Switchover Information for Swansea
We’re taking random areas of the UK to see what the options are like for TV after the digital tv switchover, both the channel availability for Freeview and the availability of Sky, Virgin Media and BT digital TV packages.
The Kilvey Hill Transmitter
The Kilvey Hill transmitter switched to digital in two stages on 12th August and 9th September 2009, making Swansea the first city in Wales to complete the switchover to digital TV. It’s estimated by Digital UK that 63% of households in the Wales TV region could receive digital TV through an aerial pre-switchover, and this is predicted to rise to 98% able to receive around 17 channels after switchover is complete and 73% able to receive more than that. The Kilvey Hill transmitter has 10 relays and covers around 120,000 households.
Our three random postcodes in Swansea are SA1 6EJ, SA6 7EP in Morriston and SA10 7HU in Neath, and when we tried these in the Digital UK postcode checker for methods of reception we found them very similar. For a one off payment you have Freeview, Freesat and Freesat from Sky and available subscription services are Top Up TV, BT Vision, Sky and Virgin Media except for Neath where Top Up TV is not available. The other difference between the Neath postcode and the other two is the amount of Freeview channels available – details below. These are the results we got using the BT, Virgin Media and Sky postcode checkers.
In the BT postcode checker the message was the same for all three of our test postcodes.
For all 3 postcodes we got;
“We’ve just wwwed your line and can confirm your line supports the UK’s most complete broadband package, BT Total Broadband. We estimate your maximum connection speed to be up to 5.5 Mbps (Megabits per second).
The actual speed you get could be lower and is dependent on several factors such as whether you have any internal home wiring, our network management policy and the number of people using the Internet at the same time. Speeds are generally lower in the evening at peak times.
What does this mean? BT broadband is available to you and will be fast enough to be able to use BT Vision – you need a broadband speed that averages at least 2Mbps to use BT Vision. It’s advisable to check your own postcode to get your particular line speed.
The general rule with cable services like Virgin is you are likely to be able to get it in built-up areas and less likely in rural areas, so with Virgin Media more than any other service we recommend checking your own postcode here – it can vary from street to street.
All 3 postcodes returned the same message -
“Because you’re in a fibre optic cable area, you can get all this.
- Up to 50Mb broadband
- Over 165 digital TV channels
- Great value home phone packages
So help yourself to fibre optic broadband, the very best digital TV, and phone services.”
What does this mean? All of the Virgin TV packages are available to these 3 postcodes.
We got the same result for all 3 postcodes from Sky too;
“Based on the postcode you have entered, there is a good indication that Sky Broadband Connect is available in your area. Fast download speeds of up to 8Mb and a massive monthly usage allowance of 40GB can be yours now with Sky Broadband Connect. Please note: broadband speeds vary with location and line quality. In order to join Sky Broadband you will need an active BT compatible phone line. Sky Broadband is exclusively available to Sky TV customers.”
What does this mean? It means all of the Sky satellite TV services are available to these postcodes.
Our three postcodes varied on Freeview results only in the amount of channels available – the SA1 and Morriston addresses can receive 47 channels at good reception but only 16 are available in Neath.
Here are the 47 channels;
Free Channels Available
- 4 Music
- Dave ja vu
- Virgin 1 *
- E4, E4+1
- Five USA
- Smile TV
- Ideal World
- Lottery Xtra
- BBC News
- BBC Parliament
- Sky News
- Sky Sports News
- Russia Today
Subscription Channels Available
- TopUp Anytime 1,2,3 & 4
The Neath postcode we checked has no Top Up TV and fewer free channels too. Here are the 16 channels available in Neath;
- BBC News
- BBC Parliament
Please note that our switchover pages refer to the switchover dates and channel information at the time of writing, which is generally pre-switchover, and for most areas circumstances will have since changed.
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Digital TV Packages
- Sky+ HD Starter
- Sky+ HD with Sky Movies
- Sky+ HD with Sky World
- Sky+ HD with Sky Sports
- Virgin TV L + Phone M
- Virgin Media TiVo Starter Bundle
- Premiere Collection
- Top Up TV Favourites
- Top Up TV Complete Sports Pack
- BT Vision Gold Pack
- TV Essential + Broadband and Anytime Calls
- TV Unlimited + Broadband + Anytime Calls
Sky TV Starter Deal
Only £21.50 a month
Sky+ TV, broadband and calls £21.50 a month. Free Sky+ Box and set-up, up to 2GB broadband usage and included evening and weekend calls.
Virgin Classic Collection
£18 a month
Over 55 TV channels with 5 in HD, TiVo, On Demand & Catch-Up, 30Mb Broadband plus Phone with unlimited weekend calls! £18 a month plus line rental.
BT Vision Starter Deal
£17 a month
£25 Sainsburys Gift Card > Free Vision+ Box > 16Mb Broadband – 10GB usage > Freeview, Catch-Up & Pay per View > Anytime calls > Online only offer
Top Up TV Favourites
£11.99 a month
Library of popular TV – over 700 shows to choose from each month including Life on Mars, Little Britain, Lost and many more. Box from £39.99 – £20 set-up.