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Mysterious fault hits some Freeview PVRs

Digital UK is looking into an increasing number of reports from viewers who have experienced trouble recording programmes from Freeview.

Viewers report a variety of symptoms, including double recordings and problems fast forwarding or rewinding programmes. The fault appears to affect Digital Stream branded PVRs, but there have been some anecdotal reports of other brands being affected.

With multiple users reporting the problens started at around the same time, Digital UK -  who manage the technical aspects of the digital terrestrial TV platform that Freeview is based on - is looking at whether any changes to data transmitted over the air has triggered the issues.

It is working with manufacturers and broadcasters to understand the problem.

Update: a source for the fault has now been identified and a fix is expected to follow.