Digital Television Switchover
Between 2008 - 2012, television services in the UK will go
completely digital, TV region by TV region.
To find out when your area is set to change, please use the
'Postcode Checker' at the bottom of this page.
The old analogue television signal will be switched off and
viewers will need to convert or upgrade their TV equipment to
receive digital signals, whether through their aerial, by
satellite, cable or broadband.
The Government is responsible for the policy of digital
switchover, including the 2008 - 2012 timetable and the
establishment of a Help Scheme for those who may need practical
assistance with switchover.
Digital UK is the independent not-for-profit company leading the
implementation of switchover. Ofcom is the independent regulator
and competition authority for the communications industry, with a
statutory duty to further the interests and consumers in
Why is it happening?
The digital TV switchover is Government policy. It will mean
that almost everyone will be able to receive digital TV through an
Digital TV also uses less broadcast space which means that after
switchover, there will be more room for new services such as
wireless broadband, local TV and High Definition Television
To keep your TV service, you will need to convert your TVs to
digital before your area's switchover date.
Benefits of going digital
Digital TV offers new ways to enjoy your TV service:
- Greater choice of TV channels.
- New features such as on-screen listings, interactivity, audio
description and subtitling for people with visual and audio
- Optional additional channels and services including premium
channels(e.g movies, sports), broadband and telephony.
Getting your home ready
- How many TVs do you have in your home?
- Consider every TV set that you want to continue watching. Any
TV left unconverted will not work after switchover.
- Do you like to record TV programmes?
Video and DVD recorders will still play back and record but most
won't be able to record one channel while you watch another. If you
enjoy recording, consider getting a digital TV recorder that will
also convert your TV.
Your TV aerial
Most rooftop aerials and some set-top aerials will be fine after
switchover. If you decide to get a service like Freeview, BT Vision
or Top Up TV you can check your aerial by visiting the aerial test
on Teletext page 284. If you decide to get your digital TV service
from Sky TV, Virgin Media, Freesat from Sky or freesat on all the
TV sets in your home, you won't need an aerial.
What to consider with a satellite service
- If you choose a digital satellite service and live in a listed
building or conservation area, you may need planning
- Will the switchover affect my radio?
- Your radio equipment will not be affected by switchover.
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