Advice group offers digital TV switch helpOver-75s can get funding and advice

10 September 2008

Man with a TV remote control.

An advice group has launched a TV ad campaign offering to help older people to cope with the analogue TV signal switch-off.

The Digital TV Switchover Help Scheme is targeting elderly and disabled people.

Digital TV switchover is occurring region by region across the UK between November this year and 2012 (although one area, Whitehaven in Cumbria, has already switched). 

Digital TV

After your region has switched, you will be able to watch television only if you have digital TV such as Freeview, Sky or Virgin Media cable TV.

Under the TV switchover scheme, you're eligible for practical and financial help to convert one TV set to digital TV if you are aged 75 or over, registered blind or partially sighted, or if you get (or could get) one of several disability benefits.

The scheme to convert a TV to digital is free for eligible people who are on Pension Credit, Income Support or income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance. 

Set-top box

Everyone else who is eligible must pay £40. This fee includes a set-top box and installation of any other necessary TV equipment, and someone to call on to answer queries afterwards.

Everyone who is eligible will be sent the Digital TV Switchover Help Scheme letter and application pack in the run-up to the TV switchover in their region. 

The help scheme is already up and running in the Borders region, which is due to start digital TV switchover on 6 November.