Monday, September 10 15:51:30
Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte today announced details of National Digital Switchover Week, which will take place from 17th - 23rd of this month.
According to new figures, 93pc of Irish people are now aware of the Digital TV Switchover, with some 96pc of people living in rural communities also claiming awareness. However, there are still some 200,000 still using the analogue TV network for their primary TV who need to make the switch.
Organised by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR) in partnership with The Wheel and Irish Rural Link, the week will see 26 local Digital Outreach Champions across the country organise events in their communities to encourage those who have not yet switched to digital TV to do so during National Digital Switchover Week.
The week of events will conclude just one month before the analogue TV network in Ireland is switched off at 10.00am on Wednesday 24th October, 2012.
"I am delighted to announce details of National Digital Switchover Week which is a core part of our national outreach programme which we have developed in partnership with The Wheel and Irish Rural Link. We are optimistic that a combination of the timing of this initiative - just one month before the analogue TV service gets switched off on Wednesday 24th October - and the number of local events in the heart of communities all over the country will encourage those who have still not made the switch to digital TV to do so during National Digital Switchover Week and avoid the last minute rush. In addition, most of us will have neighbours, friends or relatives who will need some assistance with the switch. So why not offer to give a helping hand during National Digital Switchover Week?" the Minister said.