digital-alThe final stage of digital TV switchover in the Scottish Borders was completed yesterday, extending digital terrestrial television (Freeview) coverage to all households served by the Selkirk transmitter group.
Engineers finished converting all eleven relay transmitters, serving areas such as Peebles, Eyemouth and Hawick, to digital at 4.30pm. Freeview, BT Vision and Top Up TV equipment will need to be retuned in order to receive all the channels available.
Prior to switchover, only about half of households—those receiving their signal from the Selkirk main transmitter—were able to get Freeview services. Those relying on local relay transmitters could only watch analogue channels (BBC One and Two, ITV1 and Channel 4) via an aerial.

Switching off the analogue signal makes it possible to double the level of Freeview coverage to reach 98% of households.
Viewers receiving their signal from relay transmitters will see the number of channels available free via an aerial increase from four to around 20.
Digital TVs or analogue sets converted with a digital box will be able to receive BBC One, BBC Two, ITV1, Channel 4 and Five, plus additional digital channels such as BBC Three, BBC Four, BBC News, ITV2, ITV3, E4, More 4 and digital text services.

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