West Country TV Region

The West Country TV region started its digital switchover on 8 April 2009 and completed switchover on 9 September 2009. After switchover was completed everyone in the West Country TV region was able to receive digital TV via Freeview, or via other digital TV platforms such as Virgin Media, BT or Sky.

Switchover dates for West Country TV region

The digital switchover in the West Country TV region followed a switchover schedule published by Digital UK. The West Country TV region is divided by 5 transmitter groups, which meant not all West Country 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 Country TV region and as such it is recommended to check the DigitalUK website for any updates.

Area served
Beacon Hill
South Devon
22 April 2009
Caradon Hill
Cornwall and Devon, incl Plymouth
9 Sept 2009
Huntshaw Cross
North Devon
29 July 2009
Stockland Hill
SW Somerset, parts of W Dorset, SE Devon incl Exeter
20 May 2009
East Cornwall, Isles of Scilly
5 Aug 2009

Receiving Freeview Digital TV in West Country 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 look up the channels. It is an easy process for which more information is available at the FAQ section of this website.

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