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Some Freeview viewers have suffered interference because of the weather
Some Freeview viewers have suffered interference because of the weather

Some Freeview viewers have suffered interference because of the weather

by Jess Banham

For most people the warm weather is something to celebrate, but not for householders across Kent who have been left struggling to watch TV.

Interference from high weather pressure has left hundreds of homes in the county unable to watch some Freeview channels.

People living in Higham, Rochester, Sittingbourne, Minster and Whitstable are among those to report the problem.

A Freeview spokesman said: "The unusually high atmospheric pressure occurring at present can affect all wireless communications, including analogue and digital signals.

"Once the area of high pressure has moved on, TV reception should return to normal."

In warm weather, the sun heats up the ground and the warm air gets trapped underneath the colder air above.

This creates a layer that is in effect a mirror for television signals - meaning signals you would not normally receive can cause pixilation, garbled sound and even a blank screen.

Homes on the coast can be particularly affected as they can get interference from continental broadcasts.

Later this year, all televisions in the county will have to be switched over to digital as analogue signals are being turned off.

High pressure should have less of an effect after this has happened as the digital signal will be boosted, which helps to counter act interference by ignoring any reflected digital signals.

The digital switch-over in Kent takes place in May and June.

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