If you were once used to seeing that most famous of ITV logos, the G-with-arrow device on your button three, you will be taking part in the biggest digital switch-over so far, starting Wednesday 4th November 2009.
If you live in Manchester or the North West of England, you will receive your television signals from the Winter Hilltransmitter, or one of its relays.
Cable and satellite
Cable and satellite viewers are not effected by the changes. Remember, however, that you may be using analogue TV to watch on a second or third set.
If you live close to the transmitter, you may have to disconnect any "boosters" from your aerial system. The new, more powerful digital signals may overload any amplifiers and result in no reception! When looking for them include a check for Distribution Amplifiers, Loft box's, set back amplifiers, Bypass Amps, hidden masthead amps in a loft space and any dodgy active splitters. (Jordy)
Homes without Freeview
If you had no Freeview service at all, you will have from tomorrow lunchtime. This will be a single multiplex of the BBC channels (radio, television and text).
If you can't get this limited Freeview service, then you may need a new aerial.
Once you can receive the BBC Freeview channels, the rest will follow when analogue closes in four weeks time.
Freeview HD will start on December 2nd. You will need a DVB-T2 receiver, which will probably not be on the market before the new year.
Just a few important points...
At around midnight analogue BBC Two will stop broadcasting permanently at the Winter Hill transmitter and its 70 relays. The remaining analogue services, BBC One, ITV and Channel 4, will continue to be available but are subject to breaks in service.
During the morning, some Freeview services will be available for the first time BBC Two digital, as well as BBC One, BBC Three (from 7pm), BBC Four (from 7pm), CBBC Channel (until 7pm), CBeebies (until 7pm), BBC News, BBC Parliament and BBC Red Button services.
Services at the NORDEN relay transmitter are expected to be restored by early evening.
IMPORTANT:- Viewers of the MELLING relay transmitter will find analogue BBC One will be on button 2 on the remote control in between the two stages of switchover. Viewers of the Burbage and RAMSBOTTOM relay transmitter will find analogue Channel 4 will be on button 2 on the remote control between the two stages of switchover.
Those on the South Down coast of Northern Ireland who have aerials pointing out to sea and take their analogue signals from Winter Hill are going to wake up tomorrow and find out they have no television...