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Film 4 is a commerical-break funded TV channel.

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From Wikipedia: edit Programming Film4 did not originally focus on broadcasting blockbusters, but nowadays broadcasts many mainstream Hollywood movies. The channel frequently has themed nights or seasons in which a number of films centred around one genre, director or actor are shown. As Channel 4 also owns a film production company, Film4 Productions, it shows many of its in-house productions. - link icon read more about Film 4 on wikipedia (summary by Clipped).

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This channel carries a subtitles service for the deaf, hard of hearing and quiet environments.

Monday, 3 March 2014
10:55 PM

Paul: The recorder and the TV have seperate tuners - so that you can record whilst watching another programme etc. Think of them as to different boxes, but one plugs into the other.

Since I've never even heard of Techwood and a google brought up very little info, it looks like tech support is unlikely. If Brianist's solution does not work, then a very decent PVR can be yours for around £150. The one we recommend at work is generally Humax (the BT Youview box is a version of their Youview recorder), and the latest 2000 model (with twin Freeview HD tuners, 500gb hard drive and the capacity to get Iplayer) is about £169. It has both HDMI and scart/RCA connections, so its very flexible.

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MikeB's 1,290 posts Gold Gold GB
10:59 PM

Paul: Sorry, the HUmax 2000 is £179.95, the Panasonic PVR is £169.95 (although the 500gb seems a little thin on the ground).

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MikeB's 1,290 posts Gold Gold GB
Tuesday, 4 March 2014
12:26 AM


Cheers Mike.

I'm not surprised that there isn't much info on the Techwood model that I have, it's pretty old by today's standards. When the machine itself can't find software to upgrade itself, the model is probably obsolete.

My rule of thumb is, when it gets to the point that you have get out and push then it's definitely time to start looking for another recorder.

I'll definitely take a look at the Humax.

Thanks again.

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Paul's 9 posts GB
6:29 PM

Paul: The chassis used in the Techwood AEDTR80S7 are manufactured by a Turkish company called Vestel who also supply virtually the same chassis to a large number of other well known brand names, e.g: Hitachi, Wharfedale, Goodmans, Alba, Digiholme etc to name but a few.

Since those chassis were first released in 2007 they have undergone a series of software updates and with V13 being the final "over air" download back in 2010, this being released in an attempt to cure a notorious stuttering, jumping problem that affected playback of previous recordings on a number of models.

However, as it appears that you have not reported any problems with playback other than with Film4 I was curious as to what version of software is installed in your box? this being revealed by pressing - menu / set up / configuration, receiver upgrade indicating the number required.

The other aspect I wondered about being, does this blank screen on playback issue also apply if you carry out an "instant record" at the start of a programme? also if you wish to "view" Film4 from say ITV3 rather than inching up the channels one at a time from 10 does pressing button1 then 5 result in Film4 being seen?

My only reason for enquiring being that I coupled up (then rescanned) an old Hitachi PVR I have that uses the same chassis as your Techwood and it recorded / played back Film4 OK, that is with the exception of the stuttering problem previously referred to simply because of me not (as yet) having installed the V13 software update that I downloaded last year from the website.

By the way, I do realise you are considering having a look at the Humax range as suggested by MikeB and which is a good idea!, albeit that although Humax manufactures a range of good quality reliable devices they unfortunately all lack the sheer user friendliness of the menu system used in the Vestel range of PVR's.

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jb38's 6,325 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
1:08 AM

jb38: There is a jumping problem on playback, not always, but enough to that I've noticed it.

I definitely don't have V13. I recently tried to upgrade the software through the menus that you've mentioned, but it only gets a short way and then never completes the search.

When recording it doesn't matter how the recording is done the result is still a blank screen, no sound and the recording fast forwards to the end.

I can change channels by using the number keys; I've not had any problem at all with channel changing.

It's a bit of a strange problem. I can record Film4+1 but only half way and then again sometimes not at all, and I then lose the second half as the recorder for some reason records the second half on Film4.

I did wonder at one point if the machine was on its way out as I regularly have to unplug to reset it after the controls seize up.

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Paul's 9 posts GB
Thursday, 6 March 2014
12:39 AM

Paul: On the basis of what you had reported before leaving for work this morning I set the Hitachi PVR to record two programmes of a more lengthy nature over that of the 45 minute test recording I had previously reported as having worked perfectly OK, both programmes set for recording having running times of about 105 minutes or so and with one being set for recording on Film4 and the other for recording on Film4+1.

Checking the result of tests this evening rather indicates that things have deteriorated since the box was first stored away approximately two years ago, as the programme set for recording on Film4+1 (45) was also seen to have been recorded on Film4 (15) even although I had double checked that it hadn't been duplicated on the recording list, the other programme (Please Sir) set for recording on Film4 having been split shortly after an hour by its latter part being partially recorded on Film4 +1, this being similar to what you have experienced.

When I get around to finding the time to fish out my RS232 cable I intend to install the V13 upgrade as the boxes software version is presently 2.7, that said I don't really hold out much hope for the device as those software updates are up to a point a bit hit and miss as to whether or not they will improve the situation or even make it worse, although the whole thing is really being done as an exercise as I have two Humax Freeview PVR's I can use for recording, my wife though much preferring the user friendly menu system used in Vestel chassis devices.

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Thursday, 13 March 2014
Jonathan Bristow
2:27 PM Tewkesbury

"Film4 missing". ***Solved*** (for me...)

Hitachi TV (L24DG07U) - couldn't find Film4
Bush BU11FVRSD32/X Freeview+ recorder - couldn't find Film4
Digihome DVB915 Freeview box - Film4 found OK

I couldn't get Film4 since some time last year. Film4+1 was OK. The problem for me seems to be the Ridge Hill transmitter which broadcasts PSB2 on channel 25 _and_ channel 29. Channel 29 carries ITV1 and Film4 only. So when I scanned for channels, channel 25 settings were overwritten by channel 29 settings. (I don't know why the channel 29 version didn't work.)

The solution: scan for channels (probably best to scan as if for the first time), and then UNPLUG the aerial lead as the TV or digibox starts to scan channel 29. On the Hitachi TV this was indicated on screen. On the Bush recorder I had to work it out by guesswork (after 115 channels were found).

Hope this helps someone.

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Wednesday, 4 June 2014
John Davies
9:02 PM Alfreton

I'm having problems with Film4 on freeview channel 15 as it keeps switching off after a few seconds of play but on channel 045 film4+1 there isn't any problems, any thoughts. For your information I've auto tuned a number of times.

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Thursday, 5 June 2014
6:28 PM

Keep losing sound on channel15 after a few seconds on Toshiba set but picture fine.

Sound and picture ok on Panasonic set.

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Bob's 1 post GB
Friday, 6 June 2014
3:52 AM

I having same problem as Bob but on a Toshiba set.

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