Digital Switchover

What is digital switchover?
Digital switchover in the UK started in 2007 and will be completed in 2012.  During this time, the old analogue signal will be switched off and TV services will go completely digital, region by region.  To watch TV after switchover in your area, your TV equipment must be capable of receiving a digital signal.  To get a digital signal you need a digital box or a TV with a box built in.

Will I have to throw away my old TV?
No. Most TVs – even black and white ones – can be converted to digital by fitting a digital set top box.  Remember, if you have more than one TV in your home, they will all need to be converted with a set top box.

When is it happening?
The switchover will take place around the country in stages. Click here for switchover dates.

How will I know what to do?
Digital UK – the organisation in charge of overseeing the digital switchover in the UK – will launch a major campaign in your area, well in advance of switchover.

For more information, visit or call 08456 505050.

Help Scheme
If you are aged 75 or over, in receipt of certain benefits, or registered partially sighted, you are eligible for extra support through the Digital Switchover Help Scheme.

For more information on the Help Scheme visit

When digital switchover takes place in your area you will have to re-tune your TV equipment so it can find the new channels. Re-tuning is normal and a temporary loss of channels at this time does not mean your equipment is broken.

If there are two switchover dates for your area, you will need to re-tune after each date.

How to re-tune your digital TV
How to re-tune your Freeview box
How to re-tune you digital DVD recorder

Look for the digital ‘tick’ logo for equipment that will work before and after the digital switchover.