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Questions about digital tv switchover?

David Gregory | 15:09 UK time, Wednesday, 30 March 2011

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If you are still not sure about when digital tv switchover will affect you then keep an eye on BBC Two. If BBC Two disappears then your transmitter has made the switch and your tv isn't ready. If you don't do anything in a week or so after you lose BBC Two you'll lose all your tv channels. The engineers do this deliberately as a final warning to people. But according to BBC colleagues in America they just threw the switch one night and that was that!

In the Midlands the switchover begins on the 6th April but not all our transmitters will switch at this time. Some will go digital later in the year in September including the big mast at Sutton Coldfield. When you switch will depend on which transmitter your ariel is looking at.

There is plenty of help available for people with digital switchover including free equipment, installation and 12 months support for some people. If you qualify you should have already been sent a letter but for further information visit or call free on 0800 40 85 900

Most of us have already made the switch and if you watch TV through a dish or via cable you don't need to do anything. Freeview viewers will need to retune set top boxes, tvs and recorders during the switchover. More information about how to do this and answers to many other questions can be found at or you can call 08456 50 50 50.

At the digital television talk I attended in Doddington Village Hall in Shropshire I was told the most popular question people asked was why we were going digital at all? This final turning off of the analogue system should allow an improvement in the digital terrestrial tv signal we all get. And that will mean better pictures and more channels.

Well that's the theory but let me know if you have any questions.



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