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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.

Thursday, 3 May 2012
Dave Lindsay

8:40 PM

Mike James: The vertical element of the Commercial channels from Rowridge was only introduced on 18th April. The vertical element of the Public Service channels was introduced at switchover on 7th and 21st March.

So it's probably safe to say that it will be horizontal.

Whilst it is the case that wideband yagi aerials are less sensitive at Group A channels, I don't see this being a potential issue here though. If it worked before switchover, then it should be sufficient to pick up signals now.

I believe that the likely issue is the marked difference in strength of the Commercial channels with respect to the Public Service ones. Plus possible interference from Crystal Palace of course.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Sunday, 13 May 2012
7:41 PM

Heya. We just got a new Samsung UED8000 tv and Samsung BD Player. They both have freeview HD + on them. The Tv is picking up Film4 fine but the BD player is not picking up Film4 at all with multiple auto and manual retunes. This sounds like a hardware problem but I was wondering whether the signal/ aerial is having anything to do with it, and if a change could fix this. Our post code is C010 9AP. Anything you guys can think of with your experience would be extremely helpful.

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Dave Lindsay

8:05 PM

Steven: Assuming you are receiving from Sudbury, which would seem the most likely, then you should be aware that the three Commercial multiplexes are on low power until 27th June when a retune will be necessary as they each change channel.

I suggest that your problem could be the difference between the high power (Public Service) channels and the Commercial ones.

The high power ones probably act to desensitise your receiver thus making it less sensitive when attempting to pick up the weaker ones. Different equipment has different tolerances.

Until 27th June, you "may" be able to restore Film 4 (and others on ArqB which is on C63 until then) by placing an attenuator in line with the incoming aerial lead. The objective being to reduce the level of the high power signals so as to increase the sensitivity of the receiver, but in so doing you will be reducing the level of the low power signals as well. You would be looking for a sweet spot where all channels work. There is no guarantee that you will get to such a solution as obviously you may end up attenuating the weak ones too much for them not to work.

You can pick up a variable attenuator (usually 20dB) online for around £3 or £4.

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Thursday, 24 May 2012
Matt Crowther
10:40 PM

I have Film4 and the rest but it and ITV4 in particular are having signal problems. It's been the way since the Oxford changeover in 2011 and only briefly sorted itself out when the thing went full power in April.
It's skipping, sometimes badly but always when I try recording on it.
I have an Alba ALDTR160 freeview box (had it 3-4 years). I specify that as despite several retunes, some first-time resets and other following of info I've found about here it's not changed much.
My mine beef simply is recording. Aerial's fine and depending on what happens I'm likely to get a new box.

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Sunday, 10 June 2012
3:43 PM

My very good (Humax) freeview PVR has received good reception on almost all channels (including HD) until a week ago when it became very very poor on "Film 4" and "Yesterday", lost Sky News altogether and is very shaky on ITV4 as well as a couple of the music channels. Rutuning (I've tried switching off, retuning again and again;no help) has given me 54 tv channels or 96 !!! If the latter most are "unavailable" I am only annoyed about losing Film4 and Sky News. Help. Nothing has changed in the aerial, area or otherwise

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kc's 1 post EU flag

5:18 PM

kc: Its not really possible to offer assistance unless a persons location is known, this in the form of a post code or one from nearby, as only then can the transmitter serving the area be known as well as being able to assess the signal levels expected from it at the persons location.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
5:33 PM

My postcode is CO9 4JE. I have recently lost Film4 , ITV4 and others. I have tried a manual tune and retune. Manual does not go down to 15 only 21. Any advice, please

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Dave Lindsay

7:04 PM

Richard: You're the third person to my knowledge that has reported an issue over the last few days about ArqB from Sudbury. This suggests that some (perhaps slight) change has been made at the transmitter.

This multiplex and the other Commercial ones have been running on very low power since last year. This one in particular has been difficult to receive for many people, although these have tended to be around the east and south of the transmitter (judging by reports on here).

There will be a retune on 27th of this month when these multiplexes will finally go on full power.

The manual tuning is asking for a UHF channel number, these being from 21 to 69. These are equivalent to the frequency on which the services are carried. Film 4 is on "logical channel number" 15 which is the number you key in to view it.

It the moment these services are on UHF channel 63. These are all one signal, known as a multiplex. Hence if you can pick it up, when you manually tune to C63, it would add all that this multiplex carries.

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Monday, 11 June 2012
Jane Macaulay
8:36 AM

Hi I was trying to watch the French open on my freeview tv in area CO6 but realised I had no ITV4 - is this simply because of the Sudbury transmitter? Will it be resolved by June 27th when I will be asked to retune?

I thought I used to have it, so I was somewhat surprised when looking for it specifically, that I could not find it on channel 24 or 117, which my parents in CO2 have. They cannot receive Yesterday on their tv and nor can I.
Please help me if you can.


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Dave Lindsay

10:58 AM

Jane Macaulay: Digital services are carried in groups known as multiplexes. You are missing multiplex "ArqB" aka COM6.

See here for a list of services and which multiplexes they are on:

DMOL Post-DSO Multiplex Channel Allocations

Yesterday, Film 4 and ITV4 are all carried on COM6.

The three COM multiplexes have been on very low power since switchover last year. The frequencies they use now are temporary until the perminant ones become available. Once the transmitters in Kent complete switch over on 27th of this month, the frequencies that Sudbury is due to use for its COMs will be available for use.

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