The 2010 Digital Switchover

If you recieve BBC Points West via your analogue television, then the digital switchover for you is now only 6 days away.

You will need to install either Freeview or a satellite service in order to continue watching TV. Available satellite services include Freesat (which is basically Freeview through a satellite) and Sky (for which you pay a monthly subscription).

Contrary to what the manufacturers say, you can use the same dish to recieve one (or even both) – so if you’re thinking of switching from one to the other, you just need to get the right box and the right cabling.

There are two key dates you need to remember:

  • Wednesday 24 March 2010 (next Wednesday): The analogue signal for BBC2 will be switched off. From this date you will be able to receive the BBC digital services if you have installed the correct equipment.
  • Wednesday 7 April 2010 (2 weeks later – after Easter): All of the analogue signals will be switched off forever. You will then be able to receive the full range of digital channels and other providers if you have installed the correct equipment. If you do nothing beyond this date, you will not be able to watch television as you do now.

Need help? BBC Gloucestershire are sending their BBC Bus out and about. There will be experts on hand to answer your questions, from Digital UK and the BBC Help Scheme.

  • Wednesday 24/03/10 – Tesco’s car park in Stroud
  • Friday 26/03/10 – Market Place in Cirencester
  • Monday 29/03/10 – Town Hall in Lydney

In addition, BBC Radio Gloucestershire will be broadcasting live from Cirencester on Friday afternoon (between 1430 and 1700) as David Smith goes out on the road.

Fred Hart

Stock Controller and Radio Presenter/Producer

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