THE countdown is on for the digital switchover in the North-west.

Three million homes in the region will be able to get digital channels through their TV aerials in just 12 months’ time.

A Digital UK roadshow is running across the region until the end of November and visited Bolton town centre today to explain the switchover and the options available.

Analogue signals will be turned off at the Winter Hill transmitter group for the Granada TV area on November 4, next year. BBC Two will also stop broadcasting in analogue and the first group of freeview digital channels will become available.

Four weeks later, on December 2, 2009, the remaining analogue channels will be permanently switched off and replaced with additional digital services.

Some 48 freeview channels will then be available via an aerial to a majority of households in the region, some households will receive 20 channels.