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Regional content: National channel with no regional content or variations. For full details of broadcaster contacts, see the link icon Film4 page.

Official site: See the link icon Film4 website.

From Wikipedia: edit Programming Film4 did not originally focus on broadcasting blockbusters, but nowadays broadcasts many mainstream Hollywood movies. The channel frequently has themed nights or seasons in which a number of films centred around one genre, director or actor are shown. As Channel 4 also owns a film production company, Film4 Productions, it shows many of its in-house productions. - link icon read more about Film4 on wikipedia (summary by Clipped).

Freeview multiplex: Film4 is on multiplex PSB2 in england flagscotland flagnorthernireland flagwales flag.

This channel carries a subtitles service for the deaf, hard of hearing and quiet environments.

Saturday, 22 October 2011
3:47 PM

I live in Bristol Bs15 and all the channels were fine until i had a message on screen telling me to retune on 28th September... Done that and lost Film4, itv4 etc etc......

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Dean's 3 posts GB flag
Monday, 24 October 2011
2:33 PM

Complete Joke just bought a new wideband aerial.. 100% sure theres no interference... Even tried the Siston Common transmitter (which is rubbish,less channels), still no itv4, film4 etc etc.....

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Dean's 3 posts GB flag
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Mike Dimmick

2:56 PM

Dean: Make sure you do a factory reset to clear out all existing stored channels. Your equipment could get confused with ArqB moving to C52 and ArqA replacing it on C67.

C52 has never before been used by the Mendip transmitter, so you need to check all legacy devices like VCRs to ensure that they're not outputting on a clashing channel. Clashes are possible on C52 itself, C51, C53 (due to inadequate filtering), and five or nine channels below, so C43 or C47 - though I would have expected more problems.

The power level is *very* slightly lower on C52 for the moment than it was on C67, but the much lower frequency should result in overall more signal being received for this multiplex. SDN having gone to full power on C48 means that the overall signal level is a lot higher, which could result in too much signal.

Just to confuse things further, the configuration of ArqB will be changed on 8 November - it's not clear whether this is to increase capacity or increase coverage. For you the result is a slightly lower probability of reliable reception, but it's still predicted to be a 98% chance.

Siston is a 'Freeview Light' transmitter and only provides the three PSB multiplexes.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
4:10 PM

Thanks for that.... We couldn't get the old analog system to recieve anything so we had virgin media.... We had all the digital channels til the retune on the 28th Sep... Now it's really bad... We are surrounded by 3 hills with only the Siston Transmitter not blocked... I think it's going to have to be Freesat and buy a box for every room....

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Dean's 3 posts GB flag
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Saturday, 12 November 2011
9:18 PM

Hi, approx 10 days ago I lost film 4 and several other channels all in the 55 group, I have retuned (made things worse) I am in pr2 1xf, and had a perfect picture before. since retuning I have 100% quality only 10-20% signal strenght also have new arial -no change any suggestions- if transmitter has changed its transmitting frequency how is the layperson supposed to know and have the knowledge to sort out problems. I am an oap and not well off finacially who just wants decent tv, I suppose private backing comes into the equastion somewhere. regards

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10:58 PM

Pamela: The Mux which carries Film4 etc has not changed frequency, although a small adjustment was made to the technical perameters on 3rd November 2011. This should not have affected your reception. When you re-tuned did you find the signal from Winter Hill on C55, or did your receiver find the Moel-y-Parc signal on C48- and store those channels instead? This would explain the low signal strength if it did. If this turns out to be the problem, the solution is to do a factory reset or retune without the aerial connected to clear the channel list of the "wrong" channels, then either do a manual tune for each of the Winter Hill frequencies, or start the scan again with the aerial unplugged, watch the scan advance until it reaches C53, then plug the aerial in to receive and store the Winter Hill channels.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Monday, 14 November 2011
10:23 PM

I'm on the preseli transmitter and as film 4 was poor tonight I re-tuned and now have no film 4 at all, but I think I've got 5* as an extra channel. I have turned off and then re-tuned without aerial, then tried again, still no film4. I'm not sure when film4 last worked but it was ok last week. is there anything I should do - I have an older type digital panasonic TX28DT4 TV?

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chris's 3 posts GB flag
10:40 PM

Our Humax PVR has been receiving Film 4, ITV4 without issues before and, with a retune, following the digital switch-over.

From the near the beginning of November all channels on C55 (746kHz 8k 1/32) have not been viewable. A retune has failed to fix this.

Singal strength is 78% but Quality is 0%. This suggests that the Humax unit is now incapable of decoding the digital trasnmission from Winter Hill (I live in Bolton with line of sight to the antenna).

This is of course unacceptable and I would like a statement from whoever is managing the transmission system to explain how this will be fixed.

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Alistair's 1 post GB flag
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Dave Lindsay

12:47 AM

Alistair: I am not a representative of Arqiva, the company responsible for Winter Hill Transmitting Station.

However, I can suggest that if you can see the mast that the problem is likely to be too higher signal level being fed into your receiver. Read this page for more information and how to rectify it:

Freeview signals: too much of a good thing is bad for you | - independent free digital TV advice (DN31NJ)

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
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