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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).

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, 12 January 2013
2:14 PM

I have lost film 4 on three of our tv since updating them this is a channel watched a lot in our house how do I get it back?.

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Angie's 1 post GB flag
2:17 PM

Since retuning three of our four tv's in our house we have lost film four a channel that was watched a lot in our house!!!!!! How do we get it back??? Postcode area (AB53).

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Angie's 1 post GB flag

4:50 PM

Angie: On the assumption that you are using the Durris transmitter then go into the "manual tune" menu on one of your TV's or boxes used and enter mux Ch29 (used by Film 4) but do NOT press search or scan, because if the signal is there it will indicate a level, note whatever it is and then change the channel number to mux Ch23 (ITV3 etc) and compare the two readings, this being a used as a rough guide as to any problems as both these transmitters are on the same power.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Monday, 21 January 2013
Margaret Ireland
2:36 PM

Can I watch a film that I put I the to watch box and how do I do that! I know I can't do it on my iPad but can on our computer.

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Margaret Ireland's 1 post GB flag
Saturday, 2 February 2013
Chris Bruce
1:34 PM

Post Code is HP15, I have BT Vision and I can't get Film4+1, I've tried a retune to no avail, I believe that Crystal Palace is my transmitter, should I turn the aerial around to the opposite direction? to Oxford? All other channels seem okay

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Chris Bruce's 1 post GB flag
Saturday, 2 March 2013
8:37 PM

My postcode is PO5.I have lost two channels
Film Four and Yesterday.Retuning does not
regain channels.Can anyone help?

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Terence's 1 post GB flag
Sunday, 3 March 2013
anne havers
5:49 PM

on my Freview TV down south I could get Yesterday, film 4 and Discovery, now in Berwick upon Tweed on the same TV I can't, please tell me how to get them.

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Dave Lindsay

6:58 PM

anne havers: Not all areas can receive the Commercial channels. In some cases a replacement aerial may bring them in, and in others viewers will only receive the Public Service (PSB) channels. For an explanation, see:

Londonderry (Northern Ireland) digital TV transmitter | - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice

Berwick-upon-Tweed has its own transmitter due to the fact that it's in a valley; it being at the mouth of the Tweed. This transmitter only carries PSB channels, so if your aerial points to it then that's all you'll get. It is to the north of the town on Camphill and your aerial will be vertical (elements up/down).

If you are lucky, you may be able to receive from the main transmitter which is Chatton. This broadcasts all channels, is to the south of the town and aerials are horizontal (elements flat).

As I say, Berwick is in a valley which means that you may be pushing it to receive from Chatton.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 5 March 2013
11:10 PM

I too have recently lost channels and signal quality, especially at night there's lots of drop-out. Lost channels include Film4, Yesterday & ITV4 - My aerial is pointed at Stockland Hill, though recently they have knocked down most of Rampisham so assuming the UHF has gone.. I've retuned a few times and it seems to be getting worse. Any ideas if there are problems in the area / transmitter etc. thanks, L

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