by awitherick on 21 January, 2011
Whilst it’s not reached us yet, the gradual switchover to Digital has hit North of us in Harpenden. Locally the Crystal Palace and Hemel Hempstead transmitters in the London TV region will not have to deal with digital switchover until 2012.
The existing analogue television signal is being switched off gradually across the UK and being replaced with a new stronger digital television signal. The Government hopes that digital switchover will free up broadcasting space for new services such as wireless broadband, local television and high definition television.
Residents can check when they will be affected on the website for Digital UK, the organisation leading switchover in the UK at http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/home or by calling the helpline number 08456 505050.
A Switchover Help Scheme has also been set up to provide every eligible person practical help and support to convert one television set to digital in the run up to switchover. People will be eligible if they are:
aged 75 years of over;
get or could get disability benefits;
have lived in a care home for six months or more; or
are registered blind or partially sighted.
The Switchover Help Scheme has sent information packs to eligible residents in North Hertfordshire. It is important that these packs are not thrown away as recipients will need to respond by phone or post to get the assistance on offer.
Anyone who is not sure if they are eligible for help, can call the Switchover Help Scheme for free on 0800 408 5900 or send an e-mail to [email protected]
More information about the Switchover Help Scheme is available at: http://www.helpscheme.co.uk/en/home