North Devon tunes in to digital

UP to 66,000 homes in North Devon are expected to be welcoming in the age of digital television today (Wednesday). Huntshaw Cross at Torrington – including its 14 rely stations - is the next West Country transmitter to switch from analogue to digital, fol

UP to 66,000 homes in North Devon are expected to be welcoming in the age of digital television today (Wednesday).

Huntshaw Cross at Torrington - including its 14 rely stations - is the next West Country transmitter to switch from analogue to digital, following similar switchovers at Beacon Hill and Stockland Hill in East Devon in recent months.

As part of a two-stage switchover process, anyone who watches television through an aerial will need to install and re-tune digital equipment - including Freeview, BT Vision or Top Up TV - today and again on July 29 . They will have to do the same again on September 30 when the service launches at full power.

Digital UK South West regional manager, Bill Taylor, said: "The key message is that anyone who watches television through an aerial rather than a satellite dish needs to re-tune their equipment today and on July 29.

"People need to set up their equipment as if they were installing it for the first time so that they are able to receive the new high-powered digital signal; those with satellite television will not need to do anything.

"People living in certain areas on the north coast who currently receive their signal from Wales might not be able to receive a digital signal until those transmitter groups change in August this year, and in March 2010," he added.

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People in North Devon needing help with the switchover process can visit a number of outreach advice points around the region today and tomorrow. More help and advice can be found at www.digitaluk.co.uk or by telephoning the helpline on 08456 505050.

Ilfracombe - The Candar, Fore Street, 11am-4pm

Torrington - Torrington Volunteer Centre, Cornmarket Street, 11am-4pm

Barnstaple - Barnstaple Library, Tuly Street, 11am-4pm

Barnstaple - Barnstaple High Street, 9am-5pm

South Molton - The Amory Centre, East Street, 11am-2pm (Thursday only)

Bideford - Bideford Arts Centre, The Quay, 11am-4pm

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