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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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  • by SuperKendall ( 25149 ) on Thursday February 23, 2012 @01:46AM (#39133707)

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


    These are cases where "cable and satellite WILL NOT WORK." As in, you are right next to the tower which is overpowering incoming signals.

    The 10k is to install a fiber-optic based solution to the residence.

    Would that even work though? If the interference is that high just the run from the fiber box to the TV could pick up interference!

    Not to mention, although I'm not one to care about evil WiFi rays passing through my body, living in a place with too much em to get a cable signal would give me pause.

  • Re:"extreme cases" (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Gordonjcp ( 186804 ) on Thursday February 23, 2012 @04:00AM (#39134283) Homepage

    A set top box costs about the same as a DVD *player*, which frequently costs less than the discs you put in it.

    My local Tesco has STBs and DVD players for about £15 each. They're crap but they work. If you *really* want to throw money at the problem you can get a dual-tuner DVR with DVD and 320GB hard disk for about 50 quid.

  • Re:Really? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by sqldr ( 838964 ) on Thursday February 23, 2012 @06:38AM (#39134925)

    A couple of years ago they built the Canary Wharf Tower in London. Out of Aluminium. I was one of the people in a straight line from the transmitter through the tower who one day couldn't pick up jack squat. No cable in the area either. And the majority of building associations responsible for the flats in the area wouldn't give permission for anyone in the blocks to set up satellite dishes.

    The court case went on for years. The BBC built a repeater which didn't work. Everyone lost a lot of money.

    In fact, I've moved to a different area and had years of uninterrupted TV until they built the fucking Shard tower and it's happened again. Now I just watch iplayer.

  • Re:OT: Redundancies (Score:2, Interesting)

    by SuricouRaven ( 1897204 ) on Thursday February 23, 2012 @07:42AM (#39135169)
    There's an old story, almost certainly a complete fabrication.


    A teacher is lecturing students thus: "In English, by convention a double negative is itsself a negative. For example, 'You're not going nowhere' would mean 'you're going somewhere.' In Russian, by contrast, a double negative makes a positive. That is, the expression 'you're not going nowhere' would mean 'you're not leaving.' It should be noted that in no language can two positives be taken to mean a negative."

    A student then calls sarcastically from the back, "Yeah, right."

The trouble with the rat-race is that even if you win, you're still a rat. -- Lily Tomlin