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Dave's had a haircut and shave in recent years as it grows from awkward teenager to fully-fledged commissioner of new and original shows. And it's not just comedy these days but entertainment and even some knock-out live sport. Hit UKTV Original commissions include Taskmaster, Dave Gorman Modern Life is Goodish, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled and Crackanory, all laden with the biggest names in British comedy.

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Dave   19 (90%) 811 157

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

Official site: See the link icon Dave website.

From Wikipedia: The channel is available on cable, IPTV, Freeview and some satellite platforms. The channel took the name Dave in October 2007, but it had been on air under various identities and formats since October 1998. The channel was promoted as being an edgier alternative to UK Gold like that channel, the output was mainly comedy from the BBC with some shows produced inhouse. - link icon read more about Dave on wikipedia (summary by Clipped).

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Tuesday, 1 August 2017
Mark A

5:00 PM

Dave is now on FreeSat channel 157. (As from 1/08/2017)
For some strange reason it is not listed in the 'Entertainment channels' list,
but is listed in the 'All channels' list.

Can't find 'Dave ja vu' (Dave +1) yet!

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Mark A's 373 posts GB flag

6:42 PM

Mark A: You're absolutely right. Dave and Home have not been categorised.

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js's 819 posts GB flag
Saturday, 7 October 2017
Russell Greene
6:44 PM

I have problems with Dave signal, channel loses signal all the time. Have a signal booster which has made no difference. All other channels fine on multiple TVs. Postcode Tf31np.

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Russell Greene's 1 post GB flag
7:44 PM

Hi all,I scanned several times and still not found Dave. All other channels come up.
I am not using a freesat box/EPG but a standard FTA receiver, which should not make any difference.Dace is listed on Lyngsat: Dave UK - LyngSat
Frequency: 12129 V 27500 2/3Anyone else no finding Dave?Thanks, Sophie.

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soph's 1 post BE flag
Thursday, 4 January 2018
10:07 PM

Hi. Every channel EXCEPT Dave plays well. This has only been happening for a couple of weeks. Postcode SN7 7JZ .....anything I can do?

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Lesley's 1 post GB flag
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Friday, 5 January 2018

10:30 PM


You should be using the Oxford transmitter for best reception. That is 32km away at 60 degrees east of north. There are no reported faults with the transmitter, so you may have a cable problem. Unplug all the coaxial plugs and sockets and refit them in the same positions are originally. Then check your recpetion again - do *not* try to retune.

Dave is on the same multiplex as Pick, Really, E4+1, Sky News, etc. Do you get all of these OK?

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Thursday, 18 January 2018
4:47 PM

did receive dave here in spain until the new year on the european beam used by dave ireland,has this changed/closed? thanks

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tanfield's 1 post ES flag

6:44 PM

tanfield: Dave Ireland is now encrypted and is no longer viewable on a free to air receiver.

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StevensOnln1's 3,550 posts GB flag
Friday, 2 February 2018
10:48 PM

In the last week or so my Dave channel along with a few others including Sony movie channel (32) are breaking up. Has something happened to a transmitter and if so, do you know when it will be fixed?

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Paul's 1 post GB flag

11:17 PM

Paul: As you haven't said where you are (please provide a full postcode) we have no idea which transmitter you're using. Having said that, a transmitter fault would usually be fixed within a few hours and it would be extremely unlikely to take a week so the problem is more likely to be within your aerial system. Start by checking for any loose or damaged cables or connections behind your TV.

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