You can't have missed all the hype in the media about the big digital switchover, but what does it mean to you. Firstly lets have a look at what will happen over the next few years. The old Analogue transmitters are gradually going to be switched off between 2008 and 2012. This will be done on a Region by Region basis as follows:
2009 Granada, HTV Wales and West Country.
2010 Grampian, HTV West and Scottish Television.
2011 Anglia, Central and Yorkshire.
2012 Carlton/LWT (London), Meridian, Tyne Tees and Ulster
Once your Region has been switched off, you will need either a Digital TV, a Digital Set Top Box or Digital Satellite to receive television signals.
About Digital TV
If you are unfamiliar with Digital TV, here is a quick guide to the benefits:
- More Channels; A lot of free channels as well as some that you can pay for.
- Electronic Programme Guide; Summary and Detailed programme guides let you know what's on.
- Improved Picture Quality; Digital signals don't suffer from "ghosting" unlike analogue.
- Interactive TV; Some channels offer interactive features accessed by your remote control.
- True Widescreen; Some programme are broadcast in 'true widescreen' so you get the best picture format.
What do you need? The answer is quite straightforward. Firstly a method of receiving Digital TV. Check out eBay's listings for Digital TV's and Freeview Set Top boxes. It's also worth remembering, that when choosing a new Video Recorder, to make sure it has a digital tuner.