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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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2018 – that’s a wrap!

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Looking for some winter sun?

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The history of Halloween

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28.09.18 in Everything

at800 to trial new, more timely, communication to TV viewers

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Strictly returns! We’re looking back at the show’s best moments

Strictly is back! Waltzing onto our screens over 14 years ago the show has been a hit with the public ever […]

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Despite the tradition’s religious roots, today many of us make New Year’s resolutions focused on self-improvement. It’s said that 17 January is the date when most resolutions waiver but no doubt in January 2020 we will start the year with another list and the same determination to see them through.

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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                    [post_content] => As 2018 draws to a close, we’ve looked back at some of our favourite TV shows that have been shown on Freeview this year. It’s been a bumper crop of drama, edge of the seat thrillers and some downright scary stuff. We hope you enjoy our selection.

The Bodyguard

This had to be undoubtedly one of the biggest TV dramas in 2018. The Home Secretary and the heroic war veteran, their relationship and political clashes certainly made for an explosive mix and had us guessing the outcome right to the end.

The Handmaid’s Tale

Harrowing, slow-burning and as utterly compelling as ever, the second season of the Handmaid’s Tale deepened the drama, while giving us a wider insight into Gilead’s oppressive, violent theocracy. It certainly was uncomfortable watching at times but protagonist June still showed us she was a force to be reckoned with.

Requiem

The supernatural drama thriller Requiem was a sharp, spooky - and often bafflingly complex - series. After the suicide of her mother, a box of press clippings led Matilda to the fictional Welsh town of Penllynith to investigate the mysterious 1994 disappearance of toddler Carys.

Vanity Fair

Based on William Makepeace Thackeray’s Victorian novel, this adaption featured an all-star cast. Set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, this costume drama followed the feisty and scheming Becky Sharp as she attempted to escape poverty and ascend the heights of English Society.

We could go on to say how much we truly enjoyed Innocent, Wanderlust, Collateral, A Very English Scandal, Kiri, Hard Sun, Butterfly, McMafia, Ordeal by Innocence, Come Home, The Woman in White, The Split and Strangers but we just don’t have the space.

As 2018 comes to an end, we’re already excited about what 2019 will bring us.

Don’t let interference on your small screen spoil the drama. 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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                    [post_content] => If ‘I’m a celebrity… get me out of here’ has inspired you to seek out some winter sunshine or made you want to simply get away from it all, there are a couple of travel channels on Freeview that might inspire you.

TravelXP offers a peek at famous World Heritage sites and shares tales of courageous kingdoms from each. ‘Off the Grid’ allows you to discover places off the beaten track and unexplored cultures around the world and ‘Kissed by the sea’ travels to exotic locations to learn about the customs and traditions along with local cuisines and culture.

For further inspiration, the Travel Channel includes programmes that transport viewers around the globe, from luxury getaways and culinary quests to backpacking adventures and epic journeys.

If you’re planning your great escape and 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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                    [post_content] => Halloween or Hallowe’en is celebrated across the world on 31 October and the celebrations we have today can be traced back more than 2,000 years.

Halloween originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain - a festival which marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark cold winter, symbolising the boundary between the world of the living and the world of the dead.

The Celts believed that on the night of 31 October, ghosts of their dead would revisit the mortal world and large bonfires were lit in each village to ward off any evil spirits.

The Romans, who conquered much of the Celtic tribal lands in 43AD, embraced many of the Celtic festivals into their own celebrations. After the Romans moved out of Britain in the early 5th century, a new set of conquerors began to move in. In the decades that followed, Christian teaching and faith arrived. Among the many Christian Festivals introduced was ‘All Hallows’ Day’, also known as ‘All Saints Day’; a day to remember those who had died for their beliefs.

Originally celebrated on 13 May, sometime in the 8th century the date of the All Hallows’ feast was moved to 1 November. The night or evening of Samhain became known as All-hallows-even then Hallow Eve, still later Hallowe’en and then Halloween.

Throughout Britain, Halloween has traditionally been celebrated by children’s games such as bobbing for apples, telling ghost stories, trick or treat and pumpkin carving, the latter featuring faces which are usually lit inside with a candle and were intended to ward off any evil spirits.

If you’ve noticed new interference to your Freeview – there’s a small chance it may be due to 4G mobile signals, rather than a poltergeist hiding inside your TV set.  We're here to help – 0808 13 13 800 (free from UK landlines and mobiles).

 
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                    [post_content] => For the duration of the at800 programme we’ve aimed to let viewers know in advance when masts near their homes may disrupt TV received through an aerial. We have done this by sending postcards to addresses that we predict could be at risk of interference.

 

One of the challenges with this approach is that many masts can be delayed in activating and actually come on a long time later, and our postcard with contact information may have been forgotten or recycled. In addition, some recipients can think existing reception problems are related to mobile signals, when no nearby mast has been switched on.

 

Alongside this approach we have also been reminding people that they may contact us for support if further masts have switched on that could increase chances of interference at their address. This reminder communication - after interference could have occurred - has been more effective in weeding out cases of genuine issues with TV reception related to 4G.

 

Our experience is that people pay more attention to communication if they are already experiencing issues with their reception and contact us for help.

 

Therefore, starting from 1 October 2018, we will only communicate with homes after masts have activated. So, from that date, if you receive a new at800 postcard and have noticed new TV interference there is a better chance it could be due to 4G interference caused by a new mast activation in your area.

 

Receiving a card will now also mean that, depending on your mobile operator, 4G coverage in your area has improved.

 

Our focus is always on delivering excellent customer service and providing the best support for viewers. Please contact us on 0808 13 13 800 if you have noticed new Freeview interference to see how we may help.
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                    [post_content] => Strictly is back! Waltzing onto our screens over 14 years ago the show has been a hit with the public ever since.

To celebrate its return, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite Strictly moments. So, put your best foot forward and quickstep your way to the sofa…


John Sergeant’s interesting take on the paso doble

Strictly has seen its fair share of celebrities take to the dancefloor when many would’ve preferred they didn’t. John Sergeant was one of those contestants. John’s interpretation of the paso doble saw him marching across the floor, dragging partner Kristina Rihanoff behind him - an image that many will not forget in a hurry.

Russell Grant being fired out of a cannon

We thought things couldn’t get any crazier on the dancefloor, until we saw astrologer, Russell Grant being fired out of a cannon to S Club 7’s song Reach. Judge Bruno Tonioli gave the couple a 7 for “the sheer insanity of it all”.

Bruno Tonioli falling off his chair

The judge is not one to hold back when giving his feedback, telling Ann Widdecombe, “you were like a lame canary, just flapping around the floor”. He often provides contestants with examples to go along with his commentary and each series he creates a moment to remember, making him consistently one of our favourite judges. One of his most memorable moments was when he laughed so hard at fellow judge Len Goodman that he actually fell off his chair.

McFly taking to the floor as Harry Judd wins One of the happiest Strictly scenes came when Harry Judd was announced as the winner of Series 9 in 2011. His bandmates took over the dancefloor to celebrate his win, only to be told by host Bruce Forsyth to “get away” as they were shooed off the stage. You can catch the new series of Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One. The first episode airs on Saturday 8 September. Should Freeview interference, caused by 4G signals in your area prevent you from tuning into Strictly, or any of your favourite shows, please contact us on 0808 13 13 800. [post_title] => Strictly returns! We’re looking back at the show’s best moments [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => strictly-returns-looking-back-shows-best-moments [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-09-07 15:18:32 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-09-07 14:18:32 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://at800.tv/?post_type=updates&p=55520 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => updates [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post_count] => 6 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 57137 [post_author] => 64 [post_date] => 2019-02-08 14:47:30 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-02-08 14:47:30 [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. Around 46BC, the calendar year was changed by emperor Julius Caesar and 1 January became the start of the new year. Named for Janus, the two-faced god whose spirit inhabited doorways and arches, the Romans believed Janus looked backwards into the previous year and ahead to the future. The Romans made promises of good conduct and offered sacrifices to the deity. For early Christians, the first day of the new year became the traditional occasion for thinking about one’s past mistakes and resolving to do and be better in the future. In 1740, the Covenant Renewal Service was introduced, most commonly held on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. Also known as known as watchnight services, these are held on New Year’s Eve are often spent praying and making resolutions for the coming year. Despite the tradition’s religious roots, today many of us make New Year’s resolutions focused on self-improvement. It’s said that 17 January is the date when most resolutions waiver but no doubt in January 2020 we will start the year with another list and the same determination to see them through. 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). [post_title] => Welcome 2019 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => welcome-2019 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-02-14 14:51:09 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-02-14 14:51:09 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://at800.tv/?post_type=updates&p=57137 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => updates [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [comment_count] => 0 [current_comment] => -1 [found_posts] => 59 [max_num_pages] => 10 [max_num_comment_pages] => 0 [is_single] => [is_preview] => [is_page] => [is_archive] => [is_date] => [is_year] => [is_month] => [is_day] => [is_time] => [is_author] => [is_category] => [is_tag] => [is_tax] => [is_search] => [is_feed] => [is_comment_feed] => [is_trackback] => [is_home] => 1 [is_404] => [is_embed] => [is_paged] => [is_admin] => [is_attachment] => [is_singular] => [is_robots] => [is_posts_page] => [is_post_type_archive] => [query_vars_hash:WP_Query:private] => e7a38112747c768fd300a6e5a7f02339 [query_vars_changed:WP_Query:private] => [thumbnails_cached] => [stopwords:WP_Query:private] => [compat_fields:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => query_vars_hash [1] => query_vars_changed ) [compat_methods:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => init_query_flags [1] => parse_tax_query ) )

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