Stage two of the Tyne Tees switchover will be taking place on Wednesday 26 September. At around midnight all analogue television channels will be switched off permanently. Digital television services will be restored throughout Thursday, 27 September.
If you have Freeview, BT Vision or Top up TV service you will need to re-tune your digital TV or box. People receiving their TV through Sky, Virgin Media, Freesat will not need to do anything. If you haven’t converted yet you will lose all your TV channels
Most aerials are suitable for switchover. If you have satellite or cable on all your TV sets you will not need an aerial.
For re-tuning instructions please follow this link http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/how_do_i_switch/connections__and__retuning/retuning_instructions
Video and DVD recorders that are not digital will still continue to record after switchover, however you will not be able to watch one channel and record another at the same time. You can convert your existing equipment with a digital box.
Face to face advice on 26, and 27 September:
Berwick advice point (27 September only)
Youth Hostel, Dewar’s Lane Granary, Berwick-upon-Tweed
Hexham advice point (26 September only)
Hexham Library, Queen’s Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham
Morpeth advice point (26 September; 11.30 to 5pm 13 and 27 September)
Town Hall, Market place Morpeth
The Switchover Help Scheme mobile unit will be visiting
Ashington (outside Clinton Cards)
Station Road, Ashington
Wednesday, 26 September from 10am.
The switchover help scheme is available for anyone who is people. The scheme can provide easy to use digital equipment or help and advice with retuning:
- 75 years or over,
- could get Disability living allowance, attendance allowance of mobility supplement, or
- who are registered blind or partially sighted
If you know someone who is elderly or disabled and would like help please contact the Switchover help scheme on 0800 40 85 900.
Help is also available from www.digitaluk.co.uk