Wales TV Region

The Wales TV region started its digital switchover on 12 August 2009 and completed switchover on 31 March 2010. After switchover was completed everyone in the Wales 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 Wales TV region covers the area of Cardiff, Newport, Snowdon, Swansea, Merthyr, Cwmbran, Wrexham, Neath, Bridgend, Llanelli and Port Talbot.

Switchover dates for Wales TV region

The digital switchover in the Wales TV region followed a switchover schedule published by Digital UK. The Wales TV region is divided by 8 transmitter groups, which meant not all Wales 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 Wales TV region and as such it is recommended to check the DigitalUK website for any updates.

Transmitter
Area served
Completed
Blaenplwyf West and Central Wales 10 March 2010
Carmel South and Central Wales 23 Sept 2009
Kilvey Hill Swansea area 9 Sept 2009
Llanddona North West Wales 18 Nov 2009
Long Mountain
East and Central Wales
3 Dec 2009
Moel y Parc
North East Wales
25 Nov 2009
Preseli
South West Wales
16 Sept 2009
Wenvoe
Newport, Cardiff, South East Wales
31 March 2010

Receiving Freeview Digital TV in Wales 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].

Aerial

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.

Re-tune

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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