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TV switchover underway in Wales

12/08/09

The first digital switchover in Wales has completed its first stage meaning that thousands of homes in the Swansea area can now receive Freeview for the first time.

Shortly after midnight on 12 August, all TV services were temporarily switched off at the Kilvey Hill transmitter and its 10 relays. Analogue BBC Two was switched off permanently.

An improved digital signal is now being made available from Kilvey Hill and relay transmitters, broadcasting all the 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, S4C. Channel 4 and Five will also become available from relay transmitters for the first time.

According to Digital UK, virtually all households in Swansea will then be able to receive a Freeview signal.

Emyr Byron Hughes, Digital UK’s National Manager for Wales, said: “Swansea’s switchover is now 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 9 September, when all the analogue channels will be permanently switched off. Anyone who needs advice during this period should contact Digital UK.”

Written by DTG Team
 

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