North Scotland TV Region (STV North)

The North Scotland TV region started its digital switchover on 5 May 2010 and completed switchover on 20 October 2010. After switchover was completed everyone in the North Scotland TV region was able to receive digital TV via Freeview, or via other digital TV platforms such as Virgin Media, BT or Sky.

The transmitter in the North Scotland TV region covers the area of Dundee, Aberdeen, Inverness, Sutherland and The Shetland Islands.

Switchover dates for North Scotland TV region (STV North)

The digital switchover in the North Scotland TV region followed a switchover schedule published by Digital UK. The North Scotland TV region is divided by 9 transmitter groups, which meant not all North Scotland households were switched over to a digital TV signal at the same time – the actual analogue switch off and reception of the digital TV signal was dependent upon the transmitter group that was nearest to you. Even while digital switchover has now been completed, there may still be upgrades or maintenance activities for the North Scotland TV region and as such it is recommended to check the DigitalUK website for any updates.

Area served
Angus Angus, Dundee, Perth, Fife 18 Aug 2010
Bressay The Shetland Islands 19 May 2010
Durris Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire 15 Sept 2010
Eitshal Lewis, Wester Ross, Sutherland 21 July 2010
Keelylang Hill The Orkney Islands 26 May 2010
Morayshire, Strathspey, Easter Ross
22 Sept 2010
Inverness and the Great Glen
20 Oct 2010
Rumster Forest
North Sutherland Caithness
16 Jun 2010
Skye, Harris, Uist, Benbecula, Barra
28 Jul 2010

Receiving Freeview Digital TV in STV North (Scotland)

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.

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