Appeal to help elderly ahead of TV switch
WITH just over 48 hours to go until the digital switchover, voluntary groups have urged people to check on their elderly neighbours and those living alone to ensure they are not left with blank screens.
The old analogue television signal will be switched off at 10am on Wednesday and those who do not have digital will not be able to watch TV.
The Wheel, the national organisation which represents more than 900 community and voluntary groups around the country, and Irish Rural Link have appealed to the public to help those in their community to make the switch.
The two organisations are spearheading a community outreach programme on behalf of the Department of Communications and will be mobilising their members to co-ordinate activities on a county level.
At the start of this month the department revealed that some 100,000 households had still to switch from analogue to digital.
Seamus Boland of Irish Rural Link said it was important that people living in rural areas are helped to make the switch.
"Even at this late stage there may be people who have not yet made the switch," he said.
Meanwhile Aertv, the free online television service, predicted internet TV will be a mass medium within five years.
Philippe Brodeur, director of Aertv, said: "People should try Aertv before they buy a Saorview box or sign up for one of the expensive alternatives like Sky or UPC."