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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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Film4 live_tv   14   300

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.

Thursday, 16 May 2013
10:02 PM

Hi there, I live in bh21 and have had intermittent problems with film 4 and itv4 all through this switch over period. It has been good for about a month and now is frustratingly poor again. Are they still fiddling or is there something I need to do?

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Dave Lindsay

10:14 PM

Liz: If your aerial is pointing to the Rowridge transmitter on the Isle of Wight then have your aerial changed so that it is mounted vertically.

Rowridge broadcasts horizontally and vertically and has been doing so since April last year. The horizontal signals are there to work with existing aerials, but some may find vertical polarisation better.

The Commercial (COM) channels which carry the likes of ITV4 and Film4 are strongly vertically. This is because they are effectively restricted horizontally due to other transmitters using the same frequencies. To the west is Stockland Hill which broadcasts only horizontally, so you could be being affected by its signal. Switching your aerial for vertical polarisation will help 'rejection' of the unwanted Stockland signal (if it is present) as well as taking advantage of the strong signals from Rowridge.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Monday, 17 June 2013
David Forester
2:55 AM

Living in the CT14 area, about 4 weeks ago, I lost Film4, ITV4 and a number of other channels. Living in CT114 area. A new external aerial installed about two years ago and a Panasonic recorder installed six months ago.

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Wednesday, 17 July 2013
Christine Hedges
5:01 PM

Terence: I have lost film4 have retuned 4 times can not get it back have contacted the people that put card through door about 3 weeks ago and they said that they hadnt started in my area yet just tried looking manually on channel 49 have no signal at all wonder if you can help
I live in Loughton Essex post code IG10 3LX i have LG television wonder if you can help

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Dave Lindsay

5:11 PM

Christine Hedges: Presumably your aerial is directed to Crystal Palace, in which case COM6 which carries Film4 and others is on UHF channel 28.

Having lost it you shouldn't have carried out a retune because all that has happened is that the problem is compounded as now your TV isn't tuned. If the signal were to return after retuning then it would probably return anyway, or else it is hovering around the threshold required for your TV to resolve a picture.

What I suggest you do is go to the manual tuning screen and enter/select C28 but do not press the button to scan/add channels, instead wait and see if it gives a reading of strength and quality on that channel. If it does, having noted those readings, then try adding those services/channels.

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Monday, 22 July 2013
Ralph Goodrich
9:12 AM

Lost fim four and possibly other channels this last week after retuning when low signal warning appeared on screen and advised to reset. Live in GL post code with Panasonic TV and DVD

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Ralph Goodrich's 1 post GB flag
Thursday, 1 August 2013
9:15 PM

started watching RED on film 4 tonight after a couple of seconds it stopped playing and film 4 had dissapeared! Went into the bedroom to try the other tv and the exact same thing happened!?
Has anyone got any info as to whats happened?

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jamie's 1 post GB flag

10:02 PM

jamie: retune. The channel has moved multiplexes.

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Briantist's 38,907 posts US flag
Friday, 2 August 2013
4:28 PM

I retuned today as there was a message at the top of the screen on ch15. I didn't pay much attention to what it said tbh something about film4 moving. So after I retuned ch15 is blank with ??? in the guide, no picture, switching to ch15 from another channel just leaves me on same channel. I've tried retuning twice now, same problem.

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Paul's 1 post GB flag

5:09 PM

Paul: Film4 is still on programme guide 15 but its being broadcast on the PSB2 (ITV1) transmitter, carry out a factory reset - default setting - or first time installation on your TV or box prior to carrying out another auto-tune and this should correct the problem.

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