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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 Four HD page.

Official site: See the link icon BBC Four HD website.

From Wikipedia: - link icon read more about BBC Four HD on wikipedia (summary by Clipped).

Freeview multiplex: BBC Four HD is on multiplex PSB3 in england flagscotland flagnorthernireland flagwales flag.

Monday, 13 April 2020

7:13 PM


That's for that gem of info. :) That'll make some interesting bedtime reading when I'm a bit bored ;)

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Chris.SE's 4,180 posts GB flag

7:56 PM

Chris.SE: They are old and don't have the info we need, but:

D-Book 7 part A v 1.pdf
March 2011….pdf

DTG D-Book part B v 1.pdf
30th September 2011….pdf

Someone should send the current versions to wikileaks.

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nobody's 50 posts US flag

10:04 PM


I quoted from the information provided to me by the design teams of 2 diffwerent TV manufacturers with whom I am acting as an independent consultant and have done for several years. Between them they have far more knowledge and understanding of the real world of TV reception. I cannot fault them in their knowledge and understanding.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag

10:07 PM


How nice for you, the real world in the preceding posts just doesn't agree with your earlier comments, so give it a rest.

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Chris.SE's 4,180 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 14 April 2020

6:29 AM

MikeP: here's a simple one for you. I quite regularly see 100% signal strength and quality on TVs that have a signal of 45dbuv this is at the bottom end of what signal should be for perfect reception. You will see the same signal on the tv if you are getting 85dbuv. You can only tell if you have too much signal with a proper meter not what is in the tv or freeview box. Put quite simply the 100% what a TVs show is quite useless. If it is running through a amplifier sometime they go faulty and cause break up on channels and not on others you can only test on a meter and see the signal bouncing around.

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Mazbar's 384 posts GB flag

12:20 PM


Exactly that. I was waiting for an appropriate time to mention a particular example, and now is the time.
I came across someone's (quite cheap) PVR - it required a microSD card to record.
No matter what signal strength it was actually fed with, it ALWAYS showed 100% strength (I did wonder after a while whether it was actually showing quality rather than strength - it wasn't showing "both" figures).
This box had an extremely good picture quality - far better than the Samsung TV it was plugged into, and excellent quality sound. It was a brilliant little HD box, never had any problems with picture or sound breakup both before and after DSO, until its PSU failed - sad demise.

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Chris.SE's 4,180 posts GB flag
Thursday, 23 April 2020
Tony jones
11:16 AM

Will BBC 4 HD ever be available from ( light ) transmitters

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Tony jones's 7 posts GB flag

7:58 PM

Tony jones:

I doubt it, in the foreseeable future. The only T2 HD multiplex on Light transmitters is the PSB3/BBCB one, and the recently available capacity there they chose to lease out to TBN UK rather than put BBC4 & CBeebies HD on there, obviously they must be financially better off doing that!
So the answer to the question is unlikely to change from the last time the question was asked.

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Chris.SE's 4,180 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 29 September 2021
Peter Jannece
7:17 PM

Why can't I get BBC 4 in HD?

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Peter Jannece's 1 post GB flag

7:30 PM

Peter Jannece:

Do you get other HD Channels? If so which ones?
BBC4HD is on the temporary COM7 multiplex and whether you receive it will depend upon your location and which transmitter you get signals from. We'd need a full postcode to advise on that.

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