Posted by: braddenvillage | October 26, 2010

South Northants Switching To Digital In March 2011

Digital Switch Over

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

Why is it happening?

The digital TV switchover is Government policy. It will mean that almost everyone will be able to receive digital TV through an aerial (Freeview).

Digital TV also uses less broadcast space which means that after switchover, there will be more room for new services such as wireless broadband, local TV and High Definition Television (HDTV).

To keep your TV service, you will need to convert your TVs to digital before your area’s switchover date.

Anglia Region

The Sandy Heath transmitter – our local transmitter – and its 3 relays (known as a transmitter group) switch to digital in two stages. If you have Sky TV, Freesat from Sky or freesat on all of your TV sets you will not be affected by switchover.

However, if you haven’t yet got digital TV in your home or you have a service like Freeview, BT Vision or Top Up TV, there are two dates you will need to remember and you need to be ready before the first switchover date.

BBC Two will go to digital 30.3.2011 and some new digital channels become available. This means that:

  • If you haven’t switched, you’ll lose BBC Two
  • If you have Freeview, BT Vision or Top Up TV you’ll need to re-tune your equipment

All the remaining analogue channels will switch to digital 13.4.2011 and the remaining digital channels will become available. This means that:

  • If you haven’t switched to digital, you will lose your TV service
  • If you have Freeview, BT Vision or Top Up TV you’ll need to re-tune your equipment again

To discover more, including how to switch, click here to go to the Digital UK website

Am I affected by the Sandy Heath transmitter group switchover?

You are affected if you receive your TV signal through your aerial from the Sandy Heath transmitter group

If you receive your TV signal through an aerial and are watching the Sandy Heath transmitter Group you will be affected on 30 March 2011. It is possible that your aerial may be pointing towards a different transmitter group that will switch at another time.

The digital TV switchover affects any TV not connected to a satellite service. The easiest way to check if a TV is affected is to look for the messages that will appear at the top of your TV screen several times a day.

You won’t see these messages if you already watching digital TV (e.g Sky TV, Freview or another) or if your aerial is pointing at another transmitter that will switch at a different time.

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Switchover Help Scheme:

The Switchover Help Scheme can help you make the switch to digital TV.

We can help you convert your TV to digital if you:

  • are aged 75 or over; or
  • get or could get Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance,
    Constant Attendance Allowance or mobility supplement; or
  • have lived in a care home for six months or more; or
  • are registered blind or partially sighted.

Click here to go to the Switchover Helpscheme website to see if you are eligible for help.

The Help Scheme explained

We have been set up to help people to switch one of their TV sets to digital. If you are eligible for our help, we’ll explain digital TV to you clearly and simply. We can install what you need in your home. And we’ll make sure you’re happy with how it all works.

Our standard offer includes:

  • easy-to-use digital equipment;
  • home delivery and installation if you wish;
  • an aerial check and replacement if needed, where we can;
  • a helpline and retuning advice;
  • a 12 month digital TV aftercare service.

Over seven million people in the UK will be eligible to receive help. If you are eligible for the Help Scheme, we’ll be in touch in plenty of time to ask if you want our help.

Will I have to pay?

We will ask you to pay £40 towards:

  • easy-to-use digital equipment;
  • home delivery and installation if you wish;
  • an aerial check and replacement if needed, where we can;
  • a helpline and retuning advice;
  • a 12month digital TV aftercare service.

If you are eligible and you also get pension credit, income-related employment and support allowance (ESA(IR)), income support or income-based jobseeker’s allowance, the help will be free.


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