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The best of British film-making, US independents, Hollywood blockbusters, guilty pleasures, foreign films and cult cinema. Great films you know, great films you don't.

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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, 26 March 2012
David Joynson
9:13 PM

We live in St Albans and we have completely lost Film 4 and some other channels since Sunday. Why has this happened? It has been perfect for years? Have they suddenly reduced the transmitter power? If so why have they done this.

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Gen Malcolm
9:31 PM
Bishop's Stortford

I live nr Stansted airport. CM23 5LQ. I have lost a few channels and reception is dire on what remains. We have sony bravia and BT broadband. Both v they interfere with eachother? Do i need to retune? We just have a cable aerial...that's all.

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Wednesday, 4 April 2012
10:57 PM

After a couple of goes retuning my Sony I have got Channel 4 back, but Film 4 is now on channel 807 and Yesterday is on 816. I have the auto retune setup for overnight and am hoping that it wil sort itself out in time, maybe after 18th April when the power goes up, as suggested above.
Meanwhile my Russian made, reconditioned, £40 hard disk recorder from Maplin has retuned first time perfectly. Off the same aerial connection.
It seems Sonys were particularly bad back in 2009 when other regions went digital. Surely they should have resolved it by now.

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Thursday, 5 April 2012
Brendan Walsh
9:35 AM

I have a Sony digital TV and film 4 is now on channel 807, why and how do I fix it back to channel 15. Numerous other channels also in wrong place

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12:58 PM

Brendan Walsh: In some cases dependant on location, it may be found necessary to manually tune in the multiplex channels required if residing in an area where its possible to receive signals from more than one station, but first of all I suggest that you remove the aerial and carry out a complete auto-tune without this connected, this action being to delete anything stored in the tuners memory, then once completed carry out another auto-tune "after" having first of all reconnected the aerial.

Should you still experience a problem after this action then a post code (or one from very nearby) will be required to determine the transmitter(s) that cover the area.

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Friday, 6 April 2012
Mrs. M. Wilson
6:28 PM

I live in East Lothian. Although Film 4 is fine during the daytime it either breaks up or disappears totally in the evening.All other programmes are fine.

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8:19 PM

Mrs. M. Wilson: East Lothian is a large area and as such you have to be more precise with regards to your location such as providing a post code, or at least one from nearby premises like a shop or pub, as this will enable signal checking to be carried out, although when you say that all other programmes are fine does that also include EPG 10-ITV3 / 11-Pick TV / 12-Yesterday?

That being said though, it could be that your signal level is running a bit on the low side and is dropping out of the box in the evenings though natural fluctuations in signal strength that generally occurs then, so when this happens again keep the TV or box on the same channel and carry out a signal strength check (done via tuning menu) and noting the level seen, then when the signal returns do the same check again and note what the difference is, as you "might" require a booster to overcome this problem unless there is some deficiency in your aerial system that requires rectification.

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sandra jackson
8:53 PM

I have just brought a freeview box for the bedroom and we are unable to get film four post code area GU27 ...please adivse

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Dave Lindsay

9:39 PM

Sandra Jackson: Could you be more specific with your location and/or the transmitter you are receiving from if you know it?

There are some areas that Film 4 and the other Commercial channels are not available. GU27 includes Haslemere which I know is one of those areas where reception of these channels is problematic or not possible at all.

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Saturday, 7 April 2012
sandra jackson
11:02 AM

Yes I live in Haslemere ...well Hammer to be exact .. I think we receive from Midhurst or Holy Cross (I not quite sure).

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