Switchover to Digital will be in two stages

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TV VIEWERS across Eastbourne and Hailsham will today (May 30) begin the switchover to digital.

The switchover will take 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 was due to start in the early hours of this morning with the analogue signal for BBC Two being permanently switched off.

Some Freeview digital channels, including BBC Two, become available for the first time to viewers served by relay transmitters.

Stage two starts in the early hours of Wednesday, June 13, when 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