by awitherick on 9 May, 2011
Digital UK have announced that television viewers across our area will be switched to digital-only television on 4 and 18 April 2012. Analogue signals will be turned off and Freeview coverage boosted to reach virtually all homes, including over 244,000 households served by local relay transmitters who will be able to receive digital TV free via an aerial for the first time.
SPECIAL ASSISTANCE FOR OLDER AND DISABLED VIEWERS
The Switchover Help Scheme, run by the BBC, helps older and disabled people make the change to digital TV. For £40 (or free for those on certain income-related benefits) every eligible person will be offered practical help to convert one of their TV sets to digital including equipment, installation and aftercare. People are eligible if: they are aged 75 years and over; or they have lived in a care home for six months or more; or they are registered blind or partially sighted or get (or could get) certain disability benefits.
The Help Scheme will launch this summer and will write directly to everyone who is eligible in the London TV region – people must respond to get help.
DIGITAL UK IS HERE TO HELP
Digital UK is the independent, not-for-profit organisation leading the switch to digital television and works closely with local and regional government, charities and voluntary organisations to spread the word about switchover. We advise viewers when switchover will happen in their area and what they need to do to get ready.
Viewers can visit our website to find out their options for going digital and useful information about switchover. There are also dedicated sections for property managers and those working in local government.