Digital Switchover



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Switchover in Kent

What exactly is digital switchover?

Switchover is when all television in the united kingdom changes to a digital signal. This is taking place between 2008 and 2012, one area at a time. (Note: digital switchover doesn't apply to radio.)

To successfully maintain your TV service, you will have to convert your Television to digital prior to the switchover happening in your region.

When will switchover take place in my region?

Digital UK, an independent organisation, is co-ordinating the switchover. You will get plenty of advance warning, and there will be lots of information and help available. The switchover will happen between now and 2012, one region at a time.

Planning for digital isn't complicated and doesn't have to be costly.

What do I need to do to be ready for switchover?

You need to ensure your TV can receive digital signals. If you can already watch more than five channels, it is most likely digital already. Otherwise, you will have to adapt it by connecting it to a digital set-top box, or change it. This is applicable to any or all TV sets in your home, and to any recorders (video or DVD) that you use to record from the TV.

You can wait to go digital until closer to the time if you would like, or you can get ready now.

Can I get assistance with the switchover?

The Government has announced a Help Scheme for some individuals who might have difficulty in going digital. This scheme is currently being funded through the BBC license fee. If you're eligible you will receive equipment, help with installation and follow-up support, either free or for a subsidised fee. The Help Scheme is available to people who are aged 75 or over, or registered blind or partially sighted, or entitled to selected social security benefits. To learn more, please visit Switchover Help Scheme

Why is the switchover happening?

Digital is now the best technology for broadcasting Television. To ensure everybody in the United kingdom can receive it, the signal needs to be available for free everywhere, preferably via a regular aerial. At the moment, close to 74% of households are in areas where this is possible. Digital signals for the rest of the country are only able to be switched on once the current analogue ones are switched off. Following switchover just about everyone (at least 98.5%) should be able to receive digital TV with an aerial

In the Meridian area the digital switchover is due to happen in 2012 and this will include HD or high definition channels to Blue Bell Hill and Dover transmitters in Kent