The Channel Islands have gone digital.
Shortly after midnight on Tuesday, analogue BBC One, BBC Two, Channel Television and Channel 4 were turned off permanently at the Fremont Point transmitter, allowing Freeview digital channels to be broadcast across the islands for the first time.
Terrestrial tv services are expected to be restored to most homes this morning, and in other areas (served by smaller relay transmitters) by late afternoon. Islanders switching to Freeview need to tune in their digital tvs and boxes once signals are available in their area (follow guide below).
The switch has meant virtually all households across the islands will be able to receive Freeview digital channels for the first time and will see their choice of terrestrial channels increase from four to around 15.
Bill Taylor, Digital UK's Regional Manager in the Channel Islands, said: "This is an historic day for TV in the Channel Islands as we say goodbye to the old analogue system forever. Viewers have responded extremely well and many are enjoying the benefits of digital TV for the first time."
The channels that Islanders will be able to receive are:
|Standard TV Channels
||BBC 1, BBC 2, Channel Television, Channel 4, Channel 5, BBC 3, BBC 4,
Channel 4+1, More4, 4, CBBC, Cbeebies, BBC News, BBC Parliament,
Rabbit, Gay Rabbit.
|High Definition Channels
||BBC 1 HD, BBC HD, Channel 4 HD.
||BBC Radios 1, 2, 3, 4, FiveLive, 5SX, 6Music, 7, Asian Network.
||BBC Red Button Services.
Viewers across the Channel Islands should have a digital signal for their TV or Freeview box by mid-afternoon on Wednesday.
The planned times are:
|Le Touillets in Guernsey:
|St Peter Port:
Digital UK, which has co-ordinated the switch are today running advice points and a roadshow to provide face-to-face support for viewers who need it. The switchover roadshow is running today and tomorrow at the following locations between 9am and 5pm:
Jersey - West's Centre, Bath Street, St Helier
Guernsey - outside Market Square, Market Street, St Peter Port
Advice for viewers is also available from Digital UK via the advice line 08456 50 50 50 and at digitaluk.co.uk
How to tune and retune Freeview equipment
- Switch on your digital box or digital television.
- Press 'menu' on the remote control.
- Select 'set up' or 'installation' option.
- Select 'first time installation' option. (sometimes called 'factory reset', 'full retune' or default settings').
- Press "OK" if your equipment asks if you want to delete all your channels - don't worry this is normal.
- Channels will be automatically installed. This may take a few minutes; your equipment may shut down and restart.
These instructions are a guide only - each product works slightly differently. For more information visit digitaluk.co.uk or by call 08456 50 50 50.
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Above: Daphne Minihane from Age Concern talks about Digital Switchover help for senior citizens.
Digital TV Switchover Advice points across the Channel Islands:
At the following venues Wednesday 17th until Friday 19th - 10am - 4pm.
St Pauls Centre, Dumaresq Street, St.Helier, JE2 3RL
Hotel Ambassadeur, La Grande Rue de la Cote, St.Clement, JE2 6SB
Communicare Centre, Le Clos de Carrel, La Route des Quennevais, St.Brelade, JE3 8LJ
At the followng venues Wedenesday 17th 10am - 4pm and Thursday 18th and Friday 19th - 1pm until 7pm.
Beau Sejour Leisure Centre, Amherst, St Peter Port GY1 2DL
La Trelade Hotel, Forest Road, St Martin's GY4 6UB
The Peninsula Hotel, le Dicqs, Vale GY6 8JP