Switchover starts in Hampshire, West Sussex coast plus Brighton and Hove
Published on 5th March 2012 at 18:47 by on Brian Butterworth UK Free TV
This week sees the first stage of the
digital television switchover for 721,393 homes in Hampshire and West Sussex plus the 118,500 homes in the city of Brighton and Hove.
From 6am Wednesday 7th March 2012, you must perform a "first time installation" retune (sometimes "Factory Reset" or "Shipping Condition") on your Freeview box or television set if you use the Rowridge, Salisbury or Whitehawk Hill full service Freeview transmitter.
This is because the old low power " multiplex 1" BBC service will be replaced by the high power BBCA multiplex on the old analogue BBC TWO frequency:
On Wednesday 7th March 2012 if you use the
you will be able to receive the BBC
(with the exception of
) for the first time, and you will no longer be able to view
Remember, this is the last two weeks viewers in
and Hove will be part of the BBC "South Today"
, as the
will now move to the BBC "South East Today" region (as they are already on
) - see
Brighton transmitters will be in BBC South East from March 2012
You MAY find that old equipment will no longer work - see
TVs and boxes that do not support the 8k-mode
Another common problem at
is the increase in
will overload amplifiers and over-the-top
installations. If this is the case you will have to remove the
from the system, or perhaps fit an attenuator if you have no amplification. - see
Freeview signals: too much of a good thing is bad for you
Wednesday 21th March 2012
will see the second stage of
, which provides the final Freeview configuration, including
On this date, you will need, once again, to do a "first time installation" as indicated above.
If you are over 75, you should already have been supplied new equipment by the
Switchover Help Scheme