North Devon has now completed the final stage of digital TV switchover, extending Freeview coverage to all households served by the Huntshaw Cross transmitter group.
All terrestrial TV signals were turned off shortly after midnight on 29 July. Analogue services will remain switched off permanently, allowing Freeview channels to be broadcast from 14 local relay transmitters serving areas such as Barnstaple, Braunton and Westwood Ho! for the first time.
Digital UK is advising residents with Freeview, BT Vision or Top Up TV equipment to retune their equipment.
Switching off the analogue signal makes it possible to extend the level of Freeview coverage to
reach 96% of households in the West Country TV region. Viewers receiving their signal from relay transmitters will see the number of TV channels available free via an aerial increase from four to around 20.
Bill Taylor, Digital UK's South West Regional Manager, said this morning: "I'm pleased to report that the technical transition went according to plan and, from today, many more viewers will be able to receive digital TV free via an aerial. People in north Devon have responded really well in adapting to the change and preparing in good time."
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