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Digital Switch: One in 10 London TVs not digital just days before analogue starts to to shut down

A million London homes have not got digital TV with less than a week to go before analogue channels start to be switched off.

BBC Two’s analogue TV signal will be switched off on April 4, with analogue BBC One, ITV1, Channel 4 and Channel 5 going off-air on April 18.

Freeview channels will be moved to new frequencies and boosted to 10 times their current power, starting with the BBC channels on April 4, and the other 20-plus Freeview channels on April 18.

Digital UK, which is in charge of Digital Switchover, is urging the one in 10 London homes still not switched to seek advice at, or to call 08456 50 50 50.

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Deborah Bain, London manager for Digital UK, said: “We know from elsewhere in the country that some people leave it very late to prepare for switchover. Almost any set can be converted to digital, even black and white ones, so now is the time to get ready.

“Most people will find the process straightforward, but some may need a bit of extra help, so we will provide advice and assistance throughout the switchover period.”

Most TVs in London can be switched to either Freeview through your aerial, Freesat or Sky through a satellite dish or cable TV from Virgin Media.

Freeview coverage will be boosted to reach more than 400,000 viewers who cannot receive it now, putting an end to digital blackspots across the region.

Freeview viewers may also need to re-tune their TVs or boxes on the two switchover days, although Freeview HD products and others bought since 2010 should re-tune automatically.

Digital UK is also offering face-to-face advice through local roadshows and advice points next week, with a full list of venues is at

Recombu Digital has a range of guides to different digital TV providers, replacing your TV aerial, re-tuning your Freeview box and Freeview vs Freesat. The UK Digital Switchover programme will reach its end in Northern Ireland in October.