Get ready for the Digital Switchover with an external digital receiver
A digital (Freeview) receiver or "set top box" plugs into your existing TV using a SCART or aerial connector to give you access to the new digital TV channels (subject to coverage).
PVRs (or Personal Video Recorders) ALSO include a Freeview receiver, and can record programmes to hard drive to keep. With a PVR you can also pause and rewind live TV, or record your favourite programme to watch later. Some models include twin tuners too, so you can record one programme whilst watching another at the same time.
You may also want to consider upgrading your aerial to get a good digital TV signal by investing in an aerial booster - see below for details.
The cheapest way to convert your existing TV, a set-top box is the ideal choice for getting digital TV on your non-digital telly without breaking the bank. Straight-forward and simple to use, the set-top box is especially ideal if you're considering a new TV in the near future... keep costs low in the interim!
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Choose a PVR (Personal Video Recorder) and enjoy all the benefits of being able to pause and rewind live TV, plus set up recordings for your favourite shows or series. Choose a PVR with in-built Freeview and you can convert an existing TV to receive the digital signal.
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A DVD recorder with in-built Freeview is a great way to convert your existing TV so it's ready to receive the new digital signal. Plus you'll also enjoy all the benefits of being able to watch DVDs and record to DVD media for safekeeping.
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|In weak signal areas, you may need an aerial booster to receive all the new digital TV channels (subject to coverage), even if the picture you get at the moment looks okay. |
This might apply if your 2nd TV is in the bedroom or kitchen and not connected to your main aerial, but uses a "set top" aerial instead.
|If your main TV is already set up to receive digital TV, you can "send" the signal to other TV sets in the house (like your bedroom or kitchen) by using a video sender. |
This is a great way to "share" your subscription services throughout the house without having to purchase additional Freeview boxes for each TV. However, viewers of TVs in other rooms will need to watch the same channel and programme that's showing on the main TV
When will my area switch to the digital signal?
Depending on how many "transmitter groups" there are in a particular region, there may be more than one switchover date. Exact switchover dates haven't been confirmed yet for all regions, however some areas are due to switch very soon indeed (if they haven't done so already) as shown in pink on the map opposite. To find out the exact switchover date for your postcode, click here to visit the official Digital UK website now.
Click here to go to the main Digital Switchover page.