TV switchover signals dawn of digital

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REMAINING analogue TV channels were switched off across much of West Sussex today (Wednesday March 14), signalling the dawn of an all-digital era for around 100,000 households.

Analogue BBC One, ITV1, Channel 4 and Channel 5 were turned off permanently last night at the Midhurst transmitter group, enabling extra channels to be broadcast from local relay transmitters at Haslemere and Steyning.

The changes also affect existing Freeview viewers who may find some of their channels missing this morning. The services have moved to new frequencies and can be restored by retuning Freeview TVs and boxes.

Viewers in some areas may also find their digital TVs or boxes load more than one regional service. Advice on prioritising the preferred regional service is available from Digital UK.

Digital UK, which has co-ordinated the switch, and the Switchover Help Scheme are today running advice points and a roadshow to provide support for viewers who need it. The Help Scheme is still open to applications from older and disabled viewers who may qualify for help including a choice of equipment, installation and aftercare.

Bill Taylor, Digital UK’s Regional Manager, said: “Today marks the completion of digital switchover for much of West Sussex. I’m pleased to say viewers have responded extremely well and many are enjoying the benefits of digital TV for the first time.

“As with any change on this scale, some people may need a bit of extra help so we and the Switchover Help Scheme are on hand to give advice and assistance to those who may need it.”

Digital UK is providing support through local advice points, its website (digitaluk.co.uk) and an advice line (08456 50 50 50). Switchover roadshows and advice points are also running today and tomorrow in the following locations:

Outside War Memorial, Carfax, Town Centre, Horsham.

St Ann’s Hall, Midhurst Resource Centre, St Anns Hill, Midhurst.