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Western England prepares for digital TV switchover

Wednesday, March 10th 2010 by Cable.co.uk

Homeowners in western parts of England have been reminded to prepare for the digital TV switchover.

Residents in regions including Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire have been urged to prepare for the upcoming digital TV switchover.

Work to switch off analogue signals is set to begin in the area on March 24th, with further engineering projects to take place on April 7th.

However, research from Digital UK has suggested that not many people may need help with the switchover in the regions, as nine out of ten homes served by the Mendip transmitter group are already believed to have gone digital.

People will Freeview and BT Vision set-top boxes will have to retune their equipment during the changes to ensure they receive the full benefits.

Digital UK confirmed earlier today (March 10th) that all analogue TV channels in west and central Wales have now been switched off, meaning over 26,000 viewers across the areas are now adapting to an all-digital service.

Analogue BBC1, ITV1 and Five were turned off permanently at the Blaenplywf transmitter group at midnight.

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