Techy Tips

  • Humax - Freeview and Freesat

    Loss of signal reported with Humax Freesat

    Having spent many years working with all the TV brands, we tend to recommend Humax as the most reliable brand for set top boxes. Humax provide various product options for both Freeview and Freesat services, inclusive of recording and catch-up facilities. That said, in the last week we have received several calls reporting complete loss […]

  • Lost Freeview channels since 17th October?

    Have you lost your freeview channels since 17th Oct? We’re still getting some calls from viewers that have lost Freeview channles after a frequency shuffle on the 17th. If your TV is tuned to one of the following relay transmitters and you haven’t tried a retune, please give it a try… Affected transmitters: Broadhaven Fishguard […]

  • Ask Dave

    Freeview or Freesat?

    A common question from our customers is ‘which is best, Freeview or Freesat?’  There isn’t a ‘one fits all’ solution.  However, we do suggest you consider the following to help influence your decision: In a nutshell, there are two traditional methods of transmitting TV channels to your property.  Terrestrial TV (commonly referred to as ‘Freeview’) […]

  • Ask Dave

    FREE guest WiFi in holiday accommodation? Know the basics

      If like many holiday let owners, you intend to supply free internet access to guests, there are a few things you need to know before you simply open up your internet to all and sundry. Here’s a quick guide summarising the main points:   Consider where it’s appropriate to have your WiFi ‘Open’ with no security. […]

  • Ask Dave

    5 geeky facts about satellite TV

    1.  There are over 2,500 communication satellites approx. 36,000km above the earth’s surface in a geostationary orbit around the equator, known as the Clarke Belt (named after scientist and sci-fi author, Arthur C. Clarke)   Ref: http://www.satelliteguys.us/xen/attachments/boeing-sat-map-pdf.92055 2 . It takes approx. 0.6 seconds for data to travel from a satellite to your TV screen […]

  • TV signals used to track aircraft as alternative to radar

    [news from bbc.co.uk] Research carried out by the air traffic control provider Nats and its partners suggests that existing TV signals could be used to track aircraft, providing a cheaper alternative to radar. TV signals use different parts of the radio spectrum to radar, but both bounce off solid objects. Using special receivers, researchers said […]

  • How to buy a new TV

    It has always been an amusing point of conversation when we tell our customers that our personal TV is in fact a tube TV that we’ve had the pleasure of watching since we bought it, in 2004! Our response to those that ask ‘Why?’ is that we moved to Pembrokeshire to breathe some fresh air. […]

  • Better mobile phone reception??

    EE plans micro-network for UK mobile not-spots (From the bbc news website) The antennas do not require planning permission, unlike the large masts used by mobile operators Continue reading the main story Mobile operator EE is planning to connect 1,500 rural “not-spots”, using small antennas that can be attached to any building. So-called micro-networks eliminate […]

  • Is your LG Smart TV spying on you?

    How your LG Smart TV can spy on you In a deal with ‘Cognitive Networks‘ LG can now monitor and sell your viewing habits and even what you have watched on the internet via their Smart TV’s Graham Cluley | November 20, 2013 11:19 am There’s a fascinating blog post by “DoctorBeet”, which anyone who owns an LG Smart TV […]

  • Panasonic to cease plasma screen production in December

    Panasonic has announced that it is ceasing production of plasma screen televisions in December. From Digital Spy The Japanese electronics giant will withdraw from the sector entirely in March next year, citing “rapid, drastic changes in the business environment” as the reason for the shift. Plasma screen displays remain competitive against their LCD and LED counterparts, […]

  • The new BBC iPlayer: Due spring 2014

    The BBC has highly ambitious plans for iPlayer. Described by Director-General Tony Hall as a “primary entertainment destination”, it is set to become the BBC’s main focus for all its digital offerings.So how exactly is iPlayer going to change? The BBC has outlined a vision for the streaming service which sets it apart from pretty much everything else […]

  • sky tv live pause issues

    LIVE PAUSE & RECORDING ISSUES ON DRX890/ 5 including Wi-Fi Sky+HD boxes (c/o sky technical)It has come to our attention that in some specific scenarios the DRX89* (Sky+HD box) with model number R007.61.49.00P may not pause live TV (icon shows on the TV screen but video does not pause), and customers who experience this may […]