The digital TV switchover for the whole of the UK is nearing completion this year and Londoners are next to have the analogue signal switched off.
This will happen Wednesday 4th April 2012. Freeview users will need to retune their TVs or set-top boxes or they will lose BBC One, Two, Three and the BBC News Channel.
The switching off of the analogue signal isn’t just for London, but also parts of the Home Counties as well.
This is part one of two switchovers for the London and Home Counties area. The remaining analogue broadcasts of BBC One, ITV 1, Channel 4 and Channel 5 will be turned off later this month on April 18th. Freeview users will also have to retune again then.
Old TV’s without Freeview built-in are not made redundant by this. All they need is a digital set-top box added.
TVs which are unable to be converted by having a digital set-top box should be disposed of sensibly at a local recycling centre as they contain harmful chemicals and properties such as lead, mercury, phosphors and glass.