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February 15, 2008

Freeview disappoints more people


by David Allen
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Freeview disappoints more people<br />

The UK’s Freeview service continues to disappoint viewers all around the country, some households being able to get just the four main channels, while other places cannot get anything at all. The management at Freeview this week announced that viewers in Morpeth will not be getting the full range of channels for four years.

At the moment those households in the town can only get BBC1, BBC2, ITV and Channel Four on their set top boxes where other places in the UK can get over twenty channels. This is not unusual as it is estimated that there could be millions of households throughout the UK who are unable to receive anything through Freeview. This is because there are 1,150 transmitters in the UK, but only 80 are being used to send out the Freeview signal.

These complaints are set to continue as people who are interested in receiving Freeview go out and buy a set top box only to find that they cannot get it in their area, this will continue to happen right up until the complete switchover has been done in 2012.

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  1. Here in Derby we have been able to recieve freeview for some time but have major problems with reception whenever the weather takes a turn for the worse.
    I had to visit family in Nottingham recently to check their wiring and discovered that they suffer the exact same problem.
    It appears that we have substituted a basic reception system that sufficed for one that is very much a hit or miss affair. If this issue cannot be sorted out soon I suspect that the BBC will eventually lose its market share.

    Comment by Shane Carter — February 18, 2008 @ 9:26 pm

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