Get ready for the digital TV switchover

21st January 2011.' Digital switchover roadshow. Help and assistance for the TV switchover, especially for elderly and disabled reisdents needing support. Jon Trickett not there.'Pictured L/R: Switchover helpers: Colin Sowerbutts, Ted Hearne and Ian Webster.
21st January 2011.' Digital switchover roadshow. Help and assistance for the TV switchover, especially for elderly and disabled reisdents needing support. Jon Trickett not there.'Pictured L/R: Switchover helpers: Colin Sowerbutts, Ted Hearne and Ian Webster.

TV viewers in the Express area will soon need to think about preparing for the digital switchover, which takes place in September.

The switchover, which will move channels from an analogue to a digital network, means viewers will need the right equipment if they want to carry on watching their favourite shows.

And on Friday, the Digital Switchover Roadshow team rolled into Hemsworth to give advice and support to vulnerable residents on what they need to do next.

Viewers will have the option to get a television with a built-in digital service or a box to convert their old television.

Converting your TV involves paying a one-off fee for a Freeview, Freesat or Freesat from Sky box or subscribing to a monthly satellite service, such as Sky, or BT Vision.

After September, terrestrial television will no longer be broadcast - meaning viewers without the right equipment will be left without any reception.

Residents will need to convert every television they want to continue using.

Video and DVD recorders will still work but it is unlikely you will be able to record one channel while watching another.

Digital recorders, which include Sky + or Freeview +, will also convert your television and get around this problem.

Hemsworth MP Jon Trickett, who brought the roadshow team to Hemsworth, said: “I invited the digital roadshow to come into the area as I think it is important that everyone is aware of the switch to digital television.

“Many younger people already have digital television and are aware of the need to switch in September.

“I want to ensure the more vulnerable in our society know there is a switchover help scheme providing practical help to older and disabled people. If anyone would like further information contact my office on 01977 722290.”

People over 75, those with a significant disability, care home residents and people who are registered blind or partially sighted will be able to get help with switching.

For more information, visit www.digitaltelevision.gov.uk or call 0800 4085900.