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When does the switchover start?

Depending on your transmitter the date varies. a guide is below but for further information visit the Digital UK website.

London (Crystal Palace) ~ Switchover starts 4th April 2012

Anglia (Sudbury) ~ Switchover starts 6th June 2011

Meridian (Bluebell Hill) ~ Switchover starts 2012

What is the digital Switchover?

The digital TV switchover is the process of turning off the UK's analogue TV signal and replacing it with a digital signal.

What and why is it happening?

TV is going digital. The existing analogue TV signal will be switched off and replaced with a new, stronger digital TV signal. It will mean that almost everyone will be able to receive digital TV through an aerial (Freeview).

Digital TV also uses less broadcast space which means that after switchover, there will be more room for new services such as wireless broadband, local TV and High Definition Television (HDTV).

To keep your TV service, you will need to convert your TVs to digital before your area’s switchover date.

Download more information about the digital TV switchover. (External link to Digital UK website)

Benefits of going digital

Digital TV offers new ways to enjoy your TV service:

  • Greater choice of TV channels
  • New features such as on-screen listings, interactivity, audio description and subtitling for people with visual and audio impairments.
  • Optional additional channels and services including premium channels (e.g movies, sports), broadband and telephony.