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TV in the UK is going digital, are you ready?


People in the UK love their TV. Latest research from Ofcom reveals we tuned in for an average of three hours and 48 minutes a day last year, and watching television is the activity adults would miss the most. Offering more channels and more choice, digital TV has enhanced our viewing pleasure, with 92 per cent of homes now having a digital service on at least one set. Some 37 per cent of homes also have a digital video recorder.


Digital switchover will extend Freeview coverage across the UK. Analogue TV signals are being turned off, region by region, allowing millions of homes to receive digital TV free through an aerial for the first time.


To continue watching television via an aerial after switchover, you will need to convert your existing TV with a digital box, available from around £20, or replace it with an integrated digital set. If you’re watching only satellite or cable services, however, these are not af- fected by switchover.


If you do decide to buy new TV equipment, look for the ‘digital tick’ logo. This shows products and services designed to work through switchover.


You can find out when your area switches and the digital TV services available now and after switchover by using the online postcode checker at digitaluk.co.uk. For those who prefer the human touch, the Digital UK advice line on 08456 50 50 50 50* is there to advise.


Retuning


Switchover is a two-stage process. At stage one, BBC Two will cease broadcasting in analogue and BBC digital channels will become available for the first time to viewers watching local ‘relay’ transmit- ters. At stage two, the remaining analogue channels will be permanently switched off and


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