Are you ready for digital TV switchover on April 4th?

Digital switchover

It seems to have been a long time coming, but if you live in London, are you ready for the final phase of digital TV switchover on April 4th? That's today folks!

Most regions in the UK have already made the switch, with London going all-digital from tomorrow.

That's the day the analogue BBC Two signal will be switched off in the capital. All the remaining analogue channels will be switched off for good on April 18th. To mark the occasion there'll be a spectacular lightshow at Crystal Palace.

So if you've still got an old analogue telly hanging about in the kitchen or bedroom, it's time to upgrade or buy a Freeview/Freesat set-top box.

You can check out our reviews of Freeview set-top boxes or Freesat models here on If you subscribe to Sky or Virgin TV, then of course you won't have to worry.

But remember, if you already have a Freeview TV or set-top box, you may still need to re-tune it.

The final regions to make the switch to digital TV will be Tyne Tees on September 12th, and Northern Ireland on October 10th.

Full details are on the Digital UK website.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.