Tune in for new era of digital TV

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ANALOGUE television signals in Sheffield, north Derbyshire and other parts of South Yorkshire will be switched off for good today as the digital switchover process is completed.

Residents who receive a signal from transmitters in Sheffield and Chesterfield will have to retune their TV sets to get the new, boosted digital signal.

People who get their signal from a satellite dish or cable are unaffected - but anyone using a digital box or digital TV will have to retune.

Affected residents had to re-calibrate their sets a fortnight ago, when the BBC2 signal was phased out, but now they will have to do so again as the remaining analogue channels are turned off.

The move affects most of north Derbyshire, the whole of Sheffield and areas in and around Rotherham.

Residents in Barnsley and other parts of South Yorkshire receive a signal from the Emley Moor transmitter near Huddersfield, which does not switch over until September 7.

Some houses in the Doncaster area may get a signal from Belmont in Lincolnshire, which completed its digital switch process on August 17.

As the analogue signal is turned off residents will only be able to receive broadcasts through a digital box, satellite dish or cable service.

Help and advice on what you need to do is available from the Digital UK advice line on 08456 50 50 50, or at www.digitaluk.co.uk.

The BBC’s Help Scheme offers extra help - including assistance with installing new equipment - to anyone aged 75 or over, those who live in a care home, or on certain disability benefits.

Jeremy Buxton, help scheme regional manager, said: “We know that some people only realise at the last minute that they could do with some help - even if up until now they thought that they were going to be OK for switchover.”

n The Help Scheme is available in South Yorkshire until October 21. For details call 0800 4085900.