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Almost a Million UK Homes Will Suffer 4G TV interference 166

First time accepted submitter Nick Fel writes "As the UK nears the end of a lengthy digital TV switch-over, the sale of the analogue TV spectrum for 4G mobile phones will disrupt digital TV in almost a million homes. Affected homes will be issued with a filter or required to upgrade to satellite or cable, and in extreme cases may be granted funding to find their own solution."
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Almost a Million UK Homes Will Suffer 4G TV interference

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  • "extreme cases" (Score:2, Insightful)

    by mug funky ( 910186 ) on Thursday February 23, 2012 @01:36AM (#39133663)

    extreme? a set top box costs the same as a DVD disc these days.

  • Really? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by philip.paradis ( 2580427 ) on Thursday February 23, 2012 @01:43AM (#39133697)

    From TFA: 'Homes that cannot receive these alternative platforms will receive up to £10,000 each to "find a solution".'

    Really? £10,000? Is television so critical that people will die without it? At today's exchange rates, that USD $15,760. Wow.

  • Re:Really? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Lincolnshire Poacher ( 1205798 ) on Thursday February 23, 2012 @02:15AM (#39133825)

    The government isn't paying for this stuff, it is being paid for by the mobile phone companies.

    True, the money is dues to be sourced from the winning bid for the 4G licenses, but the money is flowing into the Government coffers and being redirected into this effort. It is therefore money unavailable for other, more worthy, projects.

    My solution: the Government should tell TV Licensing to refund the license fee payments to those affected and tell the individuals to listen to the radio if they desperately need stale news reports on the hour.

    Meanwhile, funnel that money into Internet access projects for rural areas.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 23, 2012 @02:35AM (#39133911)

    That is simply because a large portion of the population does not truly think about what they are saying and are simply regurgitating what they have heard.

    I do love how if you correct someone, a lot of the time they will see it as an attack against them. Instead of taking it as what it really is, an attempt to help them not look like a fool when speaking.

    I have a guy here at work who consistently uses a double negative in 80% of his speech. It is really annoying to hear him consistently butcher language like that and be completely oblivious to it.

  • Re:The One Show (Score:4, Insightful)

    by JasterBobaMereel ( 1102861 ) on Thursday February 23, 2012 @04:54AM (#39134559)

    The people who are in line to get the 10k will also have non-existent broadband ..

    These are people who live in an area with no cable, bad satellite coverage, and bad analog TV coverage

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