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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, 3 August 2013
3:00 PM
Llandrindod Wells

Film4 been added to Llandrindod Wells transmitter (Carmel area??!) - any signs of more channels to follow? Area is a Freeview Light area.

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10:10 PM

James: the next channels you will get are bbc3 HD and CBBC HD.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Sunday, 4 August 2013
10:42 AM


We are taking our caravan to Exebridge, TA22 9BE, very poor reception for freeview, any suggestions.

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Les Nicol

11:56 AM

Grace: try this link:-
This might offer up suggestions for now and future trips.

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Les Nicol's 991 posts GB flag
4:43 PM

Thanks Briantist.

Apart from the HD channels, any others to arrive? Could you point me in the direction of the details that Film4 was going to be added? Thanks in advance.

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James's 2 posts GB flag
Monday, 5 August 2013
Trevor Gordon
5:01 PM

I had the message on channel 15 that film 4 is moving and if I could still see the picture I should retune. I therefore retuned both upstairs tv's which was successful(although film 4+1 indicated no video!) I then retuned downstairs TV and Channel 15 is missing completely and 4+1 no signal) What the hell is going on? I've now retuned my downstairs TV twice and channel 15 is no longer annunciated i.e. listing goes from 14-16. How come upstairs is OK? ALL TV's supplied from antennae,?

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Dave Lindsay

5:19 PM

Trevor Gordon: Film4+1 has no video at present because the capacity is still being used by the 'old' Film4 - the one with the message overlayed.

The 'new' Film4 is carried on PSB2 multiplex (which carries ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and others). The old Film4 slot will carry Film4+1.

There is a transitional period where Film4 is broadcast in its old slot with message overlayed and in its new spot without the message overlayed.

Which transmitter are you using? "Perhaps" COM6 (the old Film4 multiplex) is picked up before the new one - this depending on the frequencies used by your transmitter.

I have no idea whether it might work, but I would try tuning in the multiplexes in order, or at least PSB2 than COM6.

If your set has manual tuning then knowledge of the transmitter may allow more definitive guidance on achieving this.

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Trevor Gordon
5:32 PM

After 3 attempts my downstairs TV has now found Film 4 on Channel 15 but I notice Film 4+1 0n channel 45 still has no signal? It seems to me that the powers that be that requested us to retune earlier in the day were somewhat premature? Why didn't they wait till they were completely ready before advising us to retune? We are not all "Au Fait " with the technicalities of all this and can easily be confused!!!!

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Trevor Gordon
5:46 PM

Further to previous-it seems to me that most TV's "auto update" any changes so why did film 4 encourage us to update and retune obviously before they were actually ready? Sorry but it doesn't make sense to me!!!! I am at Heathrow with 100% perfect TV signals from aerials (Loft aerial supplying 2 upstairs TV's and roof aerial supplying downstairs TV.) Strange that upstairs found channel 15 immediately but downstairs just didn't want to know until 3rd. attempt.????? ALL TV's SONY.

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