If you are an O2 customer in the UK, then you are certain to be angry that your chosen network is being left behind when it comes to 4G, heck in some cases you even struggle to get 3G. However, this is not the case for all UK carriers, with some of them upping their game to try and increase 4G coverage, but it seems that this is affecting Freeview customers.
According to Ofcom almost all 2.3 million Freeview users will have to fit a filter to their box in order to counter the interference from 4G, which if left you will only see a blank screen. Before Sky satellite customers begin to worry, this issue will not affect you. These filters will be provided free of charge thanks to the 4G auction fund.
However, there are a small percentage of Freeview customers where these filters will not work, well around a 1,000 homes. The sad thing is that there is nothing that can be done for these and will lose their Freeview service and will have to look for an alternative, which will be annoying when you consider that they either have this built-in to their TVs or have just bought themselves a Freeview box because of the switch to digital TV services.
If you would like to know more on this then Digital Spy has more information for you, but from what we gather those who also have Freesat are also unaffected by this. It seems that those unaffected by 4G are the ones who receives digital TV by use of a satellite dish, just like Sky and Freesat. You might be interested to learn that the latter digital TV service is to also offer YouTube via their boxes in the not too distant future.