Preparing for the digital TV switchover

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SESSIONS are being held in libraries next week to give people advice on how to prepare for the Digital TV Switchover later this year.

The switchover happens in Hartlepool on September 12 and 26 and if people are still watching analogue television they will need to convert to digital before then, otherwise they will not be able to receive their TV programmes.

If people have Freeview, BT Vision or TopUP TV, they will need to retune their equipment on or after each stage of the switchover.

Next week’s free sessions, which will be attended by advisers from the BBC-run Switchover Help Scheme, will also include information about the practical help that’s available to older and disabled people.

The dates and times of the sessions are:

l Tuesday, May 1, at Headland Library, Middlegate, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm;

l Tuesday, May 1, at Central Library, York Road, from 10.30am to 1pm;

l Wednesday, May 2, at Throston Grange Library, Glamorgan Grove, from 10.30am to 1pm;

l Wednesday, May 2, at Owton Manor Library, Wynyard Road, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm;

l Friday, May 4, at Seaton Carew Library, Station Lane, from 10.30am to 1pm.

Jackie Johnson, of Hartlepool Libraries Service, said: “If you are confused about what the Digital Switchover means for you or if you aren’t certain how you prepare for it, drop into one of next week’s events for lots of friendly advice.”

For more information about next week’s events, call Hartlepool Central Library on (01429) 272905.