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Frequently Asked Questions.
Switchover to Digital Terrestrial television
What’s changing beacause of the Digital Switchover.
The whole of the UK will switch to Digital terrestrial Television by 2012
Analogue Television signals will cease transmitting by 2012
Transmission of Digital signals has already started
The power of digital transmission will increase at switchover, increasing performance
Why change from analogue to digital television?
Better picture quality
Better sound quality
Wider choice of channels, including radio
Possibility of additional services in the future e.g. High Definition Television
More efficient use of the broadcast spectrum
It’s fairer, as nearly everyone will be able to receive the digital service
When is the Digital Switchover happening?
From now until 2012. Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham, Barnsley and Worksop will have their analogue transmissions switched off in 2011.
Planning for the switchover began way back in 2001 with the founding of The Digital Television Project
Who is involved in the planning and organisation of the Digital Switchover?
Department for Culture Media and Sport
The Department for Business Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR)
Who are "Digital UK"?
Digital UK, is the independent, non-profit organisation leading
the process of digital television switchover. Digital UK provides
impartial information on what people need to do to prepare for the move
to digital, and when they need to do it."
What do I need?
Either a Freeview box or digital Set Top Box
An aerial capable of receiving a consistent digital signal
Freeview, will allow you to receive over eighty Television and Radio channels. For full list click here
Freeview boxes and Set Top Boxes are the same thing
It’s a digital television receiver in its own box that sits on or near your television
What’s an iDTV?
iDTV stands for integrated Digital Television, or a TV with the Freeview receiver built in
Freesat is a free satellite service provided by Freesat (UK) Ltd
Includes channels from the BBC, ITV Channel4 and many more Full list here
What’s Freesat from SKY?
Freesat is a limited, Satellite broadcast, non subscription service from Sky.
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