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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.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019
Howard Parkinson
10:21 AM

Just installed new (2019) Panasonic led TV purchased in France. It has a satellite tuner. Completed a scan of the Astra 2 (28.2E) satellite. Brings up all channels except Channel 4 and Film 4, as far as I can see. Done a manual scan for the specific frequencies, still refuses to bring up Film 4 or Channel 4. Signal strength and quality are at 100%. Baffled?

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Howard Parkinson's 1 post FR flag
Tuesday, 26 May 2020
Geoffrey Date
10:02 AM

Can I pause a film or fast forward a film when watching film 4 iplayer?

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Geoffrey Date's 1 post GB flag

10:30 AM

Geoffrey Date: I'm assuming you mean the All 4 catchup service, which has on demand programming from Channel 4's various channels (iPlayer is the BBC's catchup service). I've never watched any films on All 4, however you can certainly pause and fast forward/rewind on all their other programmes so I would expect that to be available on films too.

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StevensOnln1's 3,570 posts GB flag
Monday, 23 November 2020
Bob Parker
7:56 PM

As from 22/11/2020 I cannot get a picture on Film4 - screen is black but sound is perfect. Film4+1 works perfectly. I am tuned into the Craigkelly transmitter in Fife and all other channels appear to be working perfectly. I have tried re-tuning (both manually and auto) to no avail. Any suggestions please

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Bob Parker's 1 post GB flag

10:58 PM

Bob Parker:

The Craigkelly transmitter is currently listed for Planned Engineering (with Possible weak signal at times).
It's quite probable that this has a bearing on your issue, a technical problem related to it may even be the reason for the maintenance.
The Film4+1 channel is on a different multiplex. See Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview for which channels are on which multiplex, the UHF multiplex channels at Craigkelly in the order PSB1-3, COMs4-7, Local are -
C27, C24, C21, C29, C31, C37, C55, C32 (C meaning UHF channel).

I would think the picture would return without any further retune, but you could always try a manual retune for the D3&4 (PSB2) multiplex on C24 if you like.

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Chris.SE's 3,940 posts GB flag
Friday, 14 May 2021
V Taylor
7:08 AM

I want to watch the film The Imitation Game shown on 13 May. How can I see it?

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V Taylor's 1 post GB flag

9:32 AM

V Taylor: Try looking on the All4 catchup service. Although you often find that films are only available for a limited period of time (or sometimes not at all) as the broadcaster may not have the rights to make the film available online.

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StevensOnln1's 3,570 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 13 October 2021
8:37 PM

Hi... I watch film4 every evening... I am hard of hearing and relie on sub titles.. Lately film4 has stop showing sub titles.. Films would have (s) as subtitled but there are no sub title.. Can u

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Javed's 1 post GB flag

10:11 PM

Javed: The loss of subtitles on Channel 4, Film 4, More 4, E4, etc is due to damage caused by a fire suppression system at Red Bee Media's broadcast centre in London, where playout facilities are provided for Channel 4 and various other broadcasters. Following the incident, Channel 4 transferred to backup facilities at another location, however the system which provides subtitles has failed to operate. Work is ongoing to restore subtitles, as well as audio description and sign language, which should be made available once the systems have been restored.

Channel 4 have released a statement, although it doesn't give much information, nor any indication of when subtitles will be working again:
UPDATE: Access Services on Channel 4 | Channel 4

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StevensOnln1's 3,570 posts GB flag
Sunday, 6 February 2022
Freida Whitson
5:37 PM

Being two golden oldies, we have nearly all the channels we need without paying too much.p. We would like Chennai 4 to take into account all the lovely programmes we would like. Don't know hoe to do this. Can you help please.

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