Small ads

Digital Switchover

From John Siddique

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Just thought people using the site might be interested in this. We emailed Digital UK today to ask why we get fewer channels than people on the main transmitter now that the switchover had taken place..

Their reply is below..

Seems we're not worth it in Hebden (Again) and that we should pay the full licence fee for less (Again).



Dear Mr. Siddique,

Thank you for your email dated 21 September regarding TV reception.

Our postcode checker advises me that you are likely to receive your TV signal from the Hebden Bridge relay transmitter in the Yorkshire TV region.

The number of services available after switchover depends on where you get your television signal from. After switchover one-in-ten households will get their television signal from local relay transmitters which will broadcast around 15 of the most watched free-to-air digital channels and text services.

Digital switchover has made Freeview available from all local relays for the first time. That means viewers who previously had only four or five channels now have around fifteen, including BBC One, BBC Two, ITV1, Channel 4 and Five.

Other channels such as ITV3, ITV4, Film4 and Channel One are channels provided by commercial broadcasters. Most relay transmitters do not broadcast most of the commercial services as they are not subject to the same coverage requirements as public service broadcasters. Even if the spectrum were available, the decision on whether to broadcast these channels from relay transmitters is the sole responsibility of the commercial broadcasters. Digital UK takes no part in this.

If you have any further enquiries regarding the digital switchover please visit our website at www.digitaluk.co.uk or call us on 08456 50 50 50.

Kind Regards,

Linda Steel

Digital UK

From Claire M

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

This is very annoying indeed. We love Film 4 in our house as well as BBC4 both of which we have lost, although we're still being beemed QVC!

So are we all to get satelite dishes?