Freeview Alert: TV Disruptions Expected Due To Heatwave

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With another heatwave hitting the UK this weekend, there’s bad news for Freeview watchers: Millions across the country could potentially suffer from disruption to their TV reception, due to the weather conditions.

With the current heatwave expected to last until August 15, the high air pressure could interfere with your Freeview reception until the day before.

Along with the alert issued by Freeview, The BBC also released a video that explains why this is happening (watch it below).

Therefore, affected homes could lose some of the Freeview channels they’re normally able to watch, with some extreme cases potentially losing Freeview reception completely.

The high air pressure phenomenon routinely disrupts Freeview reception in different parts of the country, with the most recent occurrence happening just a few weeks ago.

According to Freeview and the BBC, viewers are strongly advised NOT to retune their Freeview devices as long as the situation prevails, even if your reception goes bad – as then you’ll have to retune yet again once the problem is resolved.

See ahead for some advice on alternative ways to watch some of your favourite channels, if this issue affects you.

Freeview And High Air Pressure Disruptions

Freeview, which has been around since 2002, provides TV channels and radio stations over the air.

The main way to get the free channels is via an aerial (see the ones we recommend), and a Freeview box (see our recommendations) connected to that aerial and to your TV.

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But since reception depends on those signals reaching your house by, well, the air – certain weather conditions can disrupt the reception and prevent you from getting all available channels.

So some channels you’re already watching might go bad, or even go down completely, until the atmospheric conditions improve.

This is true for both Freeview and the YouView service, but shouldn’t affect Freesat reception, which relies on different types of signals.

These problems also won’t affect viewers who are getting Freeview channels via broadband, on Sky’s streaming TV – Sky Glass, or the new Stream box from Virgin Media.

The BBC released a video, hosted by Matt Taylor from BBC Weather, that explains why high pressure weather conditions can affect Freeview reception on your TV:

As mentioned, you should not retune your device this weekend. If you do, there isn’t much you can do at that point other than wait until August 15, when the high-pressure conditions are supposed to pass – and then, you should retune again.

You can find more information on how to retune your device, in Freeview’s retuning help section.

What Can I Watch If My Freeview Channels Are Down?

If you can’t get some (or all) Freeview channels properly, you can still watch SOME of the channels via broadband.

If you have a Freeview Play device that’s connected to the internet, such as the Manhattan T-3R or Humax Aura, you can watch the streaming versions of the main broadcast channels, via apps like BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, etc.

Manhattan T3-R
Manhattan T3-R (See our review)

Alternatively, you can watch Freeview via the mobile app which is available to download for free (though keep in mind, the app can only help you watch Freeview Play channels that have their own apps on your phone – so again, BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub and the other big broadcasters).

You can also find streaming apps for all the public broadcasters, and several other big Freeview channels, on streaming devices such as Amazon Fire TV and Roku, and on most Smart TVs.

And as always, other TV services shouldn’t be affected by this issue – so you can continue to watch streaming services like Netflix, Disney+, Paramount+ and all the others.

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