Help is at Hand to Switch to Digital TV

Posted on December 7, 2010 by


In 2011 the traditional TV signal will be switched off in the Yorkshire region and replaced with a digital TV signal. This is not a concern for most but some may find it harder to make the switch than others.

The Switchover Help Scheme has been set up by the Government and is run by the BBC. Its purpose is to make digital TV easy for older and disabled people by converting one of their televisions to digital in the run-up to digital TV switchover in their region.

 What does the Help Scheme do?

The Switchover Help Scheme aims to reach out to all eligible people, and ensure that those who need our help get it, so that no-one eligible need be left behind without access to television after switchover. 

People are eligible for help if they 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 they are registered blind or partially sighted.

What’s next?

In the run-up to switchover, every eligible person receives a Switchover Help Scheme information pack explaining the options for switching to digital. Most people will be asked to contribute £40 towards the help.  In the meantime, if you want more information for yourself or someone you know, please log onto To find out when you switch call Digital UK 08456 50 50 50.