To help address the confusion surrounding 4G and what it might do to Freeview and digital terrestrial signals, At800.tv will launch an ‘accredited installer’ kite mark scheme.
Freeview, BT Vision, YouView and TalkTalk TV customers who might be affected can rest easy knowing that a fully accredited installer will be on hand to tune out any problems that 4G might cause.
Accredited engineers will carry an At800.tv-branded photo ID after having passed an official training course. Installers will need to be RDI or CAI members, have valid insurance and Working at Heights qualifications and require a Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as a CRB check).
Read Recombu Digital’s guide to At800.tv and the 4G Freeview FailSimon Beresford-Wylie, chief executive of At800.tv, said, “Many viewers will be able to fix any disruption to their Freeview service caused by 4G at 800 MHz by fitting the free At800.tv filter. However, in some cases, this won’t be possible; so we have put in place this scheme to provide expert installers across the UK who can take additional action to restore Freeview at no cost to viewers.”
The ‘4G Freeview Fail’ as we’ve termed it, threatened to ruin Freeview and digital terrestrial TV for over a million viewers. Subsequent trials carried out by At800.tv have suggested that it won’t be as bad as all that but nonetheless, we’ve spotted a dodgy-looking operation aiming to cash in on people’s fears.
An At800.tv kite mark will assure people that enginneers install filters are legitimate and trustworthy and no cowboy nonsense will take place on At800.tv’s watch. Independent engineers who want to offer 4G-mitigating services will also have to sign up for the training course and only take jobs that they can realistically fit into their schedules.