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Planning for 5G – the next generation of mobile technology

In the UK, Ofcom manages the airwaves – or spectrum – that support wireless services, including mobile phones, used by people […]

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Spring has sprung

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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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2018 – that’s a wrap!

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28.11.18 in Everything

Looking for some winter sun?

If ‘I’m a celebrity… get me out of here’ has inspired you to seek out some winter sunshine or made you […]

31.10.18 in Everything

The history of Halloween

Halloween or Hallowe’en is celebrated across the world on 31 October and the celebrations we have today can be traced back […]

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                    [post_content] => In the UK, Ofcom manages the airwaves – or spectrum - that support wireless services, including mobile phones, used by people and businesses every day. Reliable mobile services have become essential to how people live and work across the UK, and mobile phone networks must keep pace with the growing needs for capacity and for coverage. This is a priority for Ofcom who want to see coverage of good quality mobile broadband from a choice of providers, wherever people live, work and travel.

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                    [post_content] => It’s official, it’s spring. The daylight hours are longer and it’s starting to feel warmer. The sound of birds singing, the smell of freshly cut grass and the sight of vibrant daffodils and tulips, are just a few marvellous spring rituals that make this season feel like the start of nature’s grand awakening.

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!

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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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                    [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.

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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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