The dates for the start of digital switchover in the Meridian TV region have been announced by Digital UK.
The Hannington transmitter serving parts of Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey will be the first to switch on 8 February 2012 (completing on 22 February), followed by the Midhurst transmitter, serving most of West Sussex on 29 February 2012 (completing on 14 March).
Both the Rowridge (serving Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, parts of Dorset and West Sussex) and Whitehawk Hill (serving Brighton) transmitters will begin switchover on the 7 March and complete on 21 March 2012.
Switchover will see the five analogue TV channels permanently switched off and the Freeview service boosted to reach virtually all 2.48 million households in the Meridian region. Thousands of homes in previous digital blackspots such as Newbury, Henley, Haslemere, Salisbury, Poole, Dorchester, Winchester and Brighton will be able to receive Freeview channels for the first time.
The switchover dates for the eastern half of the Meridian TV region, including much of Kent and East Sussex, will be announced in the summer.
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