26 October 2010

On the 30 March 2011 television signals in the Anglia TV region will begin switching from analogue to digital.

Northamptonshire County Council has joined forces with the Switchover Help Scheme to help prepare people for the digital switchover.

The majority will find it easy to switch but for those who are aged over 75 and eligible individuals with a disability, practical help from the Switchover Help Scheme is being offered to convert their television over.

A drop in Mobile Help Scheme Bus will be at Northampton’s Market Square on the 17th and 18th November, providing information and advice on the Digital Switchover in general and the Switchover Help Scheme for those that are eligible.

Councillor Andre Gonzalez de Savage, County Council Cabinet Member for customers and communities said “As the digital switchover approaches it is important that people know what they need to do to successfully guide them through this change.

“For further reassurance, the Switchover Help Scheme has been created to simplify the transition and prepare residents for the change. A greater number of channels can be accessed through digital television and purchasing a new television set is not necessary.”

Sarah Barrett, Switchover Help Scheme Regional Manager for Anglia said: “Working in this way with Northamptonshire County Council means we can reach as many people as possible in the area, to let them know about the help that is available as the switchover approaches.

“Many viewers find it simple to switch, but for those who need a little extra help, there is additional support from the Switchover Help Scheme and Digital UK.”

“Many people will find it simple to switch and lots of people already have. But for those who need a little extra help, there is additional support from the Switchover Help Scheme and Digital UK.”

For more information about the Switchover Help Scheme, please visit www.helpscheme.co.uk. To find out more about digital switchover, visit www.digitaluk.co.uk

Additional information:

Switchover Help Scheme
The Switchover Help Scheme is run by the BBC through an agreement with the Government to help older and disabled people make the change to digital. In the run-up to switchover in each region, every eligible person will be offered practical help to convert one of their TV sets to digital. People are eligible if they are aged 75 years or more, or if they are registered blind or partially sighted. Also eligible are people who get (or could get) attendance or constant attendance allowance, mobility supplement, or disability living allowance and those who have lived in a care home for six months or more.

Most people will be asked to contribute £40 towards the help. The service is free for people who are eligible and also get pension credit, income support or income-based jobseekers allowance. More information is available through visiting www.helpscheme.co.uk

Digital television switchover is the process of converting the UK’s terrestrial television system to digital. Between now and 2012, analogue channels will be switched off region by region and replaced with free-to-air digital TV and radio services (Freeview). Switchover will extend Freeview coverage to the whole of the UK and free up airwaves for new services such as ultra-fast wireless broadband and mobile television.

Digital UK
Digital UK is the independent, not-for-profit organisation established in 2005 to implement digital switchover. It is jointly owned and funded by the public-service broadcasters (BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five, S4C and Teletext), and the digital multiplex operators.

Eaga, a leading provider of residential energy efficiency and outsourcing services, has been selected by the BBC as the Help Scheme service provider to deliver the help available under the scheme from the ITV Border region onwards.