Freeview TV signal warning to households in Northamptonshire town following 4G rollout

Households in the Kettering area may experience disruption to their Freeview TV received through an aerial due to the rollout of 4G mobile phone services

Households in the Kettering area may experience disruption to their Freeview TV received through an aerial due to the rollout of 4G mobile phone services

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Households in the Kettering area may experience disruption to their Freeview TV received through an aerial due to the rollout of 4G mobile phone services.

This is because some 4G signals operate at 800 MHz; adjacent to the frequencies used by Freeview.

TVs and set-top boxes which receive Freeview can fail to block the 4G signals causing interference such as a loss of sound, blocky images or loss of some or all channels.

The good news is there’s help available.

At800 is an independent organisation created to ensure all UK viewers continue to receive Freeview, or are offered a suitable alternative, when 4G at 800 MHz is activated in their area.

It is funded by represents the UK mobile operators which are launching 4G mobile services across the country.

Ben Roome, CEO of at800, said: “New 4G mobile masts are bringing mobile broadband to Kettering, but they do have the potential to disrupt TV reception for some households.

“We’re already helping viewers in the area and continue to offer support.

“We want to ensure that people know it’s our role to fix any disruption to Freeview due to 4G at 800 MHz and that there’s no charge for our support.”

With more 4G masts due to go live, any viewers who experience new disruption to Freeview should contact at800 on 0808 13 13 800 (free from landlines and mobiles) or go to www.at800.tv/contact-us.

If a viewer lives in a house with its own aerial, does not have satellite or cable television and 4G at 800 MHz is diagnosed as causing disruption to Freeview, at800 will restore their television service to its previous quality.

If at800 believes disruption to Freeview is due to 4G at 800 MHz, it will arrange for an accredited engineer to visit the viewer’s home, check the cause and fit an approved filter to the TV system, at no cost to the viewer.

In most cases, disruption will be fixed by an at800 filter.

For more information, please visit www.at800.tv.