Digital switchover video transcript
Television in Northern Ireland is changing. In 2012 the existing analogue system will be permanently replaced by one using digital signals and this is called the digital switchover.
For those people with analogue TV sets, generally older ones, it means that unless their set is adjusted to receive digital signals they will no longer be able to get television channels.
Transferring from analogue to digital reception will mean that most households in Northern Ireland will have access to many more TV channels and a better quality reception.
The switchover to digital will also make space for exciting new services such as high definition TV and broadcasting to mobile phones.
Many people in Northern Ireland already receive digital TV whether it be through terrestrial TV on Freeview, or via satellite, broadband or cable TV. So it means that most people will not have to adjust their sets.
Going digital is cheap and easy to do. Households have a choice of options and can weigh up services against what they want to spend. Most existing sets can be adapted with a digital set-top box which costs from around £30 or older televisions can be replaced with newer sets that have digital built in.