On-screen messages about the digital switchover have started appearing on analogue TV channels in Devon and Cornwall, Digital UK has announced.
On 1 July 2009, the Huntshaw Cross transmitter group, which serves north Devon, will start switching to digital television, followed by the Redruth transmitter group, which serves west Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly a week later and the Caradon Hill transmitter group, which serves Plymouth, parts of Devon and east Cornwall on 12 August.
From today, analogue viewers will see a series of intermittent messages such as: "This TV gets its signal from the Huntshaw Cross transmitter group, and needs to be ready for digital switchover on 12th August 2009. Questions? Call Digital UK on 08456 50 50 50."
Bill Taylor, South West Regional Manager for Digital UK, said: "Research has shown that captions are a very effective way to tell viewers their television will definitely be affected by switchover, and when it will happen. Viewers in the West Country who see the messages know they have to get ready.
"There are a number of ways to go digital depending on where you live. The postcode checker on Digital UK's website and helpline can identify the options."
During 2009, more than 100 transmitters in the West Country will switch to fully digital signals, making Freeview available across the region for the first time.
DTG Staff | 14.01.2009