First Dates viewers distracted by Channel 4 technical problems

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Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

First Dates viewers took to social media to express their frustration tonight (September 27) as the sound became inaudible due to technical issues.

This evening's episode had a number of problems reported online, including subtitles not working and the voiceovers being so quiet they were hard to make out.

Channel 4 and All 4 went off air on Saturday (September 25) due to a "technical problem" and added today that All 4 was "still experiencing some problems".

Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

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The broadcaster suggested viewers "watch your favourite programmes on television" until the issues were rectified.

The technical difficulties predominantly affected the voiceovers, meaning fans missed large chunks of the introductions to each of the new guests.

Many First Dates viewers aired their concerns on Twitter.

Many were confused, as the sound issues seemed to primarily affect watching in high definition, but not in standard definition.

Others were frustrated because the subtitles weren't working on the website. Some also reported subtitles not being available on Freeview or Sky either.

Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

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There were a number of accounts from deaf and hard of hearing people saying they had to miss their favourite shows because they were unable to watch without captions.

The issues were reported with programming earlier in the day as well, including during 24 Hours in Custody.

Last month, the broadcaster also had technical issues during the premiere of Married at First Sight UK, which left viewers unable to see anything on the All 4 website.

Married at First Sight UK also aired on E4 tonight, which was interrupted by technical issues.

Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

Viewers reported that catch-up channel E4+1 was down for much of the evening, showing a generic message that the channel was off air, despite E4 continuing its usual programming.

Channel 4 also dropped off air in July, as issues with its advertising platform caused the All 4 live feed to randomly cut to commercial breaks throughout episodes of Love It or List It and Grand Designs.

Digital Spy has reached out to Channel 4 for comment.

First Dates airs on Channel 4.

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