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Digital TV switchover dates

Updated: Monday 2 August, 2010

By Becca Talbot -

When your home switches to digital will depend on where you live in the UK. The switchover is happening TV region by TV region, beginning in 2008 and ending in 2012.

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The UK digital TV switchover began in 2008 with the Scottish Borders and Cumbria regions. Since then, analogue signals around the country are gradually being switched off and replaced with a digital signal, carrying many more channels, instead.

This is a process that a number of other countries are also going through since the digital signal is better and more economical that the old system that has been running for the last 80 years.

The analogue signal will be switched off according to ITV region - the whole of the UK wonít be switching at the same time. The switchover will end in 2012 with the Meridian, London, Tyne Tees, Ulster regions.

You can find out which area youíre in by seeing which ITV news service you receive. Once you know, check the list below to see when your area is due to switch:

  • Border - 2008/09
  • Granada - 2009
  • West Country - 2009
  • Wales - 2009/10
  • Scottish TV North - 2010
  • West - 2010
  • Scottish TV Central - 2010/11
  • Anglia - 2011
  • Central - 2011
  • Yorkshire - 2011
  • London - 2012
  • Meridian - 2012
  • Tyne Tees - 2012
  • Ulster - 2012

Itís important to note that these switchover dates only correspond to the standard definition digital TV rollout - high-definition (HD) TV will be rolled out separately, with some areas already able to receive four HD channels from Freeview.

Use our HD coverage postcode checker to see whether you can already receive Freeview HD - and if not, when it will become available.

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Surely someone should clarify that you don't need to get rid of your old TV just because of the switch over to digital TV, your old analogue TV won't able to pick up a TV signal on it's own but given that a lot of people use old TV's to watch cable or satellite now, the old TV will just become a monitor which many are now,so no need for extra expense, but so many articles fail to mention this and there are a lot of people out there who don't understand and will possibly throw out perfectly good TV's? - Aug 17 2011 1:40AM
Pete, London

When can I get Digital Terrestial freeview? - Nov 25 2010 10:06AM
David Feakes, Lenham, UK

When the digital switch over happens, what will happen to car radio's etc? - Apr 11 2009 9:07PM
Ivor Knight, Preston Lancs PR2 3ZP

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