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Sianal Gaidhlig na h-Alba le farsaingeachd de phrograman airson gach aois. A channel from Scotland offering general entertainment for all ages and covering topics Gaelic, Scottish and international.

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How to Watch: BBC Alba HD

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BBC Alba HDaccount_box live_tv   7 scotland flag 169watch_later 109watch_later

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

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

From Wikipedia: This article is about the BBC's Gaelic-language television channel. The channel was launched on 19 September 2008 and is on-air for up to seven hours a day. The name Alba is the Scottish Gaelic name for Scotland. - link icon read more about BBC Alba HD on wikipedia (summary by Clipped).

Freeview multiplex: BBC Alba HD is on multiplex PSB1 in scotland flag.

Sunday, 18 November 2012
Dave Lindsay

10:33 AM

P. Kieran Ward: I can't advise you much more as I've never used a satellite receiver before!

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Monday, 19 November 2012
P. Kieran Ward

11:11 PM

Hi jb38!

What you suggested I had already tried on a number of occasions but on your advice I tried it again and, it worked this time. There were a number of transponders that I wasnt getting before and now I am - many thanks!

Isnt it funny when you try something and it doesnt work and when others tell you that you were using the correct method and when you do it again it works!

(P. Kieran Ward)

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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

12:41 AM

P. Kieran Ward: Thanks for the update, and pleased to hear that you were successful on this occasion and are now able to receive Alba as its one I view myself on occasions, at least when the Ceol Country series is on.

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Monday, 28 August 2017
W McKee
12:43 PM

BBC Alba should be om Freeview channel 7, but I don't have it I tried retuning my TV but still nothing, ch6 is ITV2 and CH8 is London Live but no sign of ch7W

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W McKee's 1 post GB flag

6:55 PM

W McKee: BBC Alba is only broadcast on Freeview from transmitters in Scotland. You certainly won't receive it on Freeview in London (the only ways to watch outside of Scotland is via Sky/Freesat or online via BBC iPlayer).

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Sunday, 26 November 2017
Michael Henderson
5:22 PM

I have just been watching a women's international football match in gaelic on my TV set and wondered why I should suddenly start seeing it.

Michael Henderson

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Michael Henderson's 1 post GB flag
Friday, 12 June 2020
12:39 PM

W McKee: there is no alba on ch8 because it's only on freeview scotland

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