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Talking Pictures TV is the home of Vintage and Classic Programming targeting the over 65 demographic with a range of Films and Entertainment from the 1930's onwards. We are the home of the good old fashioned black and white afternoon film, available throughout the day.

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Talking Pictures TV   82 (90%) 328 306

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Freeview multiplex: Talking Pictures TV is on multiplex COM6 in england flagscotland flagnorthernireland flagwales flag.

Tuesday, 13 October 2020
7:31 AM

Chris.SE: many thanks, it all looks rather bleak but postcode is: BN11 4DE. Let me have your verdict please!

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Kayj's 5 posts GB flag
Kayj's: mapK's Freeview map terrainK's terrain plot wavesK's frequency data K's Freeview Detailed Coverage

11:42 AM

Kayj: It looks like you're not really in a good location for any transmitter and would be far better off getting a Freesat box and dish installed, rather than spending a lot of time/money/effort on trying to receive a satisfactory Freeview signal.

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StevensOnln1's 3,639 posts GB flag

11:56 PM


When your first said Worthing BN11, I knew it was a "tricky" area from previous experience. According to the Freeview Detailed Coverage Checker you are definitely in an "awkward" location!!

I tend to agree with StevensOnln1 but, two points.
A number of modern sets have built-in Freesat tuners so all you need is the Dish and LNB.
2nd, the predictors aren't always 100% accurate. It does give the 3 transmitters I mentioned as "possibles" but none of them predict very reliable signals for the 6 main muxes.
Findon, the closest, gives the best for (only) the PSBs.
Whitehawk Hill is possibly the best for COMs4-6 with Rowridge VP (vertical) a close second for those COMs and better for the PSBs.

Have a look at your neighbours aerials and see which way they are pointing may give you an idea whether and what is worth bothering. From your location details are -
Findon is bearing 336 degrees (~NNW) rods vertcial.
Whitehawk Hill is bearing 84 degrees (6 degrees N of due E), rods vertical
Rowridge is bearing 256 degrees (14 degrees S of due W) rods vertical for the most reliable reception from Rowridge. Some may have the rods horizontal (and maybe get COM7) but the COMs are likely to be least reliable.

You could try manual tuning (or checking) for Rowridge's UHF channels (if your aerial is actually pointing that way) because with automatic tuning as the signals from all the transmitters are likely to be variable it may incorrectly pickup signals other than Rowridge which will be very unreliable with an aerial not pointing at them.
In the order PSBs1-3, COMs 4-6 the UHF channels are as follows -
Rowridge C24, C27, C21, C25, C22, C28 (COM7 is on C55 if the rods are horizontal)
Whitehawk Hill C48, C35, C36, C32, C34, C33
Findon C44, C41, C47

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Chris.SE's 4,200 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 14 October 2020
7:01 PM

Chris.SE: many thanks for all of this useful information and to Steven.

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Kayj's 5 posts GB flag
Friday, 26 March 2021
2:30 PM

I've noticed Talking Pictures seem to endlessly repeat programmes, ( like all commercial stations these are paid for by advertising ) although I wonder if these particular productions are free of copyright. I quite enjoy the channel as there's so little else on offer. Mind you `That'll Be The Day', `No Sex Please We're British' and many others seem to be on a loop.

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Matthew's 1 post GB flag
Wednesday, 6 October 2021
Paul payne
2:31 PM

I live Whickham Tyne wear could get talking pictures channel 81 on humax box freeview now gone but on other TV set old fashioned v Areal
On top we still get it live in flat communal
Areal that most be problem I think

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Paul payne's 1 post GB flag
Sunday, 7 November 2021
Anne Smith
3:26 PM

Is it possible to watch Talking Pictures on my tablet at all

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Anne Smith's 1 post GB flag

10:57 PM

Anne Smith:

I'm afraid not.
The Freeview app's blurb gives the impression you can watch any Freeview channel -
Quote "You can now enjoy your favourite Freeview shows on your mobile or tablet."
But in fact it's only programmes via the Players that are part of Freeview Play -
Browse great shows from BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, My5 and UKTV Play, all in one place. Just make sure you have their apps on your device to enjoy the best Freeview experience.

If it's because you can't get COM6 on your TV, your next best bet might be Freesat. If your TV has an inbuilt Satellite tuner, all you'd need is a dish and LNB.

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Chris.SE's 4,200 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 24 November 2021
Mary Douglas
8:42 AM

Simon Abrahams: have downloaded Freeview to my iPad but cannot get channel 81 to load. Disappointed since it is what I watch most of the time.
Mary in EH125QF

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Mary Douglas's 1 post GB flag

2:53 PM

Mary Douglas:

See the two posts just before yours (p18).

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Chris.SE's 4,200 posts GB flag
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