The Switchover Help Scheme has selected Freeview as the standard offer of practical help for eligible older and disabled people in the ITV Granada region.
Almost seven million people around the country will be eligible for help under the Help Scheme, according to eaga who manage the scheme. The ITV Granada region will be the most populated so far to switch to digital at the end of this year.
Eligible people in the ITV Granada region will be offered a Freeview set top box installed on one of their TVs at a subsidised cost of £40, or free if they also receive income benefits. The help also includes a demonstration of how to use the equipment, an aerial check and upgrade if necessary for those that own their own aerials, and a Help Line to ring for advice while they get used to it.
Eligible people who can't receive digital television through an aerial will be offered satellite equipment from Freesat on the same terms.
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