Countdown to digital switchover

TV VIEWERS in the Hastings area have just two weeks to get ready for the digital switchover, which begins on May 30.

The switchover will take place in two stages and will see Freeview coverage boosted to reach reception blackspots such as parts of Hastings Old Town.

At both stages, new and existing viewers with Freeview, BT Vision and Top Up TV will need to retune their TVs or digital boxes to pick up all the services available.

Stage one starts in the early hours of Wednesday May 30, when analogue BBC Two will be permanently switched off.

Some Freeview digital channels, including BBC Two, become available for the first time to viewers served by the Hastings Old Town transmitter.

Stage two starts in the early hours of Wednesday June 13, when the remaining analogue channels (BBC One, ITV1, Channel 4 and Channel 5) will be permanently switched off.

These services and a range of other Freeview TV, radio and text services become available to viewers served by the relay transmitter.

For full details visit www.digitaluk.co.uk call 08456 50 50 50.

Additional help is available for older and disabled people, including provision of digital equipment, delivery and installation, and an aftercare service.

To check elgibility call 0800 40 85 900 or visit www.helpscheme.co.uk.