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JEREMY BILLINGHAM

Television Reception Specialist

Freeview - Freesat - SKY - DAB & FM​​ Radio


Droitwich, Worcester, Bromsgrove, Pershore
Kidderminster & Stourport

15/12/12

There is currently a fault with the transmitter at Bromsgrove which is also indirectly affecting reception on TVs receiving signals from the Sutton Coldfield transmitter.

Until this fault is rectified you might experience poor reception on ITV, CH4, CH5 and ITV2 plus a few other channels although most channels including BBC channels are not affected.

Some TVs have lost all of these channels (Multiplex 23) but it's important to remember that while this transmitter fault exists you should not try and re-tune your TV but wait for the transmitter to be repaired.

If you can be certain that your TV Aerial is pointing at the Sutton Coldfield Transmitter and you've experienced these problems only since Friday the 14th of December 2012 then the re-tuning of your TV could resolve the problem.

For more information on this or anything else and with Christmas just a few days away please call me direct on my mobile 07850 969 307

15/11/12

I've received numerous calls over the last couple of days from people experiencing problems with TV reception. If you don't normally suffer with reception problems (Picture break-up and/or missing channels) and the problems have started within the last couple of days, it is more than likely that the current weather situation is to blame.

As of Thursday 15th of November 2012 the UK is under the influence of a large anticyclone or high pressure system which is centered over Central Europe.

When this happens reception from some transmitters can be adversely affected.

Most homes that have TV Aerials pointing towards the Ledbury/Ridge Hill transmitter and are located in areas surrounding Droitwich, Redditch, Bromsgrove and the north west part of Worcester are on or close to the outer limits of the designed transmitting/reception range of this transmitter.

Although the distance from this transmitter is not normally a problem for most of us most of the time, on the odd occasion, once or twice a year or so when the right weather conditions prevail and possibly due to interference from other transmitters poor reception can be experienced.

I remember many years ago the BBC weather man would sometimes make an announcement during the weather forecast, telling us not to adjust our sets, indicating that it was the weather that was responsible for the poor reception.

Although I've not heard these announcements for a long time and despite the fact that we are now fully Digital it seems that the weather can still affect TV reception in a similar way to how it did when TV first occupied the corner of our living rooms.

So the same old rule still applies....

"DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SETS"


My recommendation is simply to do nothing and wait for the weather to change.

But if the thought of having to miss another episode of Coronation Street or Eastenders is too much to bare and you want to reduce the risk of this happening in the future then please give me a call as there is sometimes a relatively cheap and inexpensive solution to the problem.

11/09/12

Free time, the new connected TV service from UK free-to-air DTH platform Freesat, will offer OTT services via WiFi by the end of the year.

Humax, the first set-top vendor to launch a Free time product, will launch a set-top with 1TB of storage and WiFi connectivity.

Free time from Freesat offers a backwards EPG linking to broadcaster catch-up platforms and a ‘showcase’ section offering editorialized recommendations.

The first Free time device, a 500Gb model, will be available to consumers by the end of September for £279.

OTT services, which include the BBC’s iPlayer and ITV’s ITV Player at launch, are accessible via an Ethernet connection.

Humax’s commercial director Graham North confirmed to DTVE that the company would launch a 1TB version of the box with WiFi connectivity by the end of the year but did not say how much it would cost.

06/07/12

Humax today unveiled the first digital television recorder for YouView, the new, subscription-free digital TV and catch-up service.

YouView combines more than 100 digital TV and radio channels with internet catch-up and video on-demand services, including BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4OD and Demand 5.

Expected to retail at around £299, the Humax DTR-T1000 will go on sale by the end of July.

The Humax DTR-T1000 boasts a unique electronic programme guide that allows

viewers to scroll back up to seven days to catch up on their favorite shows.

Users can switch easily between live digital channels and internet content from some of the UK’s leading broadcasters.

The box will provide subscription-free access to some of the best TV and radio through a rooftop aerial, including HD content from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. Connecting the DTR-T1000 to a broadband router makes all the internet-enabled services available, too, through the same on-screen interface.

The DTR-T1000 can pause and rewind live TV and offers a range of features that allow users to capture and store their favorite shows at the touch of a button.

Two channels can be recorded at the same time while watching other content, and the built-in 500GB hard drive can store up to 300 hours of standard definition and 125 hours of high definition programmes.