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Countdown begins to digital TV

13 January 2010

The date for the switchover to digital television in the Channel Islands has been announced today (13 January 2010), setting out the timetable for the biggest change to broadcasting for a generation.

Switchover will see the four current analogue TV channels switched off permanently on Wednesday, 17 November 2010, allowing 50,000 households served by the Fremont Point transmitter group to receive around 15 Freeview digital channels for the first time.

Digital UK and the Switchover Help Scheme are preparing to launch a public information campaign to ensure viewers are ready for the change. The campaign, due to kick off in March, will include roadshows, advertising and an information leaflet sent to every home. The Help Scheme will write to eligible older and disabled people offering support in making the switch, including equipment, installation if needed and aftercare.

Digital UK’s South West Regional Manager, Bill Taylor, said: “Today’s announcement paves the way for the biggest change in broadcasting in the Channel Islands since the introduction of colour.

“We are preparing for the end of the analogue TV era and the dawn of a fully digital age, in which everyone can enjoy extra choice and easier recording. Digital UK and the Switchover Help Scheme will ensure that people know about this important change and that advice and practical support is available for those who need it.”

Viewers can check their options for getting digital TV by using the Digital UK postcode checker or by ringing the advice line on 08456 50 50 50.

Digital UK website

Get set for switchover with Digital UK’s Top Tips:

1. Visit Digital UK or ring the advice line on 08456 50 50 50 for more information about digital switchover.

2. Remember the Switchover Help Scheme will offer equipment and practical support to older and disabled viewers. The Help Scheme will write to eligible viewers in the run-up to switchover. Call 0800 408 7654 or visit the switchover help scheme website for more details.
3. Don’t throw out your old TV - almost all analogue sets can be converted with a digital box.

4. Check out the different ways of getting digital TV, including subscription-free options. Digital UK’s postcode checker provides details of digital services available in your area.

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