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replaced with additional digital services. Viewers switching to digital TV with Freeview, BT Vision or Top Up TV viewers need to retune their equipment at both stages of switchover. Advice on retuning is available via the Digital UK advice line and at digitaluk.co.uk/retuning.


Will I need a new aerial?


Individual existing rooftop aerials should be fine for receiving digital TV services after switchover. As a general rule, if you have good analogue reception now, the existing rooftop aerial will be fine after switchover. However, some set-top aerials may need to be replaced.


If you live in a flat or you use the same aerial as another household, your TV signal probably comes through a communal aerial system. The person who manages your property needs to take action before the switchover, so speak to your landlord or property manager. Most new systems being installed are dual feed Integrated Reception Systems (IRS) giving residents access to both free to air and satellite services.


The Switchover Help Scheme


People aged 75 and over, eligible for certain disability benefits, registered blind or partially sighted or living in care homes are entitled to practical help from the BBC-run Switchover Help Scheme.


For £40, they will be given equipment to switch one TV per household to digital. They will be able to have that equipment installed if they want it, a demonstration of how it works and a number to call while they get used to things. If they’re eligible and also on income-related benefits, the help will be free. Everyone eligible will be contacted directly before switchover. More information is available on 0800 40 85 900 and at helpscheme.co.uk.


Digital UK is the independent, not for profit, public service information organisation leading the digital TV switchover. Our role is to make sure that everyone gets the information, advice and support they need to make sure they are ready.


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