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Information about the digital switchover

After a long and successful mainstay at the heart of British television, analogue transmissions are slowly being fazed out as part of the digital switchover which sees an increase in basic freeview channels and viewing quality. This change is exciting, but leaves many people wondering exactly what the digital switchover will mean for them.

Why the change?

Throughout 2011 and 2012, regions up and down the country will see their analogue television signal replaced by a digital signal, known as the digital switchover. This will see an improvement in viewing quality as well as an increase in basic channels. Other benefits include a new on-screen television guide and access to subscription services and channels. The change will also allow more room for new services such as wireless broadband and High Definition TV.

As with all such upgrades, there have been plenty of hiccups along the way, with people complaining that digital transmissions are not strong enough to provide a good enough signal in their area, however as more and more analogue transmissions are switched off, digital signals are becoming stronger and more effective. In the UK there are currently more than 1,100 TV transmitters, all of which contribute to the quality of television signals around the country.

Be Prepared

If you don't make the necessary arrangements before the analogue signal is switched off in your area, you will be unable to watch any channels on your television. There are four main ways you can prepare for the approaching digital swichover.

First, make sure you can receive a digital signal. This can be achieved through an external digital aerial, a digital set-top box or by owning a television capable of receiving digital signals.

You can also ensure your television service remains by using premium packages such as Sky, Virgin Media or Freesat. You can even use broadband services such as BT Vision and TalkTalk TV.

However you choose to approach the issue, by the end of 2012 the old analogue signal will be completely switched off, so make sure you are prepared! For further information, or for dates on when the switchover is happening in your region, visit digitaluk.co.uk/home.

Change for the better

Remember, even if all the changes feel convoluted and unnecessary, the improved service provided by the digital switchover will be of great benefit in the long run. If you prepare in advance, you won't have to worry about a thing when the change comes, so don't delay, plan for digital transmissions today!

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