Digital Switchover - one week to go!
One week from today the Analogue BBC2 signal will be switched off for most television viewers in Copeland and replaced with a digital signal. If you do not have a set-top box or a digital TV, you will not be able to watch BBC2. On November 14th the other channels will follow.
And after 14th November, if you want to be able to watch one channel and record another you will need a Video or DVD/HDD recorder with the relevant Digital kit inside.
Most residents of South Copeland get their signal from other transmitters and will not be affected until next year: there are also viewers who get their signal from the Bleach Green transmitter at Parton (including some residents of my ward in Bransty) and others who get their signal from the St Bees transmitter. Their signal will also not be affected until next year.
If you are in any doubt about whether you are affected, turn on BBC2. Viewers in the affected area will regularly see a text message appear at the top of the screen. One version begins by warning viewers
"On 17th October you will lose this channel" unless you have a digital Television or a set top box.
Another message begins "Tune your digital box on on October 17th to receive BBC2."
Both advise "Phone Digital UK for advice on 0845 234 0388 if you need help."