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London Digital Switchover begins with BBC Two shutting down on Wednesday

Digital Swtichover London 4th of April 2012BBC Two will be the first of the analogue channels to shut down tomorrow, as the Digital Switchover process finally begins in London. From tomorrow onwards, the only way you’ll be able to watch BBC Two in London is through a digital TV service such as Freeview, Freesat, Sky or Virgin Media.

Speaking of which, Freeview viewers will need to retune tomorrow as the Switchover process will see BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC News temporarily disappearing; check out our guide on how to re-tune your Freeview box.

The Digital Switchover, the process by which the old analogue broadcast signal is turned off region by region, has taken place across the UK since 2008.

From tomorrow, analogue BBC Two will disappear in London and parts of Berkshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, and Surrey.

The analogue BBC One, ITV1, Channel 4 and Channel 5 channels will be turned off on Wednesday the 18 April – two weeks tomorrow.

Digital Switchover: How to re-tune your Freeview box

The Digital Switchover allows for the airwaves to host more channels and better digital TV services. Yesterday, Freeview released details of Freeview HD, the next-generation of subscription-free digital TV that will bring features including remote recording from the web, more channels and higher broadcast quality.

Digital UK previously estimated that one in ten homes in London aren’t ready for the Digital Switchover.

Recombu Digital has a range of guides on getting set up for the Digital Switchover; where to get digital TV, how to replace your TV aerial and the difference between Freeview and Freesat