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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).

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

Monday, 28 November 2011
3:25 PM

Write to digitaluk if you have lost channels and the retuning is not working.
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I have!

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aba's 2 posts GB flag

5:35 PM

Betty: Speaking as an engineer, I can tell you that there is virtually nothing you can do about this, as its basically caused by the massive power differential between the two multiplexes concerned, as the tuners fitted in the majority of sets cannot cope with this type of thing, a slightly similar problem to this also existing in the Oxford area.

In your particular case of being only 1 mile away from the transmitter you should first of all try removing the aerial then carrying out a factory re-set (only) the TV, then using either a set top aerial, or better still a short piece of wire pushed into the inner part of the aerial socket, carry out a manual tune on Mux Ch63, storing anything received (if at all!!) then you can use the add channel facilities to recover the remaining multiplexes.

This is not guaranteed to work though, as its dependant on how good your receiving equipments tuner is.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
11:14 AM

i have lost film4 itv4 4music viva plus few channel so what happen ???? i live co5 0hd so help me thank

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Brian Booker
12:07 PM

Since the Tacolneston transmitter changeover channel 63 transmissions from Sudbury have become unwatchable due to interference. This includes Film4, ITV4, and my favourite - Yesterday. On other channels I get 100% signal and 100% Quality. Before Tacolneston changeover my reception was good throughout.
Brian Booker Ipswich IP3 8SX

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Thursday, 1 December 2011
JP Richardson
6:28 PM

I have the same problem regarding Film 4 and ITV 4. I have removed the aerial and then retuned but still do not get the channels back. I live in North Yorkshire YO14 9JB.
I received both channels perfectly before the change over. Its very frustrating.

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Friday, 2 December 2011

7:23 AM

JP Richardson: If you are picking up your local Hunmanby station (@ 2 miles) then you wont get them as its a Freeview "light" transmitter, you might though be able to pick up Oliver's Mount @ 6 miles / 310 degrees, although the BBC and ITV3 muxes are indicated as being variable for reception.

Manual tuning for above being: Ch57 - Ch60 - Ch53(HD) - Ch54 - Ch58 - Ch61.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag

8:14 AM

JP Richardson: Meant also to add, that if you are receiving Hunmanby perfectly OK then you could just manually tune in (from Oliver's Mount) the three commercial multiplexes not transmitted by Hunmanby, these being: Ch54 - Ch58 - Ch61, the latter containing the missing programme channels mentioned.

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Dave Lindsay

12:43 PM

JP Richardson: Do you get Yorkshire TV or Tyne Tees TV?

I went down your street on Google Streetview and the vast majority of the aerials I could see are on Bilsdale which is Tyne Tees. A few are on Belmont, but I saw none on Oliver's Mount (or Hunmanby).

Hunmanby transmitter radiates in the direction of Hunmanby rather than Filey. The houses on The Beach Road are on Belmont as it's much lower lying than the town. I did think that Oliver's Mount served Filey as well, so I wonder if your street is blocked by something which is why residents have to watch Tyne Tees.

So, to which transmitter is your aerial facing and what local news do you normally get? Is your aerial horizontal or vertical? See here for a photo of aerial in horizontal and vertical polarisations.

If you are on Belmont (174 degrees horizontal) then you will be getting Look North from Hull with Peter Levy. The predictor suggests that you might not get some of the commercial channels from Belmont.

If you are on Bilsdale (285 degrees horizontal) which is near Northallerton you will get Tyne Tees on ITV and Look North North East & Cumbria.

If you are on Oliver's Mount (309 degrees vertical) then you will get Look North from Leeds with Harry and Christa.

Note that it is possible to receive another transmitter to which the aerial doesn't face, albeit to a lesser degree. So the fact that your TV has tuned to one signal doesn't necessarily mean that it matches where your aerial is pointing. If this is the case, then your TV's tuning needs some attention to put it right.

For this reason I suggest that you look at your aerial and see which transmitter it is pointing at and work from there.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

12:45 PM

JP Richardson: Sorry, forgot to include the link to horizontal and vertical aerials:

Aerials, TV Aerial and Digital Aerial

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag

1:08 PM

JP Richardson: Further to the replies from jb38 and Dave Lindsay, if you are using Bilsdale for your Freeview reception, Digital UK do not make a prediction for reception of MuxD on C42 at present due to this frequency also being in use at Hunmanby for Mux BBCB.

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