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Your guide to switchover For all TV viewers Your guide to switchover For all TV viewers For independent advice visit digitaluk.co.uk/central or call * Can I get this in an alternative format?
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Your guide to switchover For all TV viewers Your guide to switchover For all TV viewers For independent advice visit digitaluk.co.uk/central or call * Can I get this in an alternative format? This booklet is available in large print, audio or Braille, just call * If you have a hearing or speech impediment, contact our textphone service on * Providing independent advice. Preparations for switchover may result in some interruptions to your TV and radio services. Visit digitaluk.co.uk/engineeringworks for more information. * Calls are free for BT customers within inclusive calling plans. Call charges from other providers may vary. The standard business hours for Digital UK s contact centre are 8am to 7pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm on a Saturday. Sunday closed. Opening hours will be extended during switchover in each area. Digital UK, PO Box 26833, Kirkcaldy KY2 9AG. CENB3M Central TV region Providing independent advice. What is the digital TV switchover? TV across the UK is going digital. The existing analogue TV signal will be switched off and replaced with a new, stronger digital TV signal. Why is switchover happening? Switchover is happening so that Freeview services (digital TV through an aerial) can be extended to people who can t currently get them, including those who receive their signal from a relay transmitter. Where can I get impartial advice? Contact us at Digital UK or visit our regional roadshow. We are the not-for-profit organisation responsible for leading the digital TV switchover. We are working with the BBC, ITV, Channel Four, Five and the leading national charities. What do I need to do next? If you have: Freeview, BT Vision, or Top Up TV Re-tune at each stage of switchover to avoid losing channels. See page 13 Sky TV, Freesat from Sky, freesat or Virgin Media If you have one of these services on all your TVs you won t need to do anything. See page 5 Five channels or fewer (i.e. analogue TV) Convert your TV to digital or you will lose channels. See page 11 Alternatively: Visit us at digitaluk.co.uk/central or call our UK advice line on * If you re 75 and over, or eligible disabled Call the Switchover Help Scheme, they can provide everything you need to keep watching your TV. See page 17 1 * Calls are free for BT customers within inclusive calling plans. Call charges from other providers may vary. The standard business hours for Digital UK s contact centre are 8am to 7pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm on a Saturday. Sunday closed. Opening hours will be extended during switchover in each area. Digital UK, PO Box 26833, Kirkcaldy KY2 9AG. Please note: make sure that every TV set in your house is converted. 2 Switchover snapshot When do I switch? When you switch depends on where your TV gets its signal from. This is because homes on the same street can be served by different transmitters that switch on different days. The Central TV region has nine transmitter groups, each made up of a main transmitter and its local relays. Each transmitter group switches in two stages to give people the chance to check their equipment. It is important you are ready by stage one. How do I check my date? The best way to check when you switch is to enter your address and postcode into the predictive postcode checker at digitaluk.co.uk/postcodechecker or call us on TRANSMITTER GROUP (including relay transmitters) AREA SERVING STAGE ONE STAGE TWO Nottingham The Nottingham area 30 March 13 April Lark Stoke The Stratford-upon-Avon area 6 April 20 April Bromsgrove The Bromsgrove area 6 April 20 April Ridge Hill Herefordshire, south Shropshire, parts of Gloucestershire 6 April 20 April The Wrekin North Shropshire and south Cheshire 6 April 20 April 3 Waltham Sutton Coldfield Fenton Oxford Much of the East Midlands Much of the West Midlands Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme Oxfordshire, parts of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire 17 August 7 September 7 September 14 September 31 August 21 September 21 September 28 September If you have a Freeview service you will need to re-tune on both switchover dates. For instructions, see page 14. If you live in the Central TV region, you re most likely to get your TV signal from one of the transmitter groups shown in black. However, you could get your TV signal from one of the transmitter groups shown in grey which are in a neighbouring TV region. Please note: homes served by the Oxford transmitter group are part of the Central TV region but receive a Meridian ITV news service. 4 When do I switch? What happens at switchover? Stage one The analogue BBC Two signal is switched off forever At the same time, BBC digital channels, including BBC Two, extend to reach all areas for the first time What channels are available after switchover? If you choose a Freeview service, the exact number of channels you receive will depend on which transmitter you get your TV signal from. Most homes will get more than 40 channels and some will receive around 15. If you are watching a main transmitter and are not getting more than 15 channels, see page 9 or visit digitaluk.co.uk/postcodechecker All homes will receive the following channels as standard: Stage two Two weeks after stage one, the remaining analogue channels are switched off forever The remaining digital channels become available in all areas What does this mean for me? If you have a Freeview, BT Vision or Top Up TV service, you will need to re-tune your digital TV or box at each switchover stage. Please see page 14 for how. If you have Sky TV, Virgin Media, freesat or Freesat from Sky, on all your TV sets, then you will be unaffected by switchover. If you haven t converted and still have analogue TV, you will lose BBC Two at stage one and all your remaining channels at stage two. If you choose a Freeview service and you are having problems, see page 15. If you d like a greater choice of channels, consider freesat or Freesat from Sky, or subscribe to a service like Sky TV, Virgin Media, BT Vision or Top Up TV which offer additional packages like movies and sport. 5 6 Plus Radio channels Channels are subject to change. Text & Interactive Subtitling To find out which services and channels are available in your area, visit the predictive postcode checker at digitaluk.co.uk/postcodechecker or call What happens at switchover? What else should I consider for switchover? Convert every TV set that you want to continue watching Any analogue TV left unconverted will not work after switchover. Decide what to do with your recorder After switchover, if your VCR or DVD recorder is not digital, it will not be able to record one channel while you watch another. Only a digital TV recorder will allow you to do this. A digital TV recorder will also convert your TV to digital. Do I need to get a new TV? No, almost any TV, even a black and white one, can be converted with a digital box. Most digital boxes connect to a TV using a SCART cable. If your TV doesn t have a SCART socket, you will need to ask for a digital box with a built-in RF modulator. Do I need High Definition (HD) TV for switchover? No, you do not need HD TV for switchover. You may, however, wish to consider HD as an option if you decide to buy new TV equipment. HD services are available from Sky, freesat, Virgin Media and Freeview. Check which HD services are available where you live using the predictive postcode checker at digitaluk.co.uk/postcodechecker What should I look for if I decide to get new equipment? Look for TV sets, digital boxes and digital TV recorders that carry the digital tick logo. It identifies products and services designed to work through switchover. The logo looks like this: Check your aerial Most aerials will be fine for switchover, for more information see page 9. Will I need to switch my radio at the same time? No, this switchover relates to TV only. More questions? Visit our regional roadshow for face-to-face advice. To find an event near you visit digitaluk.co.uk/centralevents 7 8 How do I convert my TV equipment? What about my aerial? You will only need an aerial if you choose to switch with a Freeview service. If you have good reception now, you are unlikely to need to replace your aerial for switchover there is no such thing as a digital aerial. If you currently have poor analogue reception, then you may need to replace it. Check by visiting the aerial checker on Teletext page 284. Or wait until after switchover to see if your picture is affected. A small minority of households watching the Nottingham, Waltham, Lark Stoke, The Wrekin or Bromsgrove main transmitters may need a wideband aerial to receive all the available channels. Check by visiting digitaluk.co.uk/central If you need to replace your rooftop aerial, look for a Registered Digital Installer (RDI), who has been trained and security checked. Installation of a standard rooftop aerial is likely to cost Additional sockets cost around 45 each. To find an RDI near you: visit rdi-lb.co.uk or call our UK advice line on Alternatively, look for someone with Associate RDI or CAI Plus status, or ask your local electrical retailer. How do I set up my digital TV equipment? If you choose to install a digital box yourself, here are three simple steps: Unplug your TV from the electricity supply and do not switch your TV on again until you have connected all your equipment Plug in the SCART and aerial cables as shown in the diagram and reconnect all equipment to the mains Make sure you switch your TV on first, and then the digital box. Finally, install the new digital channels by following the on-screen instructions For an online demonstration, visit digitaluk.co.uk/connectionguide TV A Common Set-up Aerial RF SCART SCART Cable Aerial Cable 9 If you are eligible for the Help Scheme and choose a Freeview service, they will check your aerial for you. See page 17 What if I live in a flat and have a communal aerial? If you live in a flat, speak to the person who manages your property to ensure it s ready for switchover. For more information visit digitaluk.co.uk/sharedaerial Digital Box Recorder SCART Cable Aerial Cable Aerial Cable Aerial Socket 10 How do I convert my TV equipment? What service providers are available in my area? Ask about digital TV recorders, which can also convert your TV COST 1 CHANNELS CONTACT DETAILS Digital boxes from around Digital TVs from around 150. Self-installation. Number of channels will vary depending on where you live. See page 6. one-off payment Digital boxes from 30. Digital TVs from around 450. Satellite dish installation (if required) from 80. Over 115 TV channels, plus BBC iplayer including mini-dish, viewing card, standard Sky box and installation. More than 240 TV channels From a month. Standard installation from 30. Up to 160 subscription TV channels plus more than 240 free-to-air channels MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION The options above are the service providers in the Central TV region however some of these service providers are unable to offer 100% UK coverage. For full terms and conditions and to check availability in your area, please contact each supplier directly. 1 Costs are correct at time of printing, November Cost details are standard pricing, other offers or packages may be available. 2 Aerial upgrade may be required. 3 Minimum guaranteed line speed required. From or pay-per-view from 39p 2. BT Broadband required (from a month 3 ). Self-installation. Top Up TV recorder from Packages from a month. Self-installation. From a month including a V HD Box. Virgin phone line required ( 12.24). Installation 40. As Freeview, plus Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 2, ESPN and on-demand programmes. As Freeview, plus Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 2, ESPN and on-demand TV and films. Up to 160 TV channels, plus on-demand TV, films and music How do I convert my TV equipment? If I have a Freeview service how am I affected? If you have Freeview, Top Up TV or BT Vision, you will need to re-tune your digital TV or box or you will lose TV channels at switchover. Remember, if you have a satellite or cable service, you will not need to re-tune. How do I re-tune? A full re-tune should only take a few minutes and can be done with your remote control. Here are some guidelines for how to do it, but bear in mind every digital TV or box will be a little different: What is re-tuning? TV channels sometimes move to new frequencies, which means you may find some of your channels are missing. Re-tuning will bring them back. When will I need to re-tune? On or after both stages of switchover If at any time you find you have lost TV channels Dates you will need to re-tune in are: Transmitter Nottingham BEFORE switchover SWITCHOVER STAGE 1 SWITCHOVER STAGE 2 30 March 13 April AFTER switchover 24 August, 27 September Switch on your Freeview TV or box and press menu on your remote control Select set up or installation option Select the full re-tune option (sometimes called first time installation, factory reset or default settings ). Selecting channel update or add channels will not fully clear old channels and enable new ones to be found Press OK if your equipment asks if you want to delete all your channels, don t worry this is normal If you are prompted for a code, try 0000 or 1234 Channels will automatically be installed. This may take a few minutes and your equipment may shut down and restart 13 Lark Stoke Bromsgrove Ridge Hill The Wrekin 28 September 28 September 28 September Waltham 30 March, 13 April 17 August 31 August 12 October Sutton Coldfield Fenton Oxford Derby & Stanton Moor (relays of Waltham) 20 April 6 April 20 April 6 April 20 April 6 April 20 April 6 April 20 April 7 September 21 September 7 September 21 September 14 September 28 September 17 August 31 August 5 October Please note: if you are watching a local relay transmitter your service may not resume until late in the day at switchover. Some of the local relays of Sutton Coldfield may not resume service until the next day. If you need advice, visit the Digital UK website at digitaluk.co.uk/retuning where there is a video showing you how to re-tune and easy-to-follow re-tune guides for the most popular digital TVs and boxes. If you are eligible and take up the Help Scheme, you ll get help with re-tuning. See page Freeview viewers: what do I need to do? I have tried re-tuning but I am still having problems If you are missing TV channels, consider the following: If you have selected channel update or add channels, it will not work. You need to do a full re-tune as outlined on page 14 Not all channels are available in all areas. To find out what channels you get in your area, go to our predictive postcode checker at digitaluk.co.uk/postcodechecker If you are watching a local relay transmitter, at switchover, your service may not resume until later Switchover is a two-stage process, you have to re-tune on or after both stages At switchover a limited number of digital boxes and TVs will stop working and will need to be replaced. To find a list of affected products visit digitaluk.co.uk/troubleshooting If you live in an area receiving Freeview services for the first time you may need to use your remote to switch between analogue and digital, to watch the full range of channels between the first and the second switchover dates If you are still having problems, you may need to do a manual re-tune. See page 16. I have the wrong regional TV service A few homes may be able to pick up their TV service from more than one transmitter, including one from a neighbouring TV region or nation (e.g. Wales). This means you may not receive the regional service you were expecting. You can either: Visit us at digitaluk.co.uk/central or call our UK advice line on * * Calls are free for BT customers within inclusive calling plans. Call charges from other providers may vary. The standard business hours for Digital UK s contact centre are 8am to 7pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm on a Saturday. Sunday closed. Opening hours will be extended during switchover in each area. Digital UK, PO Box 26833, Kirkcaldy KY2 9AG. 15 Scroll down the channel list as you are likely to find your preferred regional service further down the list (probably in the 800s), and then add the channel to your favourites list, or Manually re-tune your TV or box which will enable you to put your channels where you want them on the channel list What is a manual re-tune? A manual re-tune allows you to choose which services your box receives. To find out how to do a manual re-tune go to digitaluk.co.uk/manualretune or call * 16 Freeview What about viewers: my aerial? troubleshooting What is the Switchover Help Scheme? The Switchover Help Scheme is run by the BBC, to help older and disabled people with everything they need to switch one TV to digital. Even for those who already have digital TV on their main set, we can convert another TV in their home, for example in the bedroom or kitchen. The Help Scheme can help everyone who: Is aged 75 or over, or Has lived in a care home for six months or more, or Gets (or could get) certain disability benefits, or Is registered blind or partially sighted The standard option includes: Easy-to-use equipment An approved installer to supply and install the equipment for you A 12-month aftercare service including a free helpline and help with re-tuning This service is available for 40 all-inclusive or free for eligible people on certain income-related benefits. What do I do now? The Help Scheme has written to all eligible people. To take up the option, everyone who has received the mailing needs to reply. For more information, please call us free on or visit helpscheme.co.uk Know someone who needs a helping hand? Tell them about the Help Scheme The Switchover Help Scheme is run by the BBC Help Scheme: who is eligible?
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