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Get ready for the digital switch
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Digital Switchover does not need to be difficult

The countdown has begun to the end of the analogue television era in Lincolnshire.

On 3 August, the county will lose its analogue BBC2 signal, followed on 17 August by the remaining channels.

At the same time, the Freeview digital service will be boosted to reach virtually all households in the region.

Fourteen days later all analogue services will stop entirely. Viewers will have to retune on or after both dates.

This will give access to at least 15 new channels and in most cases more than 40, including the BBC and ITV channels, Channel 4 and Five.

In order to receive the new digital services, most people will need a Freeview or Freesat ready television.

Older TVs will need an external digital box from Freeview, or one of the satellite or cable boxes provided by Sky, Freesat, Virgin or BT Vision.

More information is available from Digital UK at

Or through an advice line on 08456 50 50 50.

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

For £40 they will get the equipment they need to switch one TV per household to digital, as well as its installation and advice on how to use the new service.

Those eligible should be contacted directly before the switchover, but more information is available on 0800 40 85 900 and online at

If you already have Freeview, then you will still have to retune on August the 3rd and 17th 2011.

But with Freeview services predicted to be available to 98.5 percent of UK households, people are being advised that they do not need to spend a fortune on new aerials or televisions in order to get the new digital service.


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