Piggybank News

January 26, 2009

The cost of going digital.

Filed under: Domestic Utilities — nspresources @ 6:37 pm
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If you have been in any store selling TV or video equipment in the last 2 or 3 years you will be painfully aware of the cost of buying “digital ready” equipment.   A few weeks ago my elderly video recorder finally gave up the ghost and although we already had a functional DVD player it seemed logical to upgrade our recording technology to a DVD hard disk.  What suprised me was the variety of advice we recieved from sales people in the stores we visited.  It was extremely confusing and it quickly became abundantly clear that most of them were just interested in selling us the latast digital product regardless of whether we actually needed it.  So Piggy has decided that some simple down to earth advice is needed! In Milton Keynes and around (the Anglia region) the digital switchover is not planned until the first half of 2011.  This means that if you currently have perfectly functioning analogue equipment then there is no point in rushing out to upgrade to digital immediately.  On the other hand if, like us, something needs replacing then it does make sense to ensure that the new equipment is digitally compatable.  Analogue only equipment is usually much cheaper but in the long run it will cost less to future proof yourself to some extent.  It is also possible to get equipment that will happily work with both technologies which means that you don’t necessarily have to upgrade everything at once.

How do you know if your TV is digital or not?

If you have more than the five standard channels or receive Freeview, freesat, satellite or cable then you already have digital TV. Check this applies to all sets in your property.

What if you haven’t?

If you do not have digital, almost all sets can be converted with a digital box. If you buy a new TV, look out for the digital tick logo.

What are my choices?

Prices will vary depending on which service you choose but, there are two ways of going digital:

  • A one-off payment with services such as Freeview
  • A monthly subscription with existing services such as Tiscali TV

Can I get help with the cost?

You may be eligible to apply to the Switchover Help Scheme if you are 75 or over, registered blind or partially sighted, or entitled to certain disability allowances. More information about this scheme is available from Digital UK (link available below).

When is the switchover happening in other parts of the country?

TV Region Date
Border 2008, second half
West Country 2009, first half
HTV Wales 2009, second half
Granada 2009, second half
HTV West 2010, first half
Grampian 2010, first half
Scottish Television 2010, first half
Yorkshire 2011, first half
Anglia 2011, first half
Central 2011, first half
Meridian 2012, first half
Carlton / LWT (London) 2012, first half
Tyne Tees 2012, second half
Ulster 2012, second half

Where to go for more information?

The government has given the task of managing the switchover to a not-for-profit body called Digital UK. Call 0845 6 505050 or visit www.digitaluk.co.uk

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