Digital UK is counting down the last 100 days of analogue TV in the UK, as the Tyne Tees region prepares to complete the Digital Switchover.
Tyne Tees is last region of England to begin switchover which commences on Wednesday the 12th of September.
As with the London switchover, analogue BBC Two will be the first channel to power down in the first stage of a two-stage process. The second stage will see the remaining channels switched off as Freeview channels for BBC One, Two, Channel 4 etc will launch, along with free HD services.
The process is expected to be completed by the 26th of September, after which all viewers will need as digital TV service to continue watching television.
Digital Switchover for Tyne Tees begins Wednesday the 12th of September
Though Digital UK estimates that most people in the UK are prepared for the switchover John Askew, Digital UK’s Regional Manager for the North East, is urging those not ready to get in touch:
“Most people have already made the switch to digital but we know some people may leave it until the last minute, or need a little extra advice to overcome that final hurdle. We’re urging anyone still watching analogue television to make the change now and to contact the Help Scheme if they’re eligible for practical support.
The Switchover Help Scheme is available for those aged 75 and over; or who are eligible for certain disability benefits or registered blind or partially sighted or are living in care homes. Digital TV’s site has contact information for the Help Scheme.
The last region of the UK to switchover will be Northern Ireland. The transmitters here won’t begin the switchover ‘til the 10th of October.