Newcastle transmitter to receive digital from October
Newcastle Alliance Councillor Patrick Clarke is encouraging people who are presently receiving television analogue reception from the television transmitter at Drinahilly Mountain in Newcastle to get ready for the digital switchover. At present over 4,400 homes presently receive television analogue reception from the Newcastle transmitter which is due to be stitched off on the 10th and 24th October.
Speaking to Newry Times, Clarke stated: “Earlier this week I met with Digital UK and the Switchover Scheme to find out how local constituents receiving television analogue reception from the television transmitter at Drinahilly Mountain in Newcastle can get ready for Northern Ireland’s digital switchover on 10th and 24th October. On Wednesday 10th October at around midnight, the analogue BBC 2 service will be switched off at the Newcastle relay transmitter.”
He continued, “Sometime during the day the BBC digital channels (including BBC1, BBC2, BBC3, BBC4, BBC News, CBBC etc) will begin broadcasting from the Newcastle transmitter for the first time. Viewers who have Freeview TVs or boxes should then be able to tune-in their equipment to receive the BBC digital channels. On Wednesday 24th October at around midnight, the remaining analogue channels will be switched off at the Newcastle relay transmitter.”
“Sometime during the day additional digital channels will begin broadcasting from the Newcastle transmitter for the first time, including UTV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and ITV2. Viewers who have Freeview TVs or boxes should then be able to re-tune their equipment to receive around 15 digital channels. Denis Wolinski, Regional Manager of Digital UK, advised me that viewers will be able to receive digital services from the Newcastle transmitter in October this year. In July/August Digital UK will be sending every household in Northern Ireland a detailed guide to switchover which will explain what local residents will need to do in order to receive Freeview channels when they become available.”
“I would encourage people to be ready and to remember that October 10th and 24th are important dates regarding the digital switchover,” he added.
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