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Air pressure disrupts TV in the UK

Written by James Delahunty @ 02 Nov 2017 12:09 User comments (3)

Air pressure disrupts TV in the UK

Some TV viewers in the UK are having signal problems due to atmospheric conditions, according to Freeview.
Freeview allows TV viewers to pick up TV signals in the UK using antennae. Yesterday, viewers started reporting problems with signal. One consequence for many users was the inability to watch The Great British Bake Off final because of the disruption. Freeview responded to the affected viewers today, urging them not to attempt retuning to alleviate the issue.

We're aware that high air pressure is currently affecting TV and radio signals for some viewers in England and Wales. We're unable to prevent or remedy this. We recommend that you do not retune your equipment as reception will return to normal once the weather changes.

TV and radio signals can be affected by atmospheric conditions, including high air pressure (which brings fine weather), heavy rain or snow.

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3 user comments

18.11.2017 19:14


I have an antenna inside the attic of my house. I get 40+ over the air TV channels that do not change in quality despite the barometer fluctuating between 29.2 and 30.3 throughout the year.

29.11.2017 05:17

I've not noticed anything at my end.

Sounds like BS to me; we've had air pressure since before I was born. I suspect they are tinkering with the signal levels. In the old days of analogue if the signal was weak the result was a noisy picture whereas today with digital the picture would be pixelated and totally unmatchable.

Now and then I've noticed that Radio 2's FM signal get's interrupted with inter-station noise but I think the BBC have lowered the signal levles - the signal needs to be returned to the level it used to be.

- TekPete -

39.11.2017 05:22

Maybe this problem's caused by leaves in the air; most trees are shedding them at this time of year. What utter 80LL0CK5.

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