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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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Sunday, 25 October 2015
Mick Fionda
5:50 PM

I live in Poole, Dorset, BH15 3HB and receive all my Freeview channels from the Mendips transmitter. I am having a problem trying to tune in channel 81, Talking Pictures TV. Although 85 miles from this transmitter I have perfect reception all the time, at least, on all the channels I watch including HD channels.
Any advice would be most welcome.
Mick Fionda

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Saturday, 7 November 2015
Neil C
8:05 PM

I have the same trouble using Rowridge transmitter. However I now know why - my aerial was installed for vertical polarity as this gave me the strongest signal. Talking Pictures TV is transmitted horizontally so I can't receive it. Another bill awaits me! Perhaps this could be the issue you have Mick. Neil C.

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Neil C's 1 post GB flag
Sunday, 8 November 2015
12:16 PM

I'm completely unable to access channel 81 despite several recent retunes.

We receive our Freeview channels from the Belmont transmitter. We can actually see it in the distance when lit up at night (about 10 miles away) across open countryside. Reception has always been excellent with a rooftop aerial (upgraded at the big switchover a few years ago).

My husband keeps going on about channel 81 as he receives it without problems on the main TV that he watches that has built in Freeview. I tend to watch on a TV in the dining room/study which has a digibox and it's this one that refuses to let me tune in channel 81. The latest retune showed loads of new channels but just not 81. After Channel 78? there's just a gap in the channel numbers until 120 (CBeebies or something like it)

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Jean's 7 posts GB flag

2:02 PM

Jean: Talking pictures is transmitted on Belmonts COM7 which is an HD transmitter, and which is only receivable on TV's or boxes fitted with DVB-T2 tuners. Is 101, 102,103 etc seen on your programme guide? if not, then this would indicate that your box is not capable of receiving HD transmissions.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag

7:01 PM

Neil C et al:

There have been many recent reports of such reception problems, and there have been many reports of atmospheric affects that can cause just the situation you report. So it is quite likely that the well known 'temperature inversion' effect may well be causing your problems. In such a situation do NOT try to retune your equipment as you are likely to lose even more channels.

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MikeP's 215 posts GB flag
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Monday, 9 November 2015
4:08 AM

MikeP, thanks very much for that advice


I think jb38 has hit the nail on the head! The channel numbers you mentioned are not listed on my available channels list and I know my equipment can't receive HD channels. I hadn't realised Talking Pictures was a HD transmission. I'll stop trying to tune it in now and save myself a lot of time and frustration. Thanks so much for the advice jb38.

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Tuesday, 22 December 2015
K J Gunnell
1:05 PM

I have retuned several times but am still unable to receive channel 81 in London W14 8HB. No problems with any other channels on freeview.

Any advice?

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1:34 PM

K J Gunnell: Is your TV equiped with an HD tuner? As has been said above, you can't get it without an HD tuner, even though its in SD. After that, it would come down to getting that particular mux, but since your just 13km from Crystal Palace, thats less likely to be a problem.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag

10:22 PM

I have been trying unsuccessfully to receive Talking Pictures through my HD TV tuner.

My aerial is trained on the Stockland Hill transmitter; apparently it doesn't transmit Talking Pictures!
Not all transmitter stations transmit that channel, so that maybe the real reason why some people cannot find it on their channel list.
Luckily I have Freesat, so can watch Talking Pictures via that, though it's not on the Freesat EPG yet.

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Mike's 22 posts GB flag
Monday, 4 January 2016
10:30 PM

Apparently you can only get this channel if you have a HD TV AND are receiving a signal from one of the limited transmitters with the HD extra channels e.g. BBC4. Not all Full Freeview transmitters are doing all the HD channels. So much for more channels for everyone!

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