In 2011 the traditional TV signal will be switched off in the Yorkshire region and replaced with a digital TV signal.
Many people will already have the equipment they need to receive digital TV, but if you are not sure if you have the correct equipment or don’t know how to get ready for digital TV there is help available.
An explanation of what you need to do to make the switch to digital TV can be found here http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/.
There is also a dedicated help scheme for older and disabled people which is run by the BBC and can help with converting one of their televisions to digital in the run-up to digital TV switchover in their region.
You are eligible for help if you are:
· aged 75 or over,
· have lived in a care home for six months or more,
· get or could get, disability living allowance,
· attendance or constant attendance allowance, or mobility supplement,
· Or if you are registered blind or partially sighted.
Most people will be asked to contribute £40 towards the help but the service is free for people who are eligible and also get pension credit, income support, income-based jobseekers allowance or employment and support allowance.
In the run-up to switchover, every eligible person will receive a Switchover Help Scheme information pack explaining the options for switching to digital.
In the meantime, if you want more information for yourself or someone you know, please log onto www.helpscheme.co.uk