Next for Digital TV Switchover: STV North
The Digital TV rollout is still underway, and if you live in the STV North TV region - you're up next!
If you're not entirely sure what exactly the switchover is all about, why we're having it or what you need to do to prepare, you've come to the right
Why are we switching to digital, and what are the benefits?
In short, digital is a much more efficient way of delivering your programming. As it uses less broadcasting space, there is more scope for additional
channels (such as local broadcast stations), High Definition (HD) TV, wireless broadband and other such goodies.
In terms of your TV itself, you'll get a much wider choice of channels, on-screen TV listings and interactive features. Plus there's a greater degree of
accessibility for the visually and hearing impaired, with better audio description and subtitles.
What do I need to do?
You need to make your TV digital ready in order for it to work properly after the switchover. This is not as daunting as it may appear, and there are
plenty of tips in our article on preparing yourself for digital TV. And you may find it's as simple as buying a Freeview box to attach to your set; or you
may even be ready without realising it!
Top Tip: There's a help scheme available which will provide equipment and assistance to anyone aged 75 and over, those registered blind or partially
sighted, or the severely disabled. Plus, if you're on Pension Credit, Income Support or income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (or - moreover - if a
friend, relative or neighbour that you think might need assistance is) then the Help Scheme is FREE. Find out more about the Switchover Help
What are the important dates?
The switchover happens in a couple of different stages, so there will be two dates to remember - depending on your region. On the first date, BBC Two
will switch from analogue to digital, so you'll no longer be able to get it on old TVs. In addition, in some regions a selection of digital-only stations will