BBC Three Set To Be Axed

BBC are set to announce there plans to axe BBC 3 from it’s broadcast after putting together a plan of saving around £90 million in cutbacks. The compnay have been looking at ways to make cut backs over the past 3 years and have since attempted to remove radio channels, however these channels were quickly reinstated after a public out cry and negative feedback from top celebrities.

BBC believe there channel BBC Three is targeted more towards a 16-34 age group so therefore plan to replace the channel with a online channel that will be watcable via there online BBC iPlayer. This news has led to a lot of negative feedback from stars such as David Walliams, Jack Whitehall, James Corden and Ruth Jones who all found fame through debuting on the channel. BBC 3 was the birth place for shows including Gavin & Stacey, Our War, Coming of Age and Little Britian. All programmes that went on to be very succesful and now broadcast on BBC’s mainstream channel BBC One.

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Google Chromecast set to Launch in the UK

Google have announced that there new media device known as Chromecast is set to launch in the UK this month. UK customers will finally be to get there hands on the device by the end of March this year.

Google Chromecase Dongle

 

Google chromecast first launched in the United States last summer and since it’s launch it has been a huge sucess. Google have refused to give out any figures on how many of these devices have been sold to date, but they did confirm their sales figures as “strong”. It is believed between 5 and 10 million of these devices have been sold to date.

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Apples in Car Operating System set to Launch

Apple have announced that there first ever in car operating system is set to launch next week. This latest move will mark a new direction for the company with state of the art features including satellite navigation, Siri and built in media players. These devices will be built to fit in with existing dashboards and will be known by the name of CarPlay.

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It is widely reported that Apple will launch there long awaited operating system at the Genever Motor Show some time next week. But it has not been confirmed which car manufactures will be the first to introduce this device into their cars, but it is rumoured that Ferrari, Volvo & Mercedes-Benz are all manufactures that will be the first to showcase these operating systems.

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Digital AV Modulators

New Range of Conexer Digital ModulatorsConexer Digital Modulators

Radio Frequency (RF) modulators allow you to send audio and visual signals across a length of coaxial cable from one source to a suitable tuner/demodulator. These modulated signals can be combined with your traditional TV system to allow you to amplify/split and distribute TV pictures not only from your TV aerial but also from other AV equipment.

Before the days of HDMI and even Scart, many devices featured inbuilt analogue modulators, things such as VCRs, satellite receivers etc. You would usually watch these AV sources by tuning your analogue TV to the selected RF frequency, and setting it at channel 0. At the time, this seemed like a really good idea (it still is today!). However as picture quality has got better and better, not only from AV sources but also through your TV aerial, this modulated analogue signal has begun to look very poor in comparison!

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Christmas Special Offers From Tradeworks

Tradeworks Christmas Special Offers

Christmas is upon us and there is no better time to save a few extra pounds! With our latest set of special offers we hope we can save you all some money on those special presents that everyone wants this Christmas.

There may not be any One Direction dolls for sale but we do have some high tech savings to be had!

The brand new Humax FreeTime Freesat HD satellite PVR receiver HB-1000S. Humax’s newest offering to the Freesat with Freetime market is their lower cost single tuner receiver with no internal hard drive. The typical selling price for their twin tuner 1TB PVR receivers is around the £300 mark, however for December only we are offering their newest receiver for only £95! The HB1000S is jam packed full of features that will keep every tech busy for a long time. The perfect gift for Dad!

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Humax FreeTime Freesat HD Satellite Receiver HB-1000S

Humax FreeTime Freesat HD Satellite Receiver HB-1000S

Humax have just launched their newest offering to the Freesat market, the HB-1000S FreeTime PVR with Catchup TV. This is a very welcome addition to their standard line-up of FreeTime PVRs as it is available for less than £100 (all previous models cost around£299). This makes it a very affordable choice, especially after the FoxSatHD model was discontinued earlier this year.

Humax FreeTime HB-1000S

To reduce costs they have removed some of the lavish features but still kept the core functionality and quality they are renowned for intact as much as possible. Major differences include:

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TV Aerial Planned Engineering Works 27/05/2013

This weeks planned TV Aerial engineering works for Digital Switchover Week Commencing 27/05/2013

TV Aerial

 

Digital Switchover is now completed for the whole of the UK and Northern Ireland! However there are still some engineering works ongoing that may affect the signal you receive from your TV Aerial. Most of these planned engineering works will take place in the early hours of the morning to avoid any unnecessary interruptions to your TV viewing. In some cases there will be times when this maintenance work does carry on until the day time, and other cases where unplanned engineering works need to be carried out immediately to fix new issues. The Arqiva engineers work as quick and hard as they possibly can to make sure interruptions to your TV viewing are kept to a minimum.

Below is a list of this week’s planned TV Aerial Transmitter engineering works. Check to see if you might be affected by any of the planned works. If you find that you are in an area where planned works are to be carried out that week, bear in mind that any late night/early morning planned recordings that you might have may fail to record properly! Likewise If you find you are having reception issues it might be worth while checking for this week’s unplanned engineering works list (updated at the top of this list when any data becomes available).

Please note this is not an exhaustive list, there may be interruptions and transmitter works caused by factors other than digital switchover. If you are having problems with your TV signal please also check with the BBCs website – see bottom of post….

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High Risk of interference for Freeview Viewers From 4G?

4G Interference is coming…But who will it affect…

4G LTE Protected

We all know it is coming, some of us know what it is, but the majority of us just don’t know what is going to happen. This even includes the mobile phone and television broadcast companies. What are we talking about? 4G and LTE (Long Term Evolution) of course!

This spring/summer sees the arrival and preliminary testing of new 4G mobile data services to the UK. 4G or Long Term Evolution (LTE) is the newest technology to hit the mobile communication market. It is the next evolution in the way mobile data is transmitted and received, leading to phenomenal upload and download speeds – far faster than most people’s home broadband services!

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TV Aerial Planned Engineering Works 29/04/2013

This weeks planned TV Aerial engineering works for Digital Switchover Week Commencing 29/04/2013

TV Aerial

 

Engineering works on over 80 different TV Transmitters throughout the country this week – looks like this ones a bumper issue……

Digital Switchover is now completed for the whole of the UK and Northern Ireland! However there are still some engineering works ongoing that may affect the signal you receive from your TV Aerial. Most of these planned engineering works will take place in the early hours of the morning to avoid any unnecessary interruptions to your TV viewing. In some cases there will be times when this maintenance work does carry on until the day time, and other cases where unplanned engineering works need to be carried out immediately to fix new issues. The Arqiva engineers work as quick and hard as they possibly can to make sure interruptions to your TV viewing are kept to a minimum.

Below is a list of this week’s planned TV Aerial Transmitter engineering works. Check to see if you might be affected by any of the planned works. If you find that you are in an area where planned works are to be carried out that week, bear in mind that any late night/early morning planned recordings that you might have may fail to record properly! Likewise If you find you are having reception issues it might be worth while checking for this week’s unplanned engineering works list (updated at the top of this list when any data becomes available).

Please note this is not an exhaustive list, there may be interruptions and transmitter works caused by factors other than digital switchover. If you are having problems with your TV signal please also check with the BBCs website – see bottom of post….

Update Latest Engineering News April 29 – May 3 2013:

The Efail Fach transmitter – Emergency engineering works will be taking place between 8am to 6pm every day.

  •  Digital services – PSB1, PSB2 and PSB3 are likely to be affected

 

Anglia:

  • Tacolneston (Main Transmitter) – Digital TV Aerial signals liable to interruptions due to ongoing works

 

Central:

  • Sutton Coldfield (Main Transmitter) – Analogue radio signals liable to interruptions due to ongoing works and low signal power
  • Brailes (Relay Transmitter) – Digital TV Aerial signals liable to interruptions due to ongoing works
  • Bretch Hill (Relay Transmitter) – Digital TV Aerial signals liable to interruptions due to ongoing works
  • Presteigne (Relay Transmitter) – Digital TV Aerial signals liable to interruptions due to ongoing works
  • Woodford Halse (Relay Transmitter) – Digital TV Aerial signals liable to interruptions due to ongoing works

 London:

  • Poplar (Relay Transmitter) – Digital TV Aerial signals liable to interruptions due to ongoing works

Meridian:

  • East Dean (Relay Transmitter) – Analogue radio signals liable to interruptions due to ongoing works and low signal power
  • Ham Street (Relay Transmitter) – Digital TV Aerial signals liable to interruptions due to ongoing works
  • Haywards Heath (Relay Transmitter) – Digital TV Aerial signals liable to interruptions due to ongoing works
  • Wye (Relay Transmitter) – Digital TV Aerial signals liable to interruptions due to ongoing works

 

STV Central Scottish:

  • Arrochar (Relay Transmitter) – Digital TV Aerial signals liable to interruptions due to ongoing works
  • Bowmore VP (Relay Transmitter) – Digital TV Aerial signals liable to interruptions due to ongoing works
  • Campbeltown (Relay Transmitter) – Digital TV Aerial signals liable to interruptions due to ongoing works
  • High Keil (Relay Transmitter) – Digital TV Aerial signals liable to interruptions due to ongoing works
  • Millburn Muir (Relay Transmitter) – Digital TV Aerial signals liable to interruptions due to ongoing works
  • Port Ellen (Relay Transmitter) – Digital TV Aerial signals liable to interruptions due to ongoing works
  • Portnahaven (Relay Transmitter) – Digital TV Aerial signals liable to interruptions due to ongoing works

 

STV North Grampian:

  • Knockmore (Main Transmitter) – Digital  TV signals liable to interruption from ongoing works
  • Avoch (Relay Transmitter) – Digital TV Aerial signals liable to interruptions due to ongoing works
  • Balblair Wood (Relay Transmitter) – Digital TV Aerial signals liable to interruptions due to ongoing works
  • Glen Urquhart VP (Relay Transmitter) – Digital TV Aerial signals liable to interruptions due to ongoing works
  • Kingussie (Relay Transmitter) – Digital TV Aerial signals liable to interruptions due to ongoing works
  • Lairg (Relay Transmitter) – Digital TV Aerial signals liable to interruptions due to ongoing works
  • Tomatin (Relay Transmitter) – Digital TV Aerial signals liable to interruptions due to ongoing works

Wales:

  • Llanddona (Relay Transmitter) – Digital TV signals liable to interruptions due to ongoing works
  • Efail Fach (Relay Transmitter) – Digital TV signals liable to interruptions due to ongoing works

 

This week’s planned engineering works list is not an exhaustive list. Every morning DigitalUK and Arqiva release a list of any newly added engineering works that will be taking place that or the following day. Likewise there will be some engineering works taking place that have nothing to do with the digital switchover. For help with non digital switchover works please visit the BBC help pages here..

Please note these works will only affect you if you receive your TV channels through a TV Aerial. IF you get your channels through VirginMedia, Sky or Freesat these disruptions will not affect you in any way!

If you need a new TV aerial or amplifier in preparation for the digital switchover in your area please visit our shop to see our massive selection of top quality goods…

We have guides to help you retune your TV ready for the digital switchover available in our guides section HERE… We also have upto date information on the digital switchover available here…

We sell a wide range of products to get you ready for the digital switchover including: TV Aerials, Satellite Dishes, Freesat Equipment, Freeview Equipment, HDMI Leads and splitters, TV Aerial Amplifiers, Splitters, Combiners, CCTV Equipment, Solar PV plus many many more items….checkout our main store today!!

 

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Freeview HD – Goodbye BBCHD Hello BBC TWO HD

Tomorrow The first Ever Freeview HD Channel Shuts Down

BBC Two HD

BBCHD – the first ever Freeview HD channel to be launched in the UK will be shutdon as of tomorrow the 26th March 2013. But the good news is that it will be immediately replaced by BBC Two HD!!

BBCHD has often simulcasted the same content as BBC Two but in a high definition version so a lot of viewers wont notice that much of a difference. In fact it may make it easier for a lot of Freeview HD viewers to watch the programmes in glorious High Definition – some people probably didn’t even realise they did this so missed out on all those chances.

However BBCHD was also the channel that gave both BBC Three and BBC Four a place to show off their channels selection of rich high definition content. Now these HD programmes will have to be viewed on the iPlayer or repeated on the likes of BBC One or BBC Two in order for them to ever appear on Freeview HD (also Freesat HD).

Below we have included a new channel listing lineup of LCNs (Local channel numbers for Freeview / Freeview HD). It lists all available channels, what LCNs that have in the guide and on what digital multiplext they are transmitted/received on. For viewers who can only access a sub-transmitter, you will only be likely to receive the first 3 digital multiplexes aslo known as the three Public Service Broadcasters, for those lucky enough to be close to a main transmitter you will receive all three Public Service Broadcasters plus the additional 3 commercial broadcasters multiplexes.

Plus if you are lucky enough to live in the Winter Hill area (Manchester) you may well pickup the additional Manchester only digital multiplex and enjoy the likes of ‘movies4men’ and ‘high street TV’

BBC B (HD) is only available for Freeview HD customers. You will only have Freeview HD if your TV is specifically “Freeview HD” logod or you have a separate Freeview HD set top box/receiver. Please note – A TV with Freeview HD and an HD Freeview TV are not the same thing!

Freeview HD DMOL BBCHD BBC Two HD

Click on the picture above for an even bigger view.

To get the new BBC Two HD Channel you will need to retune your TV set or Freeview HD Set Top Box. This is usually just a case of going into the menu, setup, tuner/channels, new auto scan. The Freeview HD automatic scan will then pick up the new BBC Two HD channel and delete the old redundant listing for BBC HD.

4G Mobile transmissions are coming shortly… Are you ready for the Interference that it might cause? Check out our Dedicated 4G information centre at www.tradeworks.tv/acatalog/4G-LTE.html

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