Digital Switch Over
Digital TV switchover is the biggest change in television since the introduction of colour. In October 2012 analogue television will be switched off across Northern Ireland. If you don’t have digital TV by the time of switchover, you will lose your TV channels.
If you are still watching analogue TV (five channels or fewer) on any of your sets, you need to convert them to digital. Virtually any existing TV can be converted using a Freeview box, a digital satellite service or digital cable.
Almost everyone will be able to watch Freeview after switchover – even homes currently out of coverage. You can check the options for going digital in your area, and what channels will be available through an aerial, using the postcode checker at www.digitaluk.co.uk
For older and disabled viewers who may find making the switch difficult, the BBC-run Switchover Help Scheme is at hand to provide everything you need to switch one TV set to digital.
Most eligible people will be asked to pay £40 towards the standard option of help. For eligible people on income-related benefits, it’s free. This includes easy to use equipment, an approved installer to supply and install the equipment, and a 12 month aftercare service including a free helpline.
If you’re 75 and over or eligible disabled, the Help Scheme will write to you directly and in plenty of time to ask if you want help.
If you have any questions about switchover, you can call the Digital UK advice line on 08456 50 50 50 or visit www.digitaluk.co.uk
For further information on the Switchover Help Scheme visit helpscheme.co.uk or call free on 0800 40 87 654. Textphone users can call 0800 40 85 936.