Get ready for the digital switchover

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THE digital switchover is coming to our area in May, so for those not already watching digital television, now is the time to prepare.

In order to continue receiving TV channels following the switchover date, you will need to ensure that you have the correct equipment.

It is possible to convert TV sets to digital by buying a digital box, or by signing up to a subscription service such as Sky or Virgin Media. New TV sets will come with digital already installed.

Most people with a good aerial will not need a new aerial for the digital switchover.

If you have Sky or Freesat on all of your TV sets you will not be affected at all. However, if you do not have digital TV in your home or you have a service such as Freeview, BT Vision or Top Up TV, there are two dates to note.

On May 30 BBC Two will go to digital and some new digital channels will become available. This means those who have not switched will lose BBC Two, and those with Freeview, BT Vision or Top Up TV will need to re-tune their equipment. Then on June 13, all the remaining analogue channels will switch to digital and the remaining digital channels will become available. This means that those who have not switched over will lose their television service, and those with Freeview, BT Vision or Top Up TV will need to re-tune their equipment once again.

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.