4G Interference and Freeview TV reception

March 26, 2017
by
Tom Smart
A picture of a man angry that 4G has ruined his TV reception

The introduction of 4G can cause millions of households to have interference with their Freeview TV reception. This is because 4G operates in a frequency band formerly occupied by TV signals. There may be some interruptions while watching TV such as inaudible and disrupted sound and poor picture quality including pixilation or loss of TV reception altogether. However, the is a solution to this problem.

At800 who has been funded by the UK networks, namely EE, O2, Vodafone, and 3, to find a practical solution which they have which requires the installation of a 4G filter at the household which has been affected. Freeview TV viewers who may have been experiencing interference can have installed free of charge a 4G filter which should rectify the problems by At800.

But for some reason, households with more than one TV set more likely to be spending their own money to improve their TV viewing a @800 will only cover the cost of a single TV. Since the ones that are greatly affected by this are those who live near a 4G mast that has been using a Freeview TV, they are advised to have their filters for free and use their own funds for the extra that they will have cost for their other TVs. It is possible however to site the filter before the distribution equipment which may be an amplifier or a splitter, this may require a trip up to the roof or loft. This will not possible where multiple aerials feed multiple TV sets as a filter for each aerial will be required.

As such, it may be worth considering whether they should switch their TV service to satellite or cable as these shouldn’t be effected by 4G interference if they live near a 4G mast. They are expected to have a good signal that would compete with the Freeview TV service. This will be an excellent solution for those with multiple TVs. Freesat is almost the same as Freeview and is also completely subscription free.

But it’s not all bad news. 4G is also known as Fourth Generation which is an evolution of the mobile network. Whereas for the past decade the fastest data speed was provided by 3G. This has been out to be tested since October of 2012 and was still running until now to be marketed. Its purpose is to provide the users the fastest data speed, just like what they wanted.

Freeview has been known to be the TV star of free TV and is still the most popular TV platform of choice in the UK. But the development of technology sometimes comes at a cost. It also worth noting that the majority of new TV aerials and amplifiers come with built in with 4G rejection so it only tends to be old aerials and amplifiers that are at risk.

If you believe that are experiencing problems with 4G and live in towns in East Sussex such as Eastbourne, Hailsham, Bexhill, Hastings, Uckfield, Peacehaven, Newhaven, Seaford, Brighton & Hove please do not hesitate in contacting us for advice. If desired, we can even fix any 4G TV related problems you may have -  at a cost of course.


Please also be mindful that the majority of TV reception related problems are not 4G related so it mat just be a red herring in your case.


References:

https://blogs.which.co.uk/technology/phone-networks/4g-interference-to-freeview-tv-signals-you-could-be-affected-and-out-of-pocket/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/faqs/help-receiving/4G_interference

http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/4g-and-lte-everything-you-need-to-know-926835

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