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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.

Monday, 25 July 2011
Ewen Binnie
9:51 PM

I am not able to receive sound on BBC Alba on terrestial Freeview. I receive a good picture. I receive sound on all other channels.

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Tuesday, 26 July 2011
Wednesday, 4 January 2012
11:57 PM

i lost true movies and bbc news on my freeview how can i get them back

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maureen's 1 post IE flag
Wednesday, 19 September 2012
4:06 PM

BBC Alba - it's ridiculous that a minority channel is allowed to remove BBC Radio channels from Freeview in the evening. This needs to be sorted out

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Shugg's 1 post GB flag
Thursday, 25 October 2012
2:51 PM

Up to last week,I was able to recieve BBC ALBA
here at Mellerstain,but can no longer find it on my list of stations.
I would welcome advice,please.

Bob Milner

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Saturday, 17 November 2012
P. Kieran Ward

4:35 PM

Hi all!

I live in Northern Ireland and have a TV set that has three tuners - DVB-T2, DVB-S2 and an analogue tuner (no longer in use).

The TV set is a Toshiba UL 863. I also have a satellite dish up facing 28.2E and receive signals from Astra 28.2E, Astra 23.5E, Astra 19.2E and a few channels from Hispasat 30.0W. Before getting this TV set I used a Silvercrest SL65 set-top box and was able to receive BBC Alba. I am aware that satellites have been moved and some channels relocated or dropped from the channels available via satellite.

Can anyone help me with how to manually tune to BBC Alba? My daughter is an Irish language speaker and as you will know that are similarities in Scottish Gaelic and the Irish language.

According to the BBC site Alba is on Freesat but as the tuner in the TV set is a Freesat non-standard tuner I am having problems finding how to find BBC Alba from a satellite.


P. Kieran Ward

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Sunday, 18 November 2012
P. Kieran Ward

12:58 AM

Hi Dave! I did look at that site previously and I have tried to use the data to tune to BBC Alba but with no success!

I would appreciate direct email correspondence with you - would you email me directly to:

Best regards

P. Kieran Ward

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8:40 AM

P. Kieran Ward: Just for information purposes, I checked the info given on the BBC site and it corresponds to a satellite signal test made whilst BBC Alba was being received on two of my own Freesat devices, and if you select DTV manual tuning - Satellite (DVB-S) on 28.2 and enter the details as seen on the site and with "free to air" being the search option I cant see any reason for Alba not being amongst the list of programme channels that will (or should) appear. Details / 10.80275 (might come up as 10.803) DVB-S Symbol: 22.000 FEC: 5/6 Your TV does not allow Transport stream and SID to be entered and so not mentioned.

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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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