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All posts by Mark Wood

Below are all of Mark Wood's postings, with the most recent are at the bottom of the page.

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Bonanza Bonanza
Thursday 19 February 2015 7:49PM
Stoke-on-trent

J Theabald: That would mean the channel had to spend some money! Perish the thought.

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Read this: Channel 4 could be sold for ?1bn by a new Tory gover
Sunday 22 February 2015 11:14AM
Stoke-on-trent

Nick Anderson: No there is no real reason why the Government should not divest itself of ownership of Channel 4. As you quite rightly point out Nick, the Government could put in place some 'covenant' type restrictions on the new owners to ensure that they continued to stick to its remit.

It is interesting to see that one suggestion for a future for Channel 4 might be as an employee owned 'mutual' style organisation. That may be preferable to selling it.

I doubt the Tories will win an overall majority at the next election though. So it may not happen.

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True Entertainment
Monday 23 February 2015 8:52PM
Stoke-on-trent

I am pleased to report that the website of the True Channels (including "True Entertainment") is now back up and running after months of being under construction. However, the crafty little devils have changed the web address for it, so the link at the top of the page no longer works. Their website can now be found at:-

Home - True Channels

There is a "Contact Us" link on their website where anyone who wishes to complain about a)the lack of subtitles. b)the showing of episodes of TV series out of sequence. c)The Avengers being shown in the wrong aspect ratio. d)the EPG information not matching the actual programme being broadcast. e)Farscape (or any other series) suddenly ceasing to be broadcast. f)The broadcasting of two parts of a mini-series but not the third. g)anything else this pretty third rate channel has mucked up. Can now do so.

However, I still maintain that the best way of complaining to True Entertainment is by posting messages onto their Facebook page - which actually seem to get answered and answered publically so that others who have the same complaint can read them. The Facebook page for the True Channels can be found at:-

Update Your Browser | Facebook

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True Entertainment
Monday 23 February 2015 9:20PM
Stoke-on-trent

Mark Wood: Furthermore to my above post here are a few 'Answers' to complaints that "True Entertainment" have posted on their Facebook page recently.

Re: Planet of the Apes (TV Series) 3 people have already complained about episode 4 "The Good Seeds" being broadcast when episode 1 "Escape From Tomorrow" should have been broadcast. Also, the EPG information actually stated it was Ep.1 being broadcast when clearly it wasn't.
Answer: No reply from channel yet.

Re: The Avengers being broadcast in the wrong aspect ratio.
Answer:If you are having trouble with the aspect ratio on The Avengers please switch the settings on your tv to auto and this should be a temporary resolution until we are able to deal with the problem. Thanks for your patience and sorry for any inconvenience. Hope you all enjoy tonight's episode!

Re: Episode of The Avengers "A Sense of History" not broadcast on 5th Feb 2015 or repeated on 6th Feb.
Answer: At the moment it appears the tape was corrupted. We are looking into rescheduling it for another date now and I will get back to you on this. Sorry for inconvenience and hopefully we will have a resolution for you soon.

That does actually prove that the channel does actually employ at least one poor soul.

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Vintage TV
Friday 27 February 2015 4:52PM

GRAHAM: First of all Graham, this is not the website of Vintage TV (or any other TV channel).

If your brother does not have satellite TV (Sky or Freesat) and does not have an internet connection then I am afraid that there is no way for him to watch Vintage TV.

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City TV Broadcasting
Friday 27 February 2015 7:13PM

The new local TV channel for Birmingham, the Black Country, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton launches tomorrow 28th February 2015. Although it will be operated by Kaleidoscope TV it will be broadcast under the name:-

Big Centre TV

The first programme will begin transmission at 6pm on Freeview channel 8. The channel has already gained some good publicity as it will be transmitting a classic episode of "Crossroads" at 7:30pm.

The Big Centre TV website is at:-

Home - Big Centre TV - local TV for the West Midlands

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City TV Broadcasting
Sunday 1 March 2015 10:29PM

Mathew: Hi Mathew, I'm sorry but I think that you have answered your own question there.

Although Big Centre TV are based at Walsall Studio School they are only transmitting from two transmitters Sutton Coldfield and Brierly Hill. Both transmitters are broadcasting a directional signal in towards Birmingham.

The two transmitters are broadcasting the signal in a different way so as to maximise the number of households that can receive it. Sutton Coldfield is broadcasting Horizontal Polarisation while Brierly Hill is broadcasting Vertical Polarisation.

So I'm afraid that if you have already tried multiple manual and auto retunes and are not picking it up on channel 8 then it would seem that Aldridge is outside that directional signals path. Can you receive QVC on Freeview channel 57 and POP on channel 125 ?

However, the channel's own website has a "Watch Live" feature which should allow you to watch programmes live. I live in Stoke-on-Trent so I'm way out of range for this channel but I've just checked and it is showing the programme currently being transmitted "The Ad's Show". (You do need to input your name and e-mail address to watch the channel live via the website).

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True Entertainment
Sunday 1 March 2015 11:14PM

ian m: Still no comment from the channel about their error in broadcasting the wrong episode of Planet of the Apes last week. But yes they do seem to have started over again from episode 1. Episode 2 is listed for broadcast on Sunday 8th March. They also seem to be repeating their broadcasts of Planet of the Apes on Fridays at 11pm - midnight.

The channel have also received complaints about the EPG information for episodes of The Avengers being out of synch with the episode being broadcast.

Anthony Butlin: Sorry Anthony this is not the website of the channel "True Entertainment" so you would have to ask them why they have stopped repeating The Avengers in the 11am slot. I did wonder if they might be doing it for just one week as all of the programmes in the 11am slot seem to be about the royal family - but now I see that on Wednesday they are showing a TV movie unconnected the royals, so it seems that they have ditched the repeat and replaced it with other content.

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bob barfoot: Further to MikeP's reply - If you are receiving Big Centre TV (the newly launched local TV channel for Birmingham and the Black Country) then you can ONLY be receiving C51 UHF from Sutton Coldfield or Brierly Hill as those are the only two transmitters broadcasting that channel (on channel 8 of your EPG).

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Neil: Can you be a bit more specific as to what you mean by "having trouble" with the channels on C33 - i.e. total loss of picture, picture and/sound breakup etc. and is it on all of the C33 (COM7) channels or just one or two?

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