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Freeview in Jersey
Freeview will hit our little part of the British Isles by 2013 according to Digital UK.
The great digital switchover starts in 2008 and is due to finish in 2012 in the UK. The analogue TV signal will be switched off leaving millions of televisions, video players and equipment obsolete.
Until now there's been a lot of uncertainty over when and if the switchover will happen in Jersey. Now it's been announced that Jersey will be switched after London in 2013.
The digital switchover will be coordinated by Digital UK and Joe Smithies of the organisation told BBC Radio Jersey's John Uphoff how this would work.
The organisation will be going around the UK turning off the analogue signal and replacing it with a high powered digital signal meaning almost everyone in the UK and Jersey will get Freeview by the time they've finished.
The Channel Islands are the last place to switch because they're not part of the UK or part of the UK switch over programming. However the States of Jersey have said switch over will happen in 2013 and Digital UK will be working with the States to make it
There won't be a crossover period in Jersey. It will go from being analogue one day to digital the next and this is due to signal interference.
You need to make sure every TV in your home has a digital signal before switch off (through satellite, cable or Freeview) by about six months before switch off happens in 2013.
Get ready for the Digital Switch.
Switchover starts in mainland UK in 2008 and at the start they expect the average cost per household will be about £100. However it's expected it will be a LOT less by the time analogue is turned off in Jersey in 2013.
However we won't get all of the 40 or so channels currently on Freeview in large parts of the UK.
Apparently we will get all the public service channels including the BBC channels, ITV channels, Channel 4 channels and five channels.
Digital UK expects Jersey will get around 18 or 19 channels at switchover on top of all the BBC digital and Channel 4 radio stations through the TV.
If you can't wait until 2013 to see Torchwood on BBC THREE or Fear of Fanny on BBC FOUR there are alternatives.
You can get every BBC channel for free through Digital Satellite without having to pay a subscription to Sky.
You can get a freesat service from a retailer in the island where they will install a dish and box giving you all the BBC channels and ITV channels for a one off payment of around £120.
Alternatively you can go to a site like eBay and buy an old SKY dish/box for about £40 and install it yourself. You'll still get all the BBC TV and radio stations.You can listen to more from John Uphoff every weekday from 09:00 on BBC Radio Jersey. Tune in to the BBC in Jersey on 88.8fm, 1026mw or live online.
last updated: 21/06/07
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