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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 […]

28.05.19 in Everything

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

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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!

As 2018 draws to a close, we’ve looked back at some of our favourite TV shows that have been shown on […]

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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.

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.

If you’ve noticed new interference to your Freeview – 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] => We love a bit of TV. Whether it’s trying to work out ‘who dunnit?’ before the end of the series, spotting who really has the most talent, guessing which stunning cake will be the best or simply getting involved with the latest soap story line. On Sunday 12 May, the British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA) played tribute and recognition to the very best in television at their annual Television Awards. Whether we agree or disagree, here are some of the category winners.

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.

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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                    [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!

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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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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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.

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.

If you’ve noticed new interference to your Freeview – 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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