Film Four Goes Freeview From 23rd July

 

Subscription Goes - Advertising Breaks Come In During Films

Film Four LogoChannel 4 has today confirmed that it is to relaunch FilmFour as the UK's only major free-to-air film channel, available at no cost to every digital TV home in the country from July 23rd.

The channel will launch on Freeview for the first time, but will also be on offer to all cable and satellite viewers without the need to pay a monthly subscription. On digital satellite, the FilmFour channel will be available to freesat viewers as well as Sky digital customers.

 

The new FilmFour channel will be available in a forecast 18 million homes by the end of 2006, compared to the 300,000 plus subscribers who currently pay up to £7 a month to receive the service.

Film Four is now FreeAndy Duncan, Channel 4 Chief Executive, said: "Channel 4 has a pedigree in film that is second to none amongst British broadcasters - we've not only showcased the best films on Channel 4 and FilmFour, we've actually funded and produced many of them as well. E4 has shown the ratings gains that can be made by going free-to-air and I'm convinced that a highly distinct and desirable brand like FilmFour can also make an impact on a wider audience."

From July the new free-to-air FilmFour will screen six films a day, starting at 3pm and coming off air at 3am. Films will typically start every two hours and the channel will offer a broader range of films than any other UK film channel, with classic films earlier in the day giving 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 will also premiere key titles financed and co-produced by Channel 4's film division, Film Four Productions, and will showcase the best of British and European cinema. It will programme seasons, events and short form programming, which were a successful feature of the pay FilmFour service.

The new FilmFour channel will carry advertising breaks within films for the first time.

The FilmFour free-to-air relaunch will involve the closure of FilmFour Weekly, although it is Channel 4's intention to keep a one-hour time-shifted version of the relaunched channel, FilmFour+1, running on digital satellite and cable platforms.

As well as launching the new free-to-air film channel, Channel 4 is also planning the launch of a FilmFour branded video-on-demand subscription service on various media platforms - including broadband, mobile and cable - to follow later in the year.

Duncan added: "This change will significantly extend our presence in multi-channel homes in advance of digital switchover. It will also strengthen our public service contribution by offering regular showcases for British and European movies, including films financed by Channel 4 itself through its £10m annual production fund.

"Our plans to launch FilmFour On Demand, available on broadband platforms, will enhance viewer choice further and complement the free-to-air offering.

"FilmFour has always been about great films you know and great films you don't - now all those great films will be absolutely free."

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+1 # mrGuest 2006-07-23 14:53
i have freeview but no channek 31 do i have to retune to receive film on 4?
-1 # mrGuest 2006-07-23 14:53
i have freeview but no channek 31 do i have to retune to receive film on 4?
0 # Guest 2006-07-24 00:34
I have a phillips set top box. it has no channel 31! i have tried re scanning as if i have just bought it, but no joy. it goes from 30 to 32. please help. thanks.
+1 # Guest 2006-07-24 00:34
I have a phillips set top box. it has no channel 31! i have tried re scanning as if i have just bought it, but no joy. it goes from 30 to 32. please help. thanks.
0 # Guest 2006-07-24 02:37
Unable to get channel 31, gets channels 30 & 31. Please advise
0 # Guest 2006-07-24 02:37
Unable to get channel 31, gets channels 30 & 31. Please advise
0 # Guest 2006-07-24 11:28
I have freeview, but I am not getting channel 31. Could some one tell me what could be the problem,
0 # Guest 2006-07-24 11:28
I have freeview, but I am not getting channel 31. Could some one tell me what could be the problem,
0 # Guest 2006-07-25 01:12
As with everyone else here, I have not yet recieved channed 31 on freeview. I have done plenty of full channel searches but still no film four channel!! could someone please advise?
0 # Guest 2006-07-25 01:12
As with everyone else here, I have not yet recieved channed 31 on freeview. I have done plenty of full channel searches but still no film four channel!! could someone please advise?
0 # no channel 31Guest 2006-07-25 02:11
please could you tell me how to get film four i have channel 30 and 32 no 31 :cry:
0 # no channel 31Guest 2006-07-25 02:11
please could you tell me how to get film four i have channel 30 and 32 no 31 :cry:
0 # Aerials need to be Wideband.Guest 2006-07-25 07:35
I\'ve been told you\'re missing multplex D which also broadcasts ITV Play, as well as TMF, The Hits and some others. Chances are you\'re aerial is of the wrong band, and a change to a wideband type would pull it in.\"
0 # Aerials need to be Wideband.Guest 2006-07-25 07:35
I\'ve been told you\'re missing multplex D which also broadcasts ITV Play, as well as TMF, The Hits and some others. Chances are you\'re aerial is of the wrong band, and a change to a wideband type would pull it in.\"
0 # Guest 2006-07-26 13:55
I can receive channel 31 but it is CBeebies until 6pm, so how does Film Four share the channel? Of it is on another channel that I don\\\'t have?

I receive all the other freeview channels, so what do I need to do to receive all these wonderful films?

Sue
0 # Guest 2006-07-26 13:55
I can receive channel 31 but it is CBeebies until 6pm, so how does Film Four share the channel? Of it is on another channel that I don\\\'t have?

I receive all the other freeview channels, so what do I need to do to receive all these wonderful films?

Sue
0 # Guest 2006-07-26 15:08
go to your settings, then installation, channel list, automatic search - hey presto - film four! :D :D
0 # Guest 2006-07-26 15:08
go to your settings, then installation, channel list, automatic search - hey presto - film four! :D :D
0 # film four adverts -look what you can winGuest 2006-07-27 03:12
Hi All, Im looking forward t owatching Road to Perdition -tonight at 9pm and catching Nottinghill.

To pass the time has any one done the ad challenge at www.channel4.com/film/film4ad

basically its a cool application -you make your own ad and get others to view it-the ones with the most views wins a Hand Held DVR I think there are 10 up for grabs!
plus the best ads get featured on tv :-)
0 # film four adverts -look what you can winGuest 2006-07-27 03:12
Hi All, Im looking forward t owatching Road to Perdition -tonight at 9pm and catching Nottinghill.

To pass the time has any one done the ad challenge at www.channel4.com/film/film4ad

basically its a cool application -you make your own ad and get others to view it-the ones with the most views wins a Hand Held DVR I think there are 10 up for grabs!
plus the best ads get featured on tv :-)
0 # Guest 2006-07-31 10:51
I had exactly the same problem - no Film Four on Freeview. I had done all the usual things - rescanned for new channels etc. I then spoke to a friend of mine who lives four miles further from the Sutton Coldfield transmitter than I do and he was receiving Film Four OK.
I purchased a new aerial from Maplin (?29.99) and replaced the old TV aerial in the loft with the new one (also in the loft). I then did a rescan for new Freeview channels and it was amazing how many more was found including Film Four! I checked the signal stregth of Film Four and it said 10 out of 10 - amazing! The old aerial was a narrow band 15 element yagi - a good aerial for the old analogue TV transmissions but obviously not so good for digital: the new aerial is a wide band 48 element yagi suitable for TV AND Digital transmission. Hope this helps.
0 # Guest 2006-07-31 10:51
I had exactly the same problem - no Film Four on Freeview. I had done all the usual things - rescanned for new channels etc. I then spoke to a friend of mine who lives four miles further from the Sutton Coldfield transmitter than I do and he was receiving Film Four OK.
I purchased a new aerial from Maplin (?29.99) and replaced the old TV aerial in the loft with the new one (also in the loft). I then did a rescan for new Freeview channels and it was amazing how many more was found including Film Four! I checked the signal stregth of Film Four and it said 10 out of 10 - amazing! The old aerial was a narrow band 15 element yagi - a good aerial for the old analogue TV transmissions but obviously not so good for digital: the new aerial is a wide band 48 element yagi suitable for TV AND Digital transmission. Hope this helps.
0 # Guest 2006-09-07 15:33
Channel search only found film4 if I chose to \'replace existing channels\', otherwise cbeebies was still there...
0 # Guest 2006-09-07 15:33
Channel search only found film4 if I chose to \'replace existing channels\', otherwise cbeebies was still there...
0 # film four problemsGuest 2006-11-04 12:33
did have film four, now gone, have retuned, nothing happened - can anyone help please, cold outside and we want to watch a film!!!
0 # film four problemsGuest 2006-11-04 12:33
did have film four, now gone, have retuned, nothing happened - can anyone help please, cold outside and we want to watch a film!!!