PEOPLE living in some mountainous areas in south and west Kerry will have to buy expensive satellite dishes if they want to watch Irish TV after October 24.
A number of areas in the county are proving hard to reach with the new digital signal because of the mountainous terrain. However, Those leading the switchover campaign in Kerry say the signal has finally reached a number of areas such as Ballyferriter and Dunquin that were previously without a signal.
"We had a meeting in Dunquin earlier this week and I'm glad to say that many people in the area are now getting the signal and the same is true of Ballyferriter, even though it shows up on the [Saorview] map as having no signal," Digital Switchover Kerry officer Gareth Lawless said.
Many people who are dependant on the old analog feed have yet to take action, however.
"Awareness has increased significantly, but most people affected have not yet taken action so that they can watch TV after the switch," Mr Lawless's colleague David Fitzgibbon said.
Some people will have to buy a Saorsat satellite dish for a signal, however. Mr Fitzgibbon said this would be necessary for a small number of homes and would cost much more than the set-top box alone.
"The general rule of thumb is that is if you are currently getting four channels you will just need to get a set-top box; if you're only getting three channels it means the aerial isn't pointing directly at the transmitter and just needs to be moved or if you are only getting RTE One and Two it's probably time to get a new television," Mr Fitzgibbon said.
Anyone unsure of the strength of a signal in their location is urged to ring David Fitzgibbon on (068) 23429 or Gareth Lawless on (066) 7163170. If your TV screen displays the message 'x 24th October 2012' you need to switch by then, Mr Fitzgibbon added.