New sig­nal may af­fect TV chan­nels

Rochdale Observer - - BYGONE DAYS -

MO­BILE in­ter­net speeds in Lit­tle­bor­ough are set to get faster af­ter a new 4G sig­nal was switched on.

But ex­perts are warning it could af­fect some Free­view TV chan­nels.

Be­cause the 4G sig­nal trans­mits on a sim­i­lar fre­quency to the Free­view chan­nels, there is a ‘small chance’ the re­ceivers in TVs and set-top boxes could be over­loaded and af­fected by in­ter­fer­ence.

It can mean loss of sound, pic­tures go­ing blocky, freez­ing or the TV screen go­ing blank or show­ing a ‘No Sig­nal’ mes­sage.

But to help those af­fected a gov­ern­ment backed com­pany has been set up to of­fer free help and ad­vice.

The firm, at800 also of­fers ex­tra sup­port for the el­derly and dis­abled.

Ben Roome, CEO of at800, said: “We want to en­sure that peo­ple know it’s our role to fix Free­view in­ter­fer­ence caused by 4G at 800 MHz, and that there’s no charge for our ser­vice.

“If you rely on Free­view for TV, we can ar­range for one of our ac­cred­ited en­gi­neers to visit homes to fix Free­view in­ter­fer­ence caused by 4G sig­nals, free of charge.

If you use Free­view along­side other TV ser­vices, we can send free fil­ters which block mo­bile sig­nals that are easy to fit to the aerial lead con­nect­ing to TVs and set-top boxes.”

Con­tact at800 on 0808 13 13 800 or con­tact-us.

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