The analogue Channel Five service in the south coast area will be switched off as part of a re-organisation of TV signals ahead of digital switchover, Digital UK have announced.
The changes will take place on Wednesday, 25 March, 2009 and will affect viewers in parts of Hampshire, East Dorset, West Sussex and the Isle of Wight.
On the same day as the analogue Channel Five switch off, existing digital terrestrial TV services such as Freeview, Top Up TV or BT Vision, will move to new frequencies.
Digital UK state that an estimated 500,000 homes watching these services will need to retune their equipment or risk losing access to dozens of channels, including those from the BBC, ITV and Channel 4.
Digital UK announced that the changes are part of a re-organisation of the airwaves which will protect existing digital services from interference from neighbouring areas in the UK and France where switchover is starting in mid-2009.
David Scott, Chief Executive of Digital UK, said: "Making these changes now is vital to protecting existing services from interference and ensuring that the process runs smoothly in the Meridian TV region in three years' time. Analogue viewers who make the switch to digital now will be able not only to continue enjoying Five but also many extra TV channels, radio and text services. For digital viewers, retuning their equipment should only take a few moments and we are here to offer advice to anyone who needs it."
DTG Staff | 28.01.2009