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24.07.19 in Everything

Time to enjoy four new shows – and the return of one favourite – this July

Summer finally feels like it’s here. Long, (mostly) sunny days, lighter evenings and possibly a long-awaited summer break. When the sun is […]

13.06.19 in Everything

Too sunny, too rainy – how the British weather could cause Freeview interference

The summer has got off to a bit of a shaky start. With above normal temperatures at Easter and just below […]

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28.05.19 in Everything

And the winner is…

We love a bit of TV. Whether it’s trying to work out ‘who dunnit?’ before the end of the series, spotting […]

30.04.19 in Everything

Planning for 5G – the next generation of mobile technology

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26.03.19 in Everything

Spring has sprung

It’s official, it’s spring. The daylight hours are longer and it’s starting to feel warmer. The sound of birds singing, the […]

08.02.19 in Everything

Welcome 2019

It’s a new year and many of us will have started it with a list of New Year’s resolutions. New Year’s […]

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Poldark makes a welcome return

We left the last series in heartbreak following the tragic death of Elizabeth Warleggan. As we go back into 1800s, life for her grieving husband George will never be the same again. As for the swashbuckling Ross Poldark, we are sure there will be more sword fighting, punch ups and heroic deeds.

Judi Dench’s Wild Borneo Adventure

Thinking of travelling to a faraway destination?  Be inspired by Dame Judi’s adventure in Borneo. Join her on a journey of discovery as she gets to grips with a host of local wildlife from wrestling crocodiles and inquisitive orangutans to some of the deadliest snakes on the planet. And have your tissues at the ready as she watches three sun bears being released back into the wild after being rescued.

Inside the Ritz Hotel

What could be more iconic than tea at the Ritz? This fly-on-the-wall documentary series lifts the lid on the life of luxury its high-class clients get to enjoy. It’s already been dubbed the ‘real life Downton Abbey’ as the series will introduce some of the hotel’s most colourful characters who work tirelessly in the underbelly of the London landmark to keep this five-star establishment running like a well-oiled machine

Expedition with Steve Backshall

Steve is set to inspire us with more tales of his travels. An insight to those high adrenalin moments, might bring out your inner desire to try something new and exciting. In his new series, Steve travels to far flung places and hidden corners of the globe to uncover centuries old secrets. In this series, he’s teamed up with a group of experts including divers, kayakers and mountaineers to show us things we never thought possible.

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                    [post_content] => The summer has got off to a bit of a shaky start. With above normal temperatures at Easter and just below average temperatures for May, here’s hoping the summer months deliver us lots of blue skies and sunshine.

Too sunny?

When we’re blessed with clear skies and soaring temperatures the high air pressure that brings this weather can also affect Freeview signals.

Usually, a signal from a television transmitter can only be received by those homes that have aerials with a direct line-of-sight to the transmitter. On a warm summer day however, the hot air can get trapped under colder air high up, creating a layer which acts like a mirror for television signals, reflecting them back towards Earth. This can cause signals from different transmitters to overlap and result in Freeview interference.

The TV broadcasters can’t prevent it, and adjusting your aerial will make no difference. Reception will only improve when the weather changes.

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We hope you have a great summer! From the BBQ’s to the beaches and a clear Freeview signal.

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Killing Eve

Take one psychopathic, talented assassin and one smart but bored MI15 security office and pit them against each other and you get an explosive, compelling game of cat and mouse. It’s no surprise Killing Eve was awarded the prize for Best Drama Series. We’re on the edge of seats waiting for season two to start.

EastEnders

EastEnders first aired on 19 February 1985 and since that first episode, the show has tackled and continues to focus on some hard-hitting topics. Winner of the Soap and Continuing Drama award, long may the programme continue with its gritty storylines.

I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!

Aired live from an Australian jungle camp, I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! took the award for Reality and Constructed Factual. This celebrity-filled, survival reality television game show, makes us squirm and laugh in equal measures.

Britain’s Got Talent

Britain’s Got Talent, a showcase for undiscovered singers, dancers, magicians, comedians and more, was the winner for the Best Entertainment programme. With contestants that can make us laugh or move us to tears, in our view, this British staple is a worthy winner.

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Spring signals the time for hibernating animals to come out of their winter sleep. Having slowed down their body processes during winter to conserve energy, food is back in supply for hedgehogs and bats and it’s time to get up for something to eat!

Warm spring days also entice queen bumblebees to come out from their underground hibernation sites and buzz around in search of flowers to gain energy and to find suitable places to nest.

Blossom is also another sure sign that spring has arrived. Dense clusters of white and pink blooming flowers, whether on hawthorn, blackthorn or fruiting trees, make a stunning, if short lived, spectacle.

Trees and shrubs bursting with new life, carpets of bluebells, magnificent magnolia’s and vibrant azaleas – spring has definitely arrived.

It’s not the dawn chorus causing Freeview interference – there’s a small chance it may be due to 4G signals. We’re here to help - contact us on 0808 13 13 800 (free from UK landlines and mobiles).
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                    [post_content] => It’s a new year and many of us will have started it with a list of New Year’s resolutions. New Year’s resolutions are not a new trend, in fact they have been around for some 4,000 years and it’s thought the ancient Babylonians were the first people to start the tradition. However, 4,000 years ago, the new year began in mid-March when crops were planted and the time was celebrated with a 12-day religious festival. The Babylonians resolutions included paying their debts and returning any items they had borrowed. If they kept to their word, the gods would bestow favour on them for the coming year. 

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Don’t let interference get in the way of your New Year’s resolutions. If you notice new interference to Freeview – there’s a small chance it may be due to 4G mobile signals. We’re here to help – 0808 13 13 800 (free from UK landlines and mobiles).


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Poldark makes a welcome return

We left the last series in heartbreak following the tragic death of Elizabeth Warleggan. As we go back into 1800s, life for her grieving husband George will never be the same again. As for the swashbuckling Ross Poldark, we are sure there will be more sword fighting, punch ups and heroic deeds.

Judi Dench’s Wild Borneo Adventure

Thinking of travelling to a faraway destination?  Be inspired by Dame Judi’s adventure in Borneo. Join her on a journey of discovery as she gets to grips with a host of local wildlife from wrestling crocodiles and inquisitive orangutans to some of the deadliest snakes on the planet. And have your tissues at the ready as she watches three sun bears being released back into the wild after being rescued.

Inside the Ritz Hotel

What could be more iconic than tea at the Ritz? This fly-on-the-wall documentary series lifts the lid on the life of luxury its high-class clients get to enjoy. It’s already been dubbed the ‘real life Downton Abbey’ as the series will introduce some of the hotel’s most colourful characters who work tirelessly in the underbelly of the London landmark to keep this five-star establishment running like a well-oiled machine

Expedition with Steve Backshall

Steve is set to inspire us with more tales of his travels. An insight to those high adrenalin moments, might bring out your inner desire to try something new and exciting. In his new series, Steve travels to far flung places and hidden corners of the globe to uncover centuries old secrets. In this series, he’s teamed up with a group of experts including divers, kayakers and mountaineers to show us things we never thought possible.

Dark Money

This dark, four-part drama shows what happens when an ordinary family from London gets dragged into a sleazy Hollywood sex scandal. Starring Jill Halfpenny and Babou Ceesay, the drama unfolds for the Mensah family whose lives are turned upside down when the youngest son is abused by a member of the movie elite while working in the States. The family accept a payoff to keep the sex abuse secret but soon discover that the damage runs deeper than they feared and the price of taking the money may be too high.

There is so much choice when it comes to TV shows this summer. Which one are you most excited about? Tweet us at @at800tv. However, don’t let TV interference spoil your viewing. If you notice new TV interference, there’s a small chance it may be due to 4G signals. We’re here to help – contact us on 0808 13 13 800 (free from UK landlines and mobiles).

 
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