Digital switchover regions
The UK digital switchover was scheduled by TV region and started November 6 2008 and was completed on 24 October 2012. An overview of the TV regions can be found below; you can either select your TV region on the map or one of the links below:
- Anglia – TV aerial reception
- Border – TV aerial reception
- Central – TV aerial reception
- Granada – TV aerial reception
- London – TV aerial reception
- Meridian – TV aerial reception
- STV North – TV aerial reception
- STV Central – TV aerial reception
- Tyne Tees – TV aerial reception
- Ulster (Ireland) – TV aerial reception
- Wales – TV aerial reception
- West Country – TV aerial reception
- West – TV aerial reception
- Yorkshire – TV aerial reception
London TV Region
The London TV region started its digital switchover on 4 April 2012 and completed switchover on 18 April 2012. After switchover was completed everyone in the London TV region was able to receive digital TV via Freeview, or via other digital TV platforms such as Virgin Media, BT or Sky. This region is one of the last to move from analogue to digital reception and was closely managed ahead of the London Olympics in July 2012.
The digital switchover took place from the Crystal Palace TV transmitter in south London. The Crystal Palace transmitter provides Freeview reception to Greater London, Surrey, south Buckinghamshire, south Hertfordshire, north west Kent, east Berkshire and south west Essex.
Switchover date for London TV region
The digital switchover in the London TV region followed a switchover schedule published by Digital UK. The London TV region has one transmitter group, which meant all London households were switched over to a digital TV signal at the same time. Even while digital switchover has now been completed, there may still be upgrades or maintenance activities for the London TV region and as such it is recommended to check the DigitalUK website for any updates.
Greater London and Home Counties
18 April 2012
Receiving Freeview Digital TV in London TV Region
To be able to receive Freeview on your television you require an aerial (antenna) and a television with a built in digital tuner or you can get a set-top-box that you can connect via HDMI to your HDTV or via SCART for an older (CRT) television. To compare packages of other digital TV providers such Virgin Media, Sky and BT, check the compare section of this website [coming soon].
For the reception of any kind of digital terrestrial television you will need an aerial. The type of aerial may vary based on your location and that of the transmitter. In some instances an indoor aerial is already enough; in more rural areas you may require an external aerial. A “digital aerial” or “analogue aerial” doesn’t exist – there may be small differences between each aerial that makes one aerial better than another but there is no such thing as a digital aerial.
As result of upgrades or for instance channel line-up changes, you may be required to re-tune your digital TV receiver. This re-tune allows the digital receiver to search / locate the channels. It is an easy process for which more information is available at the FAQ section of this website.