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Is the weather causing TV interference?

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Best TV mums

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Celebrating 95 years of TV

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Banana loaf anyone?

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                    [post_content] => Spring has got off to a bit of a shaky start. We had the second warmest March day on record, followed by plummeting temperatures and snow during Easter resulting in the UK's coldest April since 1922. The cold weather was accompanied by air and ground frosts, making it the frostiest April in the UK for at least 60 years. Yet despite the cold and frosts, much of the country also basked in the sunniest April on record.

We’ve had just below average temperatures May, so here’s hoping the upcoming summer months deliver us lots of blue skies and sunshine.

Too sunny?

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

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

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.

If you have noticed new interference to Freeview, we have a useful guide that provides information about potential causes and what you could do to try and fix the problem.

However, there’s a small chance it may be due to 4G mobile signals, rather than the weather.  We're here to help – 0808 13 13 800 (free from UK landlines and mobiles).   
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                    [post_content] => As the rules about eating in pubs and restaurants are beginning to relax, a Premier Foods report suggests more than 91% of people surveyed said they intended to do the same amount of cooking at home, if not more, in the year ahead. According to the report, our dinner time favourites are pasta and risotto based dishes, a traditional roast, and recipes featuring Indian and asian ingredients.

However much we love (or loathe) cooking, at times we all need a bit of inspiration, whether that’s to add a twist to one of our favourites, perhaps try a new recipe and expand our cooking skills or be bold and try out new flavours. Luckily, there are plenty of cookery shows on TV to help us. 

Who wouldn’t want to be a judge on the Great British Menu? Arguably the most competitive cooking competition on TV, this year the chefs are creating dishes designed to reflect and celebrate British innovation. It is often said you eat with your eyes and the visually stunning, creative masterpieces these amazing chefs present are definitely a sight for sore eyes!  

If recreating a British innovation from your own food cupboard is a step too far, you could take inspiration from home cooks on Come Dine with Me. There have been some memorable moments during the show's 15 year run including one contestant who had an outside catering company pass cooked food through her kitchen window while passing it off as her own and the contestant who fell asleep after serving the starter leaving guests to cook their own main course. You can watch previous episodes on Freeview channel 4seven.

Maybe MasterChef could help elevate weekday meals into fantastical feasts? First aired in 1990, over 300 million viewers worldwide have tuned in to watch contestants be put through their paces in a series of cooking challenges. Some contestants use their home-taught skills while some are food professionals. Whatever their background, they have an overwhelming and inspiring passion for cooking. 

From MasterChef to home chef guru, Jamie Oliver is currently on our screens with Jamie: Keep Cooking Family Favourites. In this series, Jamie set himself the challenge to create some brand-new dishes that he hopes will become new family favourites as he makes problem-solving meals for every need.

If you’ve been inspired to tune in to a cooking programme, don’t let TV interference spoil your viewing. If you have noticed new interference, it might be caused by new 4G signals that have activated in your area. We’re here to help – contact us on 0808 13 13 800 (free from UK landlines and mobiles).
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                    [post_content] => Mother’s Day falls this month and it got us thinking about some of mums that have appeared in TV shows over the years. Some mums are super loveable, some really deserve medals and some are just downright scary. Here’s a round up of our favourite matriarchs.

EastEnders - a show with so many mums it’s difficult to pick just one. The show has been running for 36 years and during that time, we’ve seen fights and arguments and many items thrown as the cockney matriarchs defend their children. The pint-sized landlady, Peggy Mitchell, was the fiery but loving mother of Grant and Phil. Despite their somewhat dubious lifestyles, Peggy loved her sons unconditionally - even when one of them set alight her beloved Queen Vic. 

The longest suffering mum in EastEnders surely had to be Dot Cotton - after all, she had ‘Nasty Nick’ Cotton for a son. Even though he stole, threatened and terrorised her she continued to stick by him, always thinking he would turn things around and redeem himself. And he also made us squirm every time he referred to Dot as his dear old "Ma".

One of the most loveable mums on TV has to be Pamela, mum to Gavin of the TV show Gavin and Stacey. She constantly fusses over her family and will do anything for her Little Prince. And while she may not be Stacey’s best friend, she clearly adores Gavin’s mate, Smithy, almost as much as her own son. 

The award for making everything look effortless has to go to Marge Simpson. It can’t be easy being a parent to the little terror that is Bart Simpson, as well as dealing with his sisters Lisa and Maggie and her lazy husband, Homer. Always trying to remain positive and happy, she is the force that keeps the Simpsons together. 

Last but not least, we have to acknowledge Downton Abbey’s Violet Crawley, the formidable and disdainful Dowager Countess. Her careful, spaced to perfection and pointed way of speaking her mind, made us smile and feel afraid at the same time. The ultimate proud, often superior and sharp-tongued matriarch, Lady Violet cared deeply about her family and would do anything for her grandchildren in particular.

Mother’s Day can be a difficult time and we would like to thank those retailers that have made it possible  to opt out of receiving emails promoting Mother’s Day. 

If you are planning on putting your feet up and watching TV this Mother’s Day, don’t let TV interference spoil your viewing. If you have noticed new interference, it might be caused by new 4G signals that have activated in your area. We’re here to help – contact us on 0808 13 13 800 (free from UK landlines and mobiles).
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                    [post_content] => To help get us through the last leg of winter, we’ve swapped the winter blues, for the police blues and are enjoying some seriously good TV crime drama. We’re gripped by Marcella which, in this series, sees her with a new identity as she goes undercover to get to the truth behind the infamous Maguire family and we’re back in the seaside town of Morecambe for a new series of The Bay. This story focuses on a middle class family, the Marshbrooks, who suddenly find their comfortable lives shattered by a shocking event.  

And there’s more to come! Bloodlands, is a new four-part BBC series starting this Sunday. The series follows DCI Tom Brannick as he recognises the calling card of a serial killer from 20 years ago. Sounds intriguing. And two favourite London detectives are reunited in a chilling new series of Unforgotten. Detectives DCI Cassie Stuart and DI Sunny Khan investigate a body found in a scrapyard and the team believes the remains had been stored in a domestic freezer for 30 years. 

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Whatever you are watching, don’t let TV interference spoil your viewing. If you have noticed new interference, it might be caused by new 4G signals that have activated in your area. We’re here to help – contact us on 0808 13 13 800 (free from UK landlines and mobiles).
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                    [post_content] => John Logie Baird first demonstrated his new television machine to members of the Royal Institution in London in January 1926. Almost 100 years later and, according to TV Licencing, 95% of households own a TV set and watching TV is an integral part of many of our lives. Whether it’s catching up on the latest news, getting involved with the soaps, becoming armchair detectives or simply getting swept away with a period drama, we love watching TV.

During the last 12 months, perhaps unsurprisingly, we’ve watched TV a bit more than in previous years. According to Broadcasters' Audience Research Board (BARB), we watched an extra 34 minutes of TV every day. That trend has continued into January and maybe some of those extra minutes have been spent watching a couple of gripping new mini series that came to our small screens this month - The Pembrokeshire Murders and Finding Alice. These new shows topped the TV ratings and were followed by firm favourite Death in Paradise. Rounding up the top five most watched shows were The Masked Singer and a mainstay of British TV, Coronation Street.

Thanks to Mr Baird’s great invention, TV broadcasts have presented us with opportunities to be witness historical moments such as the Apollo 11 moon landing; to be spectators at amazing sporting events - who could forget Super Saturday at the 2012 Olympics; and to marvel at nature’s truly amazing and stunning wildlife, especially that below the water courtesy of Blue Planet. Mr Baird would be truly proud of his invention.

Whatever you are watching, don’t let TV interference spoil your viewing. If you have noticed new interference, it might be caused by new 4G signals that have activated in your area. We’re here to help – contact us on 0808 13 13 800 (free from UK landlines and mobiles).
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                    [post_content] => As 2020 comes to a close, we thought we would take a look at a few things that were a bit different in the world of TV during this very unusual year.

All of us watched more TV. According to Ofcom’s Media Nations Report 2020, in April, when the UK was in full lockdown, we spent on average an estimated six hours 25 minutes per person per day watching TV, an hour and a half more than the average figure for 2019. 

According to the Broadcasters' Audience Research Board (BARB), the Prime Ministerial statement on 10 May was by far the most-watched single channel broadcast with an average audience of 18.7m, beating the address by the Queen on 5 April that attracted 14m people. We didn’t just watch news programmes though, 10.8m of us tuned into Britain’s Got Talent and 10.6m watched Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.*

Our favourite soaps took a break during the summer but we were lucky enough to enjoy some sport not normally available on free to air TV including football’s Premier League and Test and One Day Cricket Internationals. As we moved into autumn, the schedule started to look a little more familiar with the seasonal return of Strictly Come Dancing and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here - the latter, according to Broadcast Magazine, is the most watched TV show so far this year - we guess everyone needs a bit of escapism.

When not watching the TV, it seems we took up new hobbies. According to a report based on Google Trends’ search data earlier this year, the most popular hobby based searches included finding ways to learn a new language, fitness training, home improvements, taking up yoga, baking (who didn’t make a banana loaf or attempt sourdough?) and turning our hands to gardening. 

Eating in has become the new going out. Food delivery and home cooking was back on the menu and according to Kantar research, not only are we snacking 50% more often than before lockdown, but the research also suggests that the long-term trend away from eating desserts has reversed this year. Apple crumble anyone?

We’ve also been getting to grips with new technology. Learning how to use video conferencing, grappling with the mute button and making sure we look presentable - well, at least on the top half! We now understand what a QR code is and are still amazed at how those squiggly lines translate into the menu.

Whether you’ve been knitting, cooking, fixing that wonky shelf or learning a new language, we hope your TV watching has remained free of interference. If you have noticed 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).  

*Viewing figures from 15 March-12 July 2020
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We’ve had just below average temperatures May, so here’s hoping the upcoming summer months deliver us lots of blue skies and sunshine.

Too sunny?

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

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

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.

If you have noticed new interference to Freeview, we have a useful guide that provides information about potential causes and what you could do to try and fix the problem.

However, there’s a small chance it may be due to 4G mobile signals, rather than the weather.  We're here to help – 0808 13 13 800 (free from UK landlines and mobiles).   
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