and reeds were a constant source of potential problems for the saxophone player. There were quite a few Sax players around and they all seemed to produce different sounds.
Apart from the Bog-standard type of mouthpiece, there were some that had a big influence over the sound you produced, two I remember were the 'Roc' and the 'Berg Larsen' stainless steel models. I played a Berg Larsen for some time it was a great mouthpiece, however I found it difficult when changing to clarinet as we had to in some orchestrations, so I switched to a Selmer with a medium lay and all was ok.
The sound produced by saxophone players varies considerably, too soft a reed and the top notes suffer, too hard a reed and the bottom notes cannot be played quietly. What is most important is when you play in a section the matching of tones is crucial, you cannot have players that dominate or stick out like a sore thumb.
Another thing that influenced the change in the sound of dance music was the modification of instruments, the saxophone bore being increased is one example. I am sure that other instruments such as the Trumpet and Trombone have also been updated. Instruments were also gold-lacquered as opposed to silver-plate which I am sure has an affect on the tone. Matching and controlling vibrato is also essential. Some players used a hand vibrato and some, what I used to call a nanny-goat vibrato.

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Denis Mitchell's 1 post GB
5:33 PM

Denis Mitchell: I hate to point this out, but this site has nothing at all to do with the BBC, and hence your insight is totally wasted. If you contact the BBC, on the other hand..

The same goes for the fans of True Entertainment - again, just email the actual channel.

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MikeB's 2,561 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
1:22 AM

"Also in HD" linkages miss their targets.

This is a long-standing fault in the Freesat EIT with BBC Four, CBeebies and, more recently, STV.

Most linkage descriptors are pointing to the wrong transponder.

For example
BBC Four Sun 28 Sep 2014 20:00:00 - 21:00:00
Byzantium: A Tale of Three Cities
Linkage: 2.2050.8931 = not found, event_simulcast, target_listed, target_event_id = 9745
eventID = 9745
ONID.TSID.SID = 2.2045.6316 [10773.25 H]

and the intended target is this event:

BBC Four HD Sun 28 Sep 2014 20:00:00 - 21:00:00
Byzantium: A Tale of Three Cities
eventID = 9745
ONID.TSID.SID = 2.2061.8931 [11023.25 H]

The target service, 2.2050.8931, is "not found" because 2050 is 10847 V and BBC Four HD is not on 10847 V

BBC Four HD is on 2061 = 11023.25 H

ALL the Linkages for STV miss their target.

Linkage: 2.2049.12130 = not found...

Not found because 2049 is 10832.25 H and STV HD is not on 10832.25 H

STV HD is 2.2036.12130, on 10993.75 H

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js's 617 posts Gold Gold GB
Thursday, 6 October 2016
10:26 PM

Anyone having issues recording bbc4 from emley on a humax freeview recorder as all other channels record fine. Even the ones in the same frequency

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Sean1's 2 posts GB
Saturday, 12 January 2019
Kenneth Mackerrall
4:47 PM

Can't get BBC4 on Teknikal box and everything seems to be in Italian? Grateful for help.

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Kenneth Mackerrall's 1 post GB
8:41 PM

Kenneth Mackerrall:

Please provide a full post code so that we can determine which transmitter you should be using. If the box you mention is a satellite receiver (I am not familiar with that make) then it is getting signals from the wrong satelliet so the dish may be misaligned.

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MikeP's 2,617 posts Platinum Platinum GB
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