Do you get your TV via an aerial and receive BBC Points West? Then your TV signal is most likely coming from the Mendip transmitter and the information here applies to you.
If you receive South Today, your aerial points towards the Oxford transmitter which will switch over in 2011.
Pictured right, digital switch advisors at the West Swindon Library, from left, Gerald Long, Cilla Franks, Jean Metcalfe, Charles North
Digital TV switchover means:
• If you are still watching analogue TV from an aerial and you have not taken steps to switch to digital, you will lose all your TV channels;
• If you have Freeview, Top Up TV or BT Vision, you’ll need to re-tune your equipment again or you will lose TV channels at switchover;
• You will not be affected by switchover if you have satellite (eg from Sky or Freesat) or cable TV (eg from Virgin Media) on all your TV sets.
The West TV region switches in two stages:
Stage one: 24 March 2010. The analogue BBC 2 signal is switched off and Freeview extends to reach all areas for the first time.
Stage two: 7 April 2010. The rest of the analogue channels are switched off and the remaining Freeview channels become available in all areas for the first time.
If you haven’t taken steps to install a digital freeview box, there is a last chance to get personal advice at West Swindon Library on 7 and 8 April. See the poster below.
You almost certainly won’t have to buy a new TV.
• Almost any TV can be converted with a digital box, even black and white ones. Most digital boxes connect to a TV using a SCART cable. If your TV doesn’t have a SCART socket, you will need to ask for a digital box which connects via the aerial socket.
• Thinking of getting a new TV or TV recorder? Look for one with the digital tick logo as shown on the opposite page. This means it’s designed to work during and after the switchover.
Need help with the switch?
The excellent Switchover Help Scheme is run by the BBC, in agreement with government. For £40 (free to those on certain benefits), it gives full and practical help to eligible older and disabled people to make the switch to digital TV on any one TV set.
The Switchover Help Scheme will help everyone who is aged 75 or over, or has lived in a care home for six months or more, or gets (or could get) certain disability benefits, or is registered blind/partially sighted.
The Help Scheme has written to all eligible people, and to take up the offer everyone who has received a mailing needs to reply. To see if you are eligible or if it is free to you or for just more information, visitor call 0800 40 85 907.
Visit West Swindon’s free Advice Point drop-in surgeries. See the advert opposite for times and dates
More information is available at www.digitaluk.co.uk or call 08456 50 50 50.
Digital UK is the not-for-profit organisation responsible for leading the UK digital switchover.
On behalf of Digital UK, Age Concern Wiltshire (which is 60 years old this year) is responsible for spreading switchover information and giving support to the vulnerable and elderly across the Wiltshire and Swindon areas of our West TV region.