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Freeview intermittent interference

When you get occasional sound loss or picture freezes

When you get occasional sound loss or picture freezes
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There are several different types of interference that cause problems. This page deals with the situation where:

  • Freeview reception is perfect or near-perfect most of the time
  • The audio on TV and radio channels mutes momentarily a few times each minute
  • The picture on a Freeview channel freezes a few times each minute


There are two main causes of this type of intermittent interference:
  • 'Induction' interference
  • Mobile phone interference


Induction interference

Induction interference is caused by mains-powered household devices that contain a large motor, such as:
  • Washing machine;
  • Tumble dryer;
  • Central heating pump or combination boiler;
  • Fridge;
  • Freezer;
  • Power tools (drills, jigsaws etc)
  • Vacuum cleaners;
  • Water pumps;
  • Automatic doors


You can identify if one or more of these devices is causing the Freeview reception problem by powering off the devices.

If one of these devices is causing the problem, then the reception problem can usually be solved by using a mains filter device and use it on the Freeview boxes mains connection.



Such as device is this: Maplin: 6-Way Flat Screen and HDTV Surge Protector and Mains Filter.

Mobile phone interference

If you keep a mobile phone by your Freeview box or digital television, keep it further away!

This also applies to other transmitters such as baby monitors, video senders, walkie talkies, and portable phones.

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Comments
Tuesday, 14 February 2017
MikeP
9:03 PM

Stephen:

Your signal strengths are too low, hence the break up problems. You need to correct the aerial fault that is causing it, try having you aerial repositioned so it is aimed more accurately at the transmitter, or replace the aerial with a higher gain one, or fit an aerial amplifier in the cable. Ideally you want between 60% and 85%. Because the signal is weak, you are not seeing the low power multiplexes.



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Tuesday, 21 February 2017
J
John
12:08 PM

Hi
Over the past couple of weeks our freeview reception via a YouView box has got worse and worse.
Signal strength has reduced from 70% to 30% quality is 100%. EX85HW receiving from Beacon Hill.
If I go back to my Humax box then although the signal levels are about the same the picture is virtually interference free.
Any ideas please?

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