Digital TV Switchover 2011

The Yorkshire TV region is switching to Digital in the summer of 2011 and Rural Action Yorkshire is working with groups across the region to help find people who may not have heard about the Switchover.

If you have a neighbour, friend or relation who has an analogue TV – that is they only receive the 4 or 5 channels (BBC1, BBC2, ITV, C4 and C5) – please tell them they need to get a Digital receiver or they will completely lose reception after Switchover.

There is help available to anyone who is

Aged 75 or over or
Lives in a care home or
Gets certain disability allowances or
Is registered blind or partially sighted

If you know anyone who falls into one of those groups call free on 0800 40 85 900 or go to Helpscheme.co.uk 

The Yorkshire TV region’s switch to digital is well underway. The Emley Moor transmitter and its 50 relays(known as a transmitter group) switch to digital in two stages this month. Starting on Weds 7 September the BBC2 analogue signal will be switched off.
This means that:
·         If you haven’t switched, you’ll lose BBC Two
·         The time of day you switch will depend on which relay transmitter you are watching
·         If you have Freeview, BT Vision or Top Up TV you’ll need to re-tune your equipment
 
At stage two on Weds 21 September 2011 all the remaining analogue channels will switch to digital and the remaining digital channels will become available.
This means that:
·         If you haven’t switched to digital, you will lose your TV service
·         The time of day you switch will depend on which relay transmitter you are watching
·         If you have Freeview, BT Vision or Top Up TV you’ll need to re-tune your equipment again
 
Some areas in the county overlap with other transmitter groups and are served by the Tyne Tees TV region and they will not switch until 2012. The Richmondshire district and the Whitby areas will not switch until next year. Your signal may be affected by transmitters that have already switched during August. To see when you switch, or what other transmitter signals cover where you live, use the postcode checker on the Digital UK website at www.digitaluk.co.uk  (enter your postcode and house name/number, then select “check other transmitters at this address” link to view other options).
 
The Community Outreach Programme can provide free information and resources. They will be running free Advice Points on switchover days (and the day after) so drop-in if you need some help:
 
Advice Points (Community Outreach Programme)
Weds 7th and Thurs 8th, Weds 21st and Thurs 22nd September 2011
10am to 4pm
Malton (with Ryedale Voluntary Action):The Milton Rooms, Market Place, Malton YO17 7LX
Selby (with Selby District AVS):Selby Library, 52 Micklegate, Selby YO8 4EQ
Harrogate (with Harrogate CVS):Harrogate Library, Victoria Avenue, Harrogate HG1 1EG
Skipton (with Craven CVS):The Devonshire, 22 Newmarket Street, Skipton BD23 2HR
(Directions are available from www.nyyforum.org.uk/)
 
Digital UK will also be holding a Roadshow in York from 9am to 5pm.
7 & 8 September 2011: Outside Boots Opticians, Parliament St, YO1 8RS
21 & 22 September: Outside Millies Cookies, King Square, Town Centre, LS1 6BG.
 
Since March 2011 the Community Outreach Programme team and local delivery partners have been to over 150 events and activities, and supported more than 3000 vulnerable people on a one-to-one basis in our core target groups to get ready for the switchover.
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 On 27thSeptember the analogue signal received by householders in North Yorkshire was switched off and the digital signal to these properties has been switched on.  This has meant that for people in North Yorkshire watching television through an analogue aerial, that their screen simply went black.  To try and prevent this from happening Rural Action Yorkshire have been working with Digital UK to raise awareness throughout North Yorkshire of the switchover. 
 
The Digital Switchover is happening!
 
Help is at hand to switch to digital TV
 
Have you heard about theSwitchover Help Scheme?
 
The traditional TV signal will be switched off in the Yorkshire region and replaced with a digital signal during August and September 2011.
 
The Help Scheme can arrange for an approved installer to supply and install everything you need to switch one TV to digital.
 
Individuals qualify for the Help Scheme if they: