THE DIGITAL TV revolution has started in the Hastings area with thousands of viewers in blackspots receiving new channels and improved picture quality.
Switchover began in the early hours of Wednesday when analogue BBC Two was permanently turned off at the Hastings transmitter at Horntye.
The signal strength was immediately increased and new channels available to watch for the first time.
The process will be completed on 13 June, when the remaining analogue channels will be switched off.
Channel 5 and further Freeview channels from ITV and Channel 4 will then be available from local transmitters for the first time.
The switchover is aimed at providing a better future for television in the UK.
Digital television gives viewers more choice of TV channels with greater clarity. The picture will be clearer, the sound is sharper and the viewer will also have access to a variety of interactive services just by pressing the red button on their remote control.
With Freeview, users can also listen to numerous digital radio stations from across the country through their television.
The Switchover Help Scheme is still welcoming applications from eligible older and disabled people to get help to convert one television, including a choice of equipment, installation and aftercare.
For those who have already signed up, the Help Scheme call centre is available to help with any problems and can be contacted on 0800 40 85 900.
Tony Gray, assistant regional manager for Digital UK, said: “This is great news for viewers in the Hastings area, as many people are receiving new channels for the first time.
“Those viewers who haven’t switched to digital should prepare for June 13, when the last analogue channels will be permanently switched off. Our advice is: get ready now – don’t leave it until the last minute.”
For more information about how to switch digital TV visit digitaluk.co.uk/meridianevents or call 08456 50 50 50.