Digital Switchover: two weeks to go
Two weeks from today the Digital TV switchover in the Whitehaven Television area (which includes most but by no means all of Copeland) will begin.
On 17th October the BBC2 analogue signal from the Bigrigg transmitter, and the sub transmitters derived from it, will be switched off and replaced by a digital signal. On 14th November the other channels will follow.
The transmitters at Parton and St Bees are rebroadcasting the signal from the Caldbeck transmitter which does not go digital until next year. Viewers who take their signal from any of these (including some residents of Whitehaven, some of them in my ward, Bransty) will continue to receive analogue signals until Caldbeck switches over. Viewers in Millom and a substantial chunk of the south of Copeland will also switch over next year.
Once the signal switches, viewers will need a set-top box or a new digital-compatible TV to see terrestial channels.
I will be posting regular digital updates on this site until shortly after 14th November.