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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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Friday, 18 May 2018
3:02 PM

I am no longer able to get Dave it seems.
This is very annoying as it is usually the alternative to there being nothing watchable on BBC or anywhere else (Channel 5 is a total waste of space !)
Does anyone know what to do ?
I have an aerial engineer booked for monday from Freeview, but I don't hold out much hope.

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JR's 1 post GB flag

4:29 PM

JR: Have you checked for any loose or damaged cables or connections behind your TV? Which transmitter are you using? Please provide a full postcode so that we can see where you are in relation to the transmitter and your predicted coverage etc.

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StevensOnln1's 3,647 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 30 May 2018
6:55 PM

Dave and pick have started jumping etc in last 2-3 days postcode is me75xs

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Will's 3 posts SE flag

7:28 PM

Will: Have you checked for any loose or damaged cables or connections behind your TV? What signal strength and quality readings do you get on Dave/Pick?

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StevensOnln1's 3,647 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 4 July 2018
9:35 PM
West Malling

Same thing here - can't watch Dave as 'no signal', but other channels are fine. We're in ME19 6NW, so not far from previous poster. No loose or damaged cables.

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JB's 1 post GB flag
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Monday, 23 July 2018
10:42 PM

Dave and dave plus 1 stop working most evenings for months now
Post code Rg12 8yf no problems with any other channels.

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Jay's 1 post GB flag
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Tuesday, 24 July 2018

3:51 PM


Make sure you are tuned to either Hannington if your aerial points roughly west or to Crystal Palace if it points roughly east. The channels used by those transmitters is given in the 'digital uk trade' link below your post or by putting your post code into the Digital UK Coverage Checker at Coverage Checker - Detailed View

You may also need to check that your aerial connections are in good condition, try unplugging all the aerial connections you can get to and then refitting them.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Sunday, 29 July 2018
10:06 AM

Although I can get Dave and all other channels through freeview, the channel breaks up after moments and becomes impossible to watch. It was fine up until the recent retune required in the area - all other channels are fine.
Postcode is TN6 2SA

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Peter's 1 post GB flag
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3:39 PM


Look at the 'digitaluk trade' link below your post (it's at Coverage Checker - Detailed View and check which transmitter you are tuned to. It would seem that Though Bluebell Hill is listed first, it is not ideal as some multiplexes are predicted to have variable or poor reception.

You may do better to use either Crystal Palace or Tunbridge Wells transmitter - but you will need to be using a wideband aerial (which you should already be using for Bluebell Hill anyway - if you're not then that does not help your reception). Note that you would not get COM7 or COM8 from either of those transmitter sources.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts PT flag
Wednesday, 20 February 2019
tony powell
10:15 AM

having problems connecting to dave , food tv , really . told by free view to do a full retune which I did . before this I had a poor signal now I get no programme . othe channels from uk. tv like drama are ok post code is cb25 9az and transmitter is sandy heath

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