West TV Region

The West TV region started its digital switchover on 24 March 2010 and completed switchover on 7 April 2010. After switchover was completed everyone in the West 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 West TV region covers the area of Bristol, Dorset, Gloucester, Bath, Cheltenham, Taunton, Townbridge Dorset and Somerset and Dorset (Mendip).

Switchover dates for West TV region

The digital switchover in the West TV region followed a switchover schedule published by Digital UK. The West TV region is divided by 1 transmitter group, which meant not all West 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 West TV region and as such it is recommended to check the DigitalUK website for any updates.

Area served
Bristol, Somerset and Dorset
7 April 2010
Wiltshire and Gloucestershire
7 April 2010

Receiving Freeview Digital TV in West 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.

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