Belfast Telegraph

Eight days to go until digital TV switchover

By Claire McNeilly

Northern Ireland consumers with analogue televisions have eight days to get ready for the digital TV switchover, starting on October 10.

Digital UK, the independent body in charge of the process, is currently launching the final stage of its information campaign.

Large warning messages will be broadcast on analogue channels, reminding viewers to get ready for switchover, which marks the completion of a five-year programme.

The switchover will take place in two stages and will see Freeview coverage boosted to reach thousands of viewers who get their signal from local relay transmitters.

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 starts in the early hours of Wednesday October 10.

Analogue BBC Two will be permanently switched off and 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, October 24.

The remaining analogue channels (BBC One, UTV, 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.

Viewers can check their switchover date and options at

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