Wales becomes UK's first digital TV nation

Wales is now the UK's first digital TV nation as the final stage of switchover in the country was completed today (31 March).

The Welsh switchover began last August. The first stage of switchover at the Wenvoe transmitter group which covers Cardiff, Newport and south east Wales, began earlier this month when analogue BBC Two was turned off and ended today with the final analogue TV signals being switched off permanently.

The remaining analogue channels—BBC One, ITV1, Channel 4 and Five—have gone digital and extra channels are being broadcast from 75 local relay transmitters, making Cardiff the UK's first digital capital city.

Residents with Freeview, BT Vision or Top Up TV equipment will need to retune. The changes also affect existing Freeview viewers who may find some of their channels missing. The services have moved to new frequencies and can be restored by retuning Freeview TVs and boxes.

DTG Staff  |  31.03.2010

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