Digital switchover reaches final stage for Eastbourne

TV VIEWERS across Eastbourne and Hailsham will today (Wednesday) see the last stage in the switchover to digital television.

In the early hours of this morning all analogue channels were due to be switched off permanently.

The switchover has taken place in two stages and will see Freeview coverage boosted to reach reception blackspots such as parts of Eastbourne, Newhaven and Hailsham.

At both stages, new and existing viewers with Freeview, BT Vision and Top Up TV will need to retune their TVs or digital boxes to pick up all the services available.

Stage one saw the analogue signal for BBC Two being permanently switched off and viewers and managed to receive some Freeview digital channels, including BBC Two, become available for the first time to viewers served by relay transmitters.

This morning the remaining analogue channels (BBC One, ITV1, Channel 4 and Channel 5) will be permanently switched off.

These services and a range of other Freeview TV, radio and text services become available to viewers served by relay transmitters.

Tony Gray, Digital UK assistant regional manager, said, “Most viewers are ready for switchover and many are looking forward to getting digital TV for the first time.

“While the process will be straightforward for most people, inevitably some viewers may need a bit of extra help so we are working with the Switchover Help Scheme and local charities to offer support for those who need it throughout the switchover period.”

Viewers can check their switchover date and options for getting digital TV by using the Digital UK postcode checker at digitaluk.co.uk or by ringing 08456 50 50 50. A list of advice points running through switchover is available at digitaluk.co.uk/meridianadvicepoints.