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30.08.17 in Everything

A treasure trove of TV

The summer is drawing to a close, Love Island feels like a distant memory and it’s the time of year where […]

31.07.17 in Lighter side

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

For a large part of this summer we’ve had surprisingly hot weather and clear blue skies, but while we’ve been enjoying […]

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15.06.17 in Lighter side

Who’s the daddy? Our top TV dads

Father’s Day, 18 June, isn’t just about remembering to get your dad a tie, a pair of socks or miscellaneous toiletries. […]

12.05.17 in Everything

The best and worst of Eurovision

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28.04.17 in Everything

How do 4G filters work?

What’s a filter and how does work? Radio frequencies at 800 megahertz (MHz) are now used for 4G but, up until […]

23.04.17 in Lighter side

Celebrating real life and fictional heroes

On Sunday 23 April we celebrated St. George – the patron saint of England who, according to legend, courageously fought off […]

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                    [post_content] => The summer is drawing to a close, Love Island feels like a distant memory and it’s the time of year where we settle in with some familiar telly. The X-Factor, Strictly and The Great British Bake Off are all back! But what happens if you’re just not in the mood for another autumn of classic TV? Don’t panic, pop the kettle on, grab the remote and get ready to explore, because there is a whole host of TV shows to match a variety of moods and activities.

For those lazy Sunday afternoons

Every now and again we all deserve a day stretched out on the sofa, indulging in comfort food, and watching on our favourite TV classics. The channel for the job? ‘5 Star’. Filled with popular noughties shows, you can expect back to back episodes of ‘8 Simple Rules’ and ‘My Wife and Kids’. The jokes still get us giggling, and no matter how many episodes of ‘That 70’s Show’ we watch, we can’t stop swooning over baby faced Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis unknowingly falling in love.

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Got a pub quiz coming up? Challenge’ is the channel that gets your brain fired up and has the whole family shouting at the screen. There’s ‘The Price is Right’ and ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’, but the ultimate game show fantasy has to be ‘The Crystal Maze’. Nothing quite compares to those classic boiler suits and the idea of racing through the zones towards the dome. “Start the fans please!”

Image result for the crystal maze

For when you’re attempting to tackle some DIY 

If your biggest DIY project to date is constructing flat pack furniture, ‘Home’ is the channel to help you up your game. Between ‘Ground force’ and ‘Escape to the Country’ you might think you’ve got it sussed, but don’t start knocking though the walls just yet! By the time you’re a few episodes deep in ‘DIY SOS’ you might reassess your ability to safely demolish your kitchen. Trust us when we say it’s easier just to watch Nick Knowles and team do their thing from the comfort of your sofa. Don't forget the tissues; this show is often an emotional roller-coaster.

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For some quality time with your dad

We all know that no matter what your age, regardless of whether you even live at home, Dad’s in charge of the remote. We all want a quiet life and it can be easier to leave the viewing schedule to your parents. That’s where ‘Yesterday’ comes in. With endless history documentaries and shows like ‘Porridge’, this is the channel that will have your dad crowing ‘they don’t make television like this anymore!’ and he’s right, they don’t - and ‘Blackadder’ is still funny at any age so go on, make the old man happy.

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For when you’re feeling brave Really’ is filled with more than just a few reality bites kind of shows. From the weird to the kind of wonderful you’ve got to be feeling adventurous to check out this channel which features shows like ‘Most Haunted’ and ‘Motorway cops’. Things get a little spooky with ‘Ghost Adventures’ so be careful not to spill your tea!

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For when you’re hosting a dinner party 

Channel your inner Nigella - even if you’ve never set foot in the kitchen. ‘Food’ gets your mouth watering and will see you rolling up your sleeves with shows that make whipping up a six-course dinner easy. Prefer to start smaller, maybe with a few cupcakes? ‘Extreme Cupcake Wars’ will have you push your piping skills to the limit.



http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/cupcake-wars/on-set-with-the-celebrities-of-cupcake-wars

 

If you’ve noticed new Freeview interference, it might be due to 4G. Call us – we’re happy to help!
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For a large part of this summer we’ve had surprisingly hot weather and clear blue skies, but while we’ve been enjoying the sunshine, did you know that high pressure weather can cause interference to Freeview?

Too sunny?

When we’re blessed with clear skies and soaring temperatures the high 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.

Too rainy?

But the rain is never far away on our island. While we might enjoy lounging in front of the telly during bad weather, your TV signal could be affected by strong winds, unruly tree branches, wet leaves or flying debris – none of which are your aerial’s best friend.

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

Weather is not the only cause of TV interference. More information can be found here. And, if you do experience Freeview interference which might be due to 4G, we’re here to help.
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                    [post_content] => Father’s Day, 18 June, isn’t just about remembering to get your dad a tie, a pair of socks or miscellaneous toiletries. It’s a day of celebration. We thought we would share our five favourite fellas featured on Freeview. These dads are good, bad and totally mad…  

Ned Flanders – The Simpsons

Overzealous Ned would diddly-definitely win the theoretical award for biggest goofball. He is relentlessly loving even in the face of adversity and never fails to make us giggle with his comical phrases and earnest nature.

Pete Brockman – Outnumbered

Pete – outnumbered by his inquisitive children – might look permanently confused, but don’t be fooled. He’s the glue that holds the Brockman family together. From witty quips to historical insights, he’s a full-time father, teacher and legend.

Uncle Phil – Fresh Prince of Bel Air

Lumbered with a torrent of weight-related jibes from his cheeky offspring and the young Will Smith, which he bravely takes in his stride, Uncle Phil is the head of America’s most loved family. He may play the stern authoritarian but deep down he has a big heart – and a big appetite, as Will would say.  

Hal Wilkerson – Malcolm in the Middle

Hal is a bit of a bad dad. He passes off the blame in nearly all situations (usually to his kids) to escape his pending telling-off from Lois; the family’s matriarch. But he’s so entertaining we’re inclined to let that slide. From tantrums to rare moments of tenderness, Hal consistently proves to be one of the most dynamic on-screen dads.  

Father Ted

Last but not least is the brilliant Father Ted. He might not actually be a dad, but that’s just a technicality. Isn’t he a father figure to us all? Not all heroes wear capes - sometimes they wear dog collars and make a witty joke when you’re most in need of a smile. Did your favourite make the shortlist? Tweet us your number one TV dad at @at800tv. If you’ve noticed new Freeview interference, it might be due to 4G. If following your father’s advice doesn’t seem to resolve it, let us know – we’re happy to help! [post_title] => Who’s the daddy? Our top TV dads [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => whos-daddy-top-tv-dads [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-06-15 09:59:22 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-06-15 08:59:22 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://at800.tv/?post_type=updates&p=47985 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => updates [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 47199 [post_author] => 51 [post_date] => 2017-05-12 23:39:09 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-05-12 22:39:09 [post_content] => Since its launch in May 1956, The Eurovision Song Contest has provided us with laughs, shocks and utter joy. It’s cultivated a reputation as a haven for the proudly unusual, eccentric and exuberantly unashamed. While some acts, such as 1974 winners ABBA catapulted into super stardom, others, like British duo Jemini – became famous for one thing only – scoring ‘nul points’ and finishing in last place. So, ahead of this month’s competition, we’ve pulled together a collection of the best, the worst and the weirdest moments from Eurovision’s colourful history. 1974 - ABBA - Waterloo ABBA is the most famous act to come out of Eurovision, and have since graced us with numerous international hits from ‘Gimme Gimme Gimme’ through to ‘Dancing Queen’. The Swedish pop band swept the board in ’74 with ‘Waterloo’, and the track was later named as the best song in Eurovision history. 2006 - Lordi - Hard Rock Hallelujah Finnish death metal band Lordi both scared and delighted Eurovision viewers with their 2006 performance ‘Hard rock Hallelujah’. Decked out in monster masks and leather angel wings, they took to the stage and made history by becoming the first and only hard rock band to win the contest. 2012 - Buranovskiye Babushki - Party for everybody Picture this – six Russian grandmothers hitting the Eurovision stage while singing a song about partying. Udmurtian pop band Buranovskiye Babushki did just this in 2012, stealing the hearts of Europe when they performed ‘Party for everybody’, the upbeat song which secured them second place. The icing on top of the cake? They used the prize money to build a church. 1996 – Gina G – Ooh aah… just a little bit Ooh aah just a little bit more. Don’t say Eurovision didn’t give us anything. This classic song (which many may not remember came from Eurovision) was performed by Australian singer Gina G in 1996, and became one of Great Britain’s most successful Eurovision entries. 2003 – Jemini – Cry baby You win some you lose some, and we’re sorry to say Great Britain lost some with this performance. Still to this day, Jemini remain the only British act to have ever scored ‘nul points’, which is a victory in itself… kind of. Don’t let TV interference ruin this annual musical spectacular. If you notice new interference, it might be caused 4G. Contact us on 0808 13 13 800. [post_title] => The best and worst of Eurovision [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => best-worst-eurovision [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-05-15 12:00:53 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-05-15 11:00:53 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://at800.tv/?post_type=updates&p=47199 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => updates [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 46884 [post_author] => 63 [post_date] => 2017-04-28 15:24:20 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-04-28 14:24:20 [post_content] =>

What’s a filter and how does work?

Radio frequencies at 800 megahertz (MHz) are now used for 4G but, up until 2013, these frequencies could carry TV broadcasts. Because of this, 4G at 800 MHz can still be received by TV aerials. When 4G signal strength is much higher than the received TV signal, it can affect TV reception. Filters are small devices designed to filter out 4G but allow TV signals to reach the tuners in TVs and set-top boxes, such as BT TV, Talk Talk TV, EE TV and YouView. Because the filters block 4G, they prevent interference. TV is currently broadcast in the UK on frequencies up to 790 MHz. (There are plans to stop using frequencies from 694 MHz to 790 MHz for TV by mid-2020. More can be seen about this 700MHz Clearance, here). 4G signals currently use frequencies from 791 MHz and higher. A very good 4G filter should not affect any frequencies used for TV, but effectively attenuate (stop) signals just above 790 MHz. The filters we supply are electronically tuned devices with capacitors and inductors designed to allow most frequencies to pass but reduce those in the unwanted range to very low levels so they won’t cause interference. Typically, our filters reduce unwanted 4G signals to about one-thousandth of their original strength.

Types of filters

All our 4G filters have similar pass-band and stop-band capabilities. However, in different parts of the country, TV signals are carried on different frequencies. In areas where the very highest frequencies (782 to 790 MHz) are not used for TV, filters don’t need a sharp a cut-off between TV and 4G. We call these ‘channel 59 filters’, because they allow TV on UHF channel 59 (774 to 782 MHz) to pass and then start attenuating higher frequencies until they are fully effective at stopping 4G above 791 MHz. But in some areas of the country, TV is carried on UHF channel 60 (782 to 790 MHz). Filters used in these areas require a much steeper cut-off as there is a gap of just 1 MHz between TV and 4G. These channel 60 filters are of a higher specification. In addition to channel 59 and 60 filters, different specifications are required for indoor and outdoor use, for individual properties, and large communal installations. Outdoor filters are weatherproofed to withstand rain, wind and extreme temperatures. They also have F-type connectors, where aerial cables screw into the filter, which are more robust and weather resistant. They are required where households have masthead amplifiers, where TV signals are boosted as they leave the aerial. Filters must always be fitted before any amplification to prevent 4G signals affecting the amplifier. Communal filters, as well as always being weatherproofed, have a higher specification still. These reduce 4G to at least one ten-thousandth of their original power, so that they cannot be subsequently boosted by more powerful communal amplifiers. This helps ensure the best possible TV signal is passed from the aerial into the system. Our consumer indoor filters are small and can be fitted behind the TV. They have commonly recognised standard ‘push-in’ coaxial aerial connectors and a separate short fly lead. They are simple to self-install, robust, and safe to handle. All of our filters are passive devices, meaning they do not require an external power supply.

Need a filter?

If you have noticed new Freeview interference and need a filter for your TV or if you live in a communally managed property and your landlord needs to fit on to a communal aerial, we can provide both types free of charge. Please call us on 0808 13 13 800 to review your issues and we can arrange for a filter to be sent to you. [post_title] => How do 4G filters work? [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 4g-filters-work [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-04-28 15:24:20 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-04-28 14:24:20 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://at800.tv/?post_type=updates&p=46884 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => updates [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 46793 [post_author] => 63 [post_date] => 2017-04-23 09:46:59 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-04-23 08:46:59 [post_content] => On Sunday 23 April we celebrated St. George – the patron saint of England who, according to legend, courageously fought off a ferocious dragon to save a city from the beast’s hungry demands. But St. George is not the only hero who has made his mark in history. Here are few of our favourite real and fictional champions who have kept us safe from evil and danger over the course of our history.

Boudicca

A ferocious warrior queen, protector of the people and fighter for freedom, Boudicca was a queen of the Celts who bravely led an uprising against the Roman Empire. Throughout history she has served as a heroine and role model for strong women, most notably Queen Elizabeth I who was said to have drawn inspiration from the legend of Boudicca for her own style of ruling the nation. Her impact is still present in the 21st century with a statue of the first heroine standing proudly outside the Houses of Parliament reminding us of her lasting legacy.

Robin Hood

Stealing from the rich to give to the poor – a common man who bravely fought against injustice during early English feudal society, Robin Hood is one of the most archetypal heroes in English historical fiction. A classic champion of the people, Robin continues to steal the hearts and minds of fair maidens and true gentlemen in multiple film and TV adaptations, including Disney’s loveable fox character in Robin Hood (1973), spoof version Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993), and not forgetting the classic The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) starring Errol Flynn, to name but a few.

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes A fictional character committed to putting universal wrongs right, Sherlock’s popularity as a literary, TV and film hero is due to his uncontested authority as a detective who uses his wits to defeat evil.  But it is his moody and contradictory personality that makes him appealing as a timeless English hero, showing us that you don’t need an extravagant superpower to save the world. All you need is an inquisitive mind, drive for justice and a knack for problem-solving (pipe optional). Some of Sherlock’s most notable appearances in recent popular culture has included BBC’s TV series Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, and the film Sherlock Holmes (2009) with Robert Downey Jr. playing the lead character.

Mary Poppins

Many wouldn’t think of Ms Poppins as your typical heroine, but who else can change the world with a song? Since her first appearance on our film screens in 1964, portrayed by Julie Andrews, Mary Poppins has stolen the hearts of adults and children alike. Her calm but stern demeanour makes Mary a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious heroine worthy of being included in this list. We can’t wait for the next chapter in her story, with the enigmatic Emily Blunt starring in Mary Poppins Returns (2018).

James Bond

“The things I do for England.” - James Bond, You Only Live Twice (1967) An international playboy and Martini-loving modern superhero, James Bond has been rescuing the world from evil since Ian Fleming’s first novel Casino Royale was published in 1953. Bond’s appeal as one of our most loveable heroes is not just about his incredible drive in being able to fight off the bad guys, but also about his cheeky charm and English-gentleman behaviour even in the trickiest of situations. A regular character on our screens, there are a total of 26 Bond films produced to date with a combined gross worth of over $7billion – the fourth highest grossing film series, behind Star Wars, Harry Potter and the Marvel franchise.

Hermione Granger

Hermione Grainger Without Hermione Granger’s incredible thirst for knowledge and unrivalled resilience, it is unlikely Harry Potter would have succeeded in his gradual defeat of He Who Must Not Be Named. Hermione is a real modern-day heroine – strong, smart, no-nonsense yet sensitive, her story in the books and films is an inspiration to many across the world, showing us that we can achieve great things by staying strong and fighting for what we believe in. Have we missed out on your favourite English hero? Tweet us! If you’ve noticed new Freeview interference and think it might be due to 4G, let us know – we’re happy to help! [post_title] => Celebrating real life and fictional heroes [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => celebrating-heroes-st-georges-day [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-04-27 11:51:06 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-04-27 10:51:06 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://at800.tv/?post_type=updates&p=46793 [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] => 49595 [post_author] => 51 [post_date] => 2017-08-30 11:21:19 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-08-30 10:21:19 [post_content] => The summer is drawing to a close, Love Island feels like a distant memory and it’s the time of year where we settle in with some familiar telly. The X-Factor, Strictly and The Great British Bake Off are all back! But what happens if you’re just not in the mood for another autumn of classic TV? Don’t panic, pop the kettle on, grab the remote and get ready to explore, because there is a whole host of TV shows to match a variety of moods and activities. For those lazy Sunday afternoons Every now and again we all deserve a day stretched out on the sofa, indulging in comfort food, and watching on our favourite TV classics. The channel for the job? ‘5 Star’. Filled with popular noughties shows, you can expect back to back episodes of ‘8 Simple Rules’ and ‘My Wife and Kids’. The jokes still get us giggling, and no matter how many episodes of ‘That 70’s Show’ we watch, we can’t stop swooning over baby faced Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis unknowingly falling in love. Image result for that 70's show Got a pub quiz coming up? Challenge’ is the channel that gets your brain fired up and has the whole family shouting at the screen. There’s ‘The Price is Right’ and ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’, but the ultimate game show fantasy has to be ‘The Crystal Maze’. Nothing quite compares to those classic boiler suits and the idea of racing through the zones towards the dome. “Start the fans please!” Image result for the crystal maze For when you’re attempting to tackle some DIY If your biggest DIY project to date is constructing flat pack furniture, ‘Home’ is the channel to help you up your game. Between ‘Ground force’ and ‘Escape to the Country’ you might think you’ve got it sussed, but don’t start knocking though the walls just yet! By the time you’re a few episodes deep in ‘DIY SOS’ you might reassess your ability to safely demolish your kitchen. Trust us when we say it’s easier just to watch Nick Knowles and team do their thing from the comfort of your sofa. Don't forget the tissues; this show is often an emotional roller-coaster. Image result for DIY SOS For some quality time with your dad We all know that no matter what your age, regardless of whether you even live at home, Dad’s in charge of the remote. We all want a quiet life and it can be easier to leave the viewing schedule to your parents. That’s where ‘Yesterday’ comes in. With endless history documentaries and shows like ‘Porridge’, this is the channel that will have your dad crowing ‘they don’t make television like this anymore!’ and he’s right, they don’t - and ‘Blackadder’ is still funny at any age so go on, make the old man happy. Image result for blackadder For when you’re feeling brave Really’ is filled with more than just a few reality bites kind of shows. From the weird to the kind of wonderful you’ve got to be feeling adventurous to check out this channel which features shows like ‘Most Haunted’ and ‘Motorway cops’. Things get a little spooky with ‘Ghost Adventures’ so be careful not to spill your tea! Image result for ghost adventures For when you’re hosting a dinner party Channel your inner Nigella - even if you’ve never set foot in the kitchen. ‘Food’ gets your mouth watering and will see you rolling up your sleeves with shows that make whipping up a six-course dinner easy. Prefer to start smaller, maybe with a few cupcakes? ‘Extreme Cupcake Wars’ will have you push your piping skills to the limit. http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/cupcake-wars/on-set-with-the-celebrities-of-cupcake-wars   If you’ve noticed new Freeview interference, it might be due to 4G. Call us – we’re happy to help! 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