Digital television switchover is underway in parts of east and central Wales, bringing Freeview coverage to 24,000 households for the first time.
Shortly after midnight on 4th November all TV services were temporarily switched off at the Long Mountain transmitter group. Analogue BBC Two was switched off permanently.
A new digital signal is being made available from Long Mountain and its relays, broadcasting the full range of BBC channels in digital form. Over 24,000 homes in areas such as Llandinam and Llanidloes can receive digital TV through their aerial (Freeview) for the first time.
The second stage of switchover takes place on 3 December, when the remaining analogue channels will be switched off permanently. On this date, further Freeview channels from ITV, S4C, Channel 4 and Five will also become available for the first time. Virtually all households in the area will then be able to receive a Freeview signal.
Emyr Hughes, Digital UK’s National Manager for Wales, said this morning: “The switchover is underway, and many people are receiving Freeview channels for the first time.
“We’re now encouraging viewers who still don’t have the necessary equipment to get ready in time for 3 December, when all the analogue channels will be permanently switched off. Anyone who needs advice during this period should contact Digital UK.”
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