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The Digital Switchover Help Scheme has now installed equipment for more than 350,000 households in the UK, it has been confirmed.

The scheme, which is run by the BBC under an agreement with the Government, offers older and disabled people practical assistance on converting their TVs when their region transfers from analogue to digital signals.

The digital switchover has now reached half way with much of the UK already switched, including North Scotland, and ITV regions Border, West Country, West, Granada and Wales.

The scheme has now directly contacted almost 2.5 million eligible people and installed receiver equipment for more than 350,000.

The number of installs has increased dramatically from the around 100,000 UK households to have received assistance under the programme a year earlier.

Published today, the DSHS Progress Report reveals the scheme’s current adoption in the UK, along with some lessons learned over the past year.

By completion of the digital switchover in late 2012, the DSHS expects to have contacted more than 7m eligible people and installed equipment for around 1m.

“Ultimately, our mission is to make sure that no eligible person is left with a blank screen after switchover,” said DSHS chief executive Peter White.

“We have worked hard to make sure that those people who need support know what help is available and receive the highest standards of service.”

The help scheme is delivered by service provider Eaga in close partnership with switchover bodies Digital UK and Digital Outreach.

Source: Digital Spy

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Written by C Kenzie

September 27, 2010 at 8:27 am

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