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Final West Country switchover underway

12/08/09

75,000 homes in Plymouth, parts of Devon and east Cornwall have completed the first stage of digital switchover.

In the early hours of 12th August, all TV services were temporarily switched off at the Caradon Hill transmitter and its 29 relays. Analogue BBC Two was switched off permanently.

According to Digital UK viewers of relay transmitters – in areas such as Tavistock, Plympton and Kingsbridge – had never before had access to digital TV through their aerial (Freeview). An improved digital signal is now being made available from Caradon Hill and relay transmitters, broadcasting the full range of BBC channels in digital form.

Digital UK is advising viewers of Freeview, BT Vision and Top Up TV to retune their equipment.

The second stage of switchover takes place on 9 September, when the remaining analogue channels will be switched off permanently. On this date, further Freeview channels from ITV, Channel 4 and Five will also become available from relay transmitters for the first time. Digital UK said that virtually all households in Plymouth, parts of Devon and east Cornwall will then be able to receive a Freeview signal.

Written by DTG Team

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