Freeview has stop working across the UK because of ‘high air pressure’

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  • High air pressure is interfering with TV signals for people all over the country
  • Problems have been reported nationally but are worst in the south
  • They are believed to have started last night during the Great British Bake Off

Phoebe Weston

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Harry Pettit For Mailonline

Freeview is currently down across the UK, according to disgruntled viewers. 

Problems have been reported by hundreds nationally, although they are most reported in the south.

The company says there is nothing they can do about the outage, which it blames on high pressure weather systems interfering with TV and radio signals. 

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Freeview TV coverage across England has stopped working, according to users. Pictured is a UK coverage map of users reporting their TV has stopped working since yesterday evening (red means more reports)

Freeview TV coverage across England has stopped working, according to users. Pictured is a UK coverage map of users reporting their TV has stopped working since yesterday evening (red means more reports)

Freeview TV coverage across England has stopped working, according to users. Pictured is a UK coverage map of users reporting their TV has stopped working since yesterday evening (red means more reports)

WHAT HAPPENED? 

– Freeview TV coverage across England has stopped working

– The issues are particularly focussed in the south of England, with northern parts of the country also affected

–  The problems appear to have begun last night around 8pm BST (3pm ET), just as the final of the Great British Bake Off was airing in the UK

– Reports contunued to flood in this morning, Downdetector reports

–  Some suggest unusual weather is responsible for the outage

Freeview is the UK’s most watched digital TV service and around 19 millions homes use it. 

Problems are believed to have started last night at around 8pm (16:00 ET), the time the Great British Bake Off final was on. 

‘We’re unable to remedy this’, Freeview wrote on its website.

‘TV and radio signals can be affected by atmospheric conditions, including high air pressure (which brings fine weather), heavy rain or snow.

‘We’re aware that high air pressure is currently affecting TV and radio signals for some viewers,’ it said. 

Some have said the problem had left them unable to watch their televisions altogether, whereas others said it has created problems with certain channels.

Many users took to Twitter to vent their frustration.  

Andy King tweeted; ‘Wondering why freeview is down in some areas right now? It’s likely freak lift conditions affecting and interfering with radio signals’.

Unusual weather is causing Freeview to go down and leave people unable to watch television, according to reports. The issues are particularly focussed in the south of England (pictured)

Unusual weather is causing Freeview to go down and leave people unable to watch television, according to reports. The issues are particularly focussed in the south of England (pictured)

Unusual weather is causing Freeview to go down and leave people unable to watch television, according to reports. The issues are particularly focussed in the south of England (pictured)

Some suggest 'freak' high-pressure weather patterns (pictured) is interfering with radio signals and so is responsible for the outage

Some suggest 'freak' high-pressure weather patterns (pictured) is interfering with radio signals and so is responsible for the outage

Some suggest ‘freak’ high-pressure weather patterns (pictured) is interfering with radio signals and so is responsible for the outage

The problems began last night around  the time the final of the Great British Bake Off was airing in the UK, causing some fans to bemoan the unfortunate timing

The problems began last night around  the time the final of the Great British Bake Off was airing in the UK, causing some fans to bemoan the unfortunate timing

The problems began last night around the time the final of the Great British Bake Off was airing in the UK, causing some fans to bemoan the unfortunate timing

User Sophie Arber tweeted ‘now if NOT THE TIME FOR FREEVIEW TO GO DOWN #gbbo’, suggesting she was one of the viewers who were watching the Great British Bake Off final when it went down.

It appears London and the south of England were worst hit by the outage. 

Julie Lamb tweeted at 7am saying some channels were still down in Benfleet in Essex.

Other users tweeted Freeview Advice trying to find out more information about the outage. 

A user called Gavin tweeted: ‘Can’t get any freeview channels and your webpage is down. What’s going on?’

The problems appear to have begun last night around 8pm BST (3pm ET), just as the final of the Great British Bake Off was airing in the UK. Reports continued to flood in early this morning

The problems appear to have begun last night around 8pm BST (3pm ET), just as the final of the Great British Bake Off was airing in the UK. Reports continued to flood in early this morning

The problems appear to have begun last night around 8pm BST (3pm ET), just as the final of the Great British Bake Off was airing in the UK. Reports continued to flood in early this morning

The problem started last night but continued early this morning, with users across the country findings their TVs still don't work a full 12 hours after issues began

The problem started last night but continued early this morning, with users across the country findings their TVs still don't work a full 12 hours after issues began

The problem started last night but continued early this morning, with users across the country findings their TVs still don’t work a full 12 hours after issues began

Twitter user @gpdixon wrote: 'can't get any freeview channels and your webpage down. whats going on?'

Twitter user @gpdixon wrote: 'can't get any freeview channels and your webpage down. whats going on?'

Twitter user @gpdixon wrote: ‘can’t get any freeview channels and your webpage down. whats going on?’

Some have been experiencing poor signal for more than 12 hours, with initial reports coming in at 7pm GMT (15:00 ET) last night. 

Hundreds of unhappy viewers also took to DownDetector to register their frustration. 

One user wrote on the DownDetector website; ‘Poor signal quality across multiple channels BBC1,2 Chan 4, 5 etc on HD and Standard Channels. including bake off final near Dorchester Dorset.’

Launched in 2002, Freeview is a joint venture between BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky and Arqiva, with more than 60 channels available.

MailOnline reader Christine Hyland emailed in; ‘I live in Whitstable and we have been unable to get many digital channels since last night causing lots of us to miss the final of Bake Off amongst other programmes’.

‘This is a frequent occurrence but if it wasn’t for our local Facebook page we would think it was an individual problem with our TV or aerial as I have done in the past, calling out and paying someone to check my aerial connection only to be told it’s ‘atmospherics’.

‘When digital TV was rolled out forcing everyone to scrap their existing TVs or buy a digi box it was heralded as ‘the way forward’ but it’s turned out to be a massive backward step’, she said.

Launched in 2002, Freeview is a joint venture between BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky and Arqiva, with more than 60 channels available

Launched in 2002, Freeview is a joint venture between BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky and Arqiva, with more than 60 channels available

Launched in 2002, Freeview is a joint venture between BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky and Arqiva, with more than 60 channels available