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How to Watch: BBC Four HD


Below is a list of all the television and radio channels that you can watch in the UK using one of the free services: DAB (for radio), Freeview, Sky No Card - Sky without a viewing card (Freesat from Sky (or fSfS)) and Freesat.. Where a channel can be watched for free, the channel number is listed below. In addition, if you can watch (or listen) immediately online, press the button in the "web" column.

As some channels are exclusive to one service alone, you may need to get receive more than one service to get all the channels you want. The coverage for Freeview differs too - those channels not provided by the public service "Freeview Light" transmitters the current coverage shown thus (54%), taken from Connected Nations Report 2017: Data analysis'

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High definition channels
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BBC Four HDaccount_box live_tv   106 (76%)watch_later 116watch_later 107watch_later

Regional content: National channel with no regional content or variations.

media.info: For full details of broadcaster contacts, see the media.info link icon media.info BBC Four HD page.

Official site: See the www.bbc.co.uk link icon BBC Four HD website.

From Wikipedia: - en.wikipedia.org en.wikipedia.org link icon read more about BBC Four HD on wikipedia (summary by Clipped).

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Monday, 23 December 2013
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Rob Dewey
7:27 AM
Cheltenham

I understood that BBC 4 HD is available on Ridge Hill. I have done a full retune but no BBC 4 HD. I can receive the other BBC HD channels without a problem.

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jb38
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7:49 AM

Rob Dewey: BBC4 HD will be transmitting on COM7 Ch32 from Ridge Hill, but this mux transmitter is not due to come into service until 2014 hence why you are unable to receive it.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Tuesday, 31 December 2013
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Robert
5:05 PM

Does anyone know when the Waltham transmitter will be broadcasting BBC4 HD?

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jb38
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5:40 PM

Robert: According to my info its March 2014, although you can expect a period of test transmissions to be taking place before then.

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Friday, 3 January 2014
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IVOR ALLISON
7:08 PM

Cant get BBC4 HD or BBC News Channel HD is it on Winter Hill or is it my aerial

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IVOR ALLISON's 2 posts GB
Saturday, 4 January 2014
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Jill
11:19 PM

I'm not at all tech savvy. Can someonee give me some guidance pls on what I need to do to tune in BBC4HD from Sutton Coldfield. Everything else is fine but auto tune doesn't seem to pick this station up. Is there anyway I can tune it in manually? Ta!

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Dave Lindsay
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11:49 PM

Jill: With manual tuning you need to scan UHF channel 33 (570MHz). If there is an option for DVB-T or DVB-T2 then select the latter. Standard definition transmissions use DVB-T; high definition ones use the later DVB-T2.

If you are using a communal aerial system such as are often provided in a block of flats then you will may need to contact the party responsible so as to get an engineer to enable reception of C33.

The transmission power of C33 is lower than the others. Consequently some users will not be able to receive it reliably.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Sunday, 5 January 2014
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Jill
10:21 AM
Stourbridge

Dave Lindsay: thanks Dave. I'll give it a try. We are on the edge of Sutton range i think and in a dip but could get good Freeview reception ages before we were 'supposed to'. We did this with a mains powered booster on the aerial in the loft but when we had a new aerial fitted the bloke said it was no longer necessary. Checking the available stations I see there are a few we should be getting but aren't but also a few we do have that aren't on the published list for Sutton. We do get most other HD channels now with super reception but not BBC4HD or BBCNewsHD. I wonder if those we aren't getting are all on this C33. Would a booster help again do you think? We watch BBC4 a lot!

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Jill's 3 posts GB
Monday, 6 January 2014
Dave Lindsay
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4:12 PM

Jill: Yes, try the booster.

The signal you're trying to receive is 81.3kW (according to Digital UK), so it is in now way "low". The pre-switchover digital signals were at 8kW from Sutton Coldfield.

Your difficulty is likely to be caused by the fact that you don't have line-of-sight to the transmitter. If you were to go higher above the ground, where you could see the transmitter above the obsticles, then you would have excellent reception.

What I suggest you do is go to the manual tuning screen and enter/select C33 but do not press the button to scan the channel, as most receivers act as a signal meter. From there determine whether there is any strength and quality to the signal. See whether adding the booster helps.

The thing with digital reception is that there is strength and quality. A receiver requires the strength to be above a particular level (threshold) in order to resolve a picture (assuming quality is good). So if you have a good quality signal that isn't high enough you can use the booster to make it bigger. If it's a poor quality signal that is too low, adding the booster will make it into a bigger poor quality signal. Due to the fact that you don't have line-of-sight you could potentially find that the quality isn't there.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Tuesday, 7 January 2014
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Jill
7:23 AM
Stourbridge

Thanks Dave, your advice is appreciated. We'll give it a go. Jill


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