This September, the analogue television signal will be switched off forever and replaced with a digital signal. TV equipment will need to be digital-compatible, otherwise it will display a totally blank screen. ORCC is working with Digital UK, an independent not for profit organisation formed by broadcasters, to assist Oxfordshire consumers in the conversion.. There are two Switchover dates for Oxfordshire. 14 September (BBC2) and 28 September (all remaining analogue channels – ITV, BBC1, Channel 4, Channel 5).
ORCC has been appointed by Digital UK to mobilise local organisations and volunteers in Oxfordshire to help their service users and residents in their community to make the switch to digital TV successfully.
ORCC will be publicising the Switchover Help Scheme, run by the BBC, which has been set up to make it easier for older and disabled people to switch to digital TV. People are eligible for the scheme if they are aged 75 years or more, have lived in a care home for six months or more, get (or could get) certain disability benefits, or are registered blind or partially sighted.
The Help Scheme is run by the BBC and can provide:
· Easy to use digital TV equipment
· A security-checked installer
· A 12 month aftercare service.
This will cost only £40 or is free to people who are in receipt of benefits.
Everyone who is eligible for the Help Scheme has received a letter telling them all about it but not everyone may have read it or understood what is on offer and how to get help.
These are the people that ORCC will be urging local organisations and volunteers to reach.
Organisations will be encouraged to hold events and presentations, giving advice on how to switch over to digital TV. There is funding available through a Small Grants Scheme to encourage extra events locally. Materials developed to help run events and explain switchover can also be provided.
Key figures – “supporters” – in the community will be asked to check that vulnerable people they know who are eligible for the Help Scheme have understood what is available and are accessing the Scheme if they need to.
For more information about the switchover and how to help, please contact Jayne Bullock, ORCC, Jericho Farm, Worton, Witney, Oxon OX29 4SZ. Tel: 01865 883488.
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