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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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As some channels are exclusive to one service alone, you may need to get receive more than one service to get all the channels you want. The coverage for Freeview differs too - those channels not provided by the public service "Freeview Light" transmitters the current coverage shown thus (54%), taken from Connected Nations Report 2017: Data analysis'

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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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Saturday, 31 March 2012
6:30 PM

We retuned our freeview as advised after 28 March and have now lost some channels, like Dave and E4 plus 1. How can we get them back?

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Graham's 1 post GB flag
Thursday, 5 April 2012
Friday, 6 April 2012
10:06 AM
New Malden

Hi - Dave, Sky News etc (ie all in that set)disappeared a few days ago. After numerous retunings can now get very 'broken' reception of Dave. We are on Guildford transmitter (or possible Reigate) and halfway through the changeover (2nd part on 18 April). Will it all come back properly after that or is there something we need to do ? No new equipment etc has been added and configuration of kit remains as it was before this problem.

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jackie's 1 post GB flag
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Monday, 9 April 2012

10:27 PM

jackie: The best thing to do in this situation is probably wait, but you could look for Single frequency interference | - independent free digital TV advice .

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
Monday, 23 April 2012
Roy Sanders
9:15 PM

Just watched Data o Briain hard sums.
The water gas and electricity to each house is easy.G. W. E. To first house one feed above the others. Go though one house to the next then the last house . If your good at sums mabe best go back to school....

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Roy Sanders's 1 post GB flag
Friday, 11 May 2012
12:21 PM

whats happen to the sound on dave keeps cutting out top gear first thoughts was swear words but no no other channels affected

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Alan's 1 post GB flag
Monday, 18 June 2012
9:14 PM

i have just purchased freesat, but have found i can't get Dave!!!!! I can get it on freeview - why can't i get it on freesat?!!!

My postcode is LN12 2QY...please help this is a tragedy!!!

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Nick's 1 post GB flag
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Les Nicol

9:24 PM

Nick - This is because there is a Satellite contractual arrangement currently in place with SKY.!!!

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Les Nicol's 991 posts GB flag
Mark Fletcher

9:31 PM

Nick,Mablethorpe.It is up to the provider concerned in this case Freesat whether the Dave channels should be on their platforms.It may or may not be accomodated at a later date.
Still at least you have both Freesat and Freeview,unlike many unfortunate souls out there on the majority of relay Freeview masts who only receive 30 odd programme channels on either 2 or if they have HD compatible equipment,3 multiplexes.

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Mark Fletcher's 673 posts GB flag
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Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Mike Dimmick

3:10 PM

Nick, Mark Fletcher: No, it's up to UKTV to decide to forego Sky's subscription payments and broadcast free-to-air instead, relying only on ad revenue. Dave isn't available on Sky's free service either - it's encrypted and requires a subscription.

After going free-to-air, Dave could then join Freesat's service. It reportedly costs £30,000 a year to be listed in Freesat's EPG: JML fails in Freesat EPG listing appeal - Tech News - Digital Spy . This would be on top of Sky's charges to appear in *their* EPG. (Sky charge £21,000 per channel, but there's also a Platform Contribution Charge based on viewing figures: Dave is charged £520,910 at present though prices are changing in July).

UKTV may review their position as their contracts with Sky come up for renewal, and as Freesat grows.

Free-to-air channels are still viewable from Sky and Freesat boxes even if the channel provider doesn't pay to have them appear in the EPGs, but you have to go to Other Channels and tune them in manually. For the majority of people, that means they're invisible.

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