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Information and advice on getting the movie channel Film Four.
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Film4 offers a mix of major Hollywood films with great British films, both new and old, alongside timeless classics and cult favourites. The channel has an ongoing commitment to showcasing British films and filmmakers, with one in four of all films transmitting on the channel coming from the UK.
Film4 is part of Channel 4's free lineup, which includes digital channels E4 and More4.
Film4 is available on Sky TV, Freeview, Freesat and on Virgin Media cable. Here are the main ways to get Film4:
Freeview is subscription-free, and if you don't currently have Freeview, all you need to do is to buy a set-top box, and plug it in to your TV and your aerial. Boxes are priced from as little as £25 (such as the Matsui DTR3 from Currys). There's no subscription, no ties, and no contract. You must be an area of Freeview coverage.
More on getting Freeview on our Freeview Basics page
|Sky Satellite||Sky Digital - Channel 315
Film 4 is free to view on the Sky Digital satellite platform. Sky Digital offers hundreds of TV and radio channels, beamed into your home and received with a digibox and Sky minidish. As well as being available on Sky Digital, it's available on free-to-view satellite.
For more on Sky, go to www.sky.com , or see our Sky Digital page
|Virgin Cable TV||
Virgin Media - Channel 428 (Film 4 HD on channel 429)
For more on cable, see our Cable TV page
Freesat - Channel 300
Film4 is available on the satellite service Freesat
For more on Freesat, see our Freesat page
TalkTalk TV - Channel 230
Film4 is available on the Internet TV service TalkTalk TV
For more on TalkTalk TV, see our TalkTalk TV Information page
What Film4 Offers:
The free-to-air Film4 channel screens six films a day, with a new film starting every two hours between 3pm and 3am. Classic films earlier in the day will give way to modern Hollywood output and the best of US and UK independent cinema in peak and foreign language and cult cinema late night.
The channel premieres key titles financed and co-produced by Channel 4's film division, Film Four Productions, and showcases the best of British and European and International cinema. It programmes seasons, events and short form programming, which are a successful feature of the FilmFour pay-TV service.
We've had a couple of messages to our podcast from Freeview viewers that are having problems getting Film 4 on Freeview. Film4 is on Multiplex D - which is the same multiplex as the channels Yesterday, Challenge, Smooth Radio and Magic.
- If you can't get any of the channels on Multiplex D (Yesterday, QVC and TMF), then there's most likely a reception problem stopping you getting this multiplex. There are several ways to improve your Freeview reception, which we outline on improving reception page.
- If you can get the other channels on Multiplex D, and it's just Film 4 you're missing, then it's likely to be a problem with your box:
- Firstly, double-check that Film4 isn't on a different channel number to the one you were expecting. If you have a different channel name on Channel 15, this indicates you have an out-of-date lineup and need to rescan. To tune to Film4, try performing a full rescan of your channels (not just an "add").
- If that doesn't work, try a reset of your Freeview set-top box - power off the box at the mains for 30 seconds, switch on, then perform a full rescan. Check your Freeview receiver's manual for how to do a factory reset if that doesn't help.
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