PEOPLE across West Cork who have yet to make the switch to digital television are being urged to do so urgently.

With the Saorview digital TV signal going live between September 24th and October 1st it has been confirmed that the RTÉ2 digital signal from Drimoleague, Leap and Rosscarbery will be switched off at the same time the new service goes live.

All other analogue services will continue until October 24th when they will also be switched off.

According to Saorview, the RTÉ 2 signal needs to be switched off earlier than originally planned to facilitate the digital service from the new Drimoleague, Leap and Rosscarbery transposers.

The RTÉ 2 analogue signal will also be switched off from on the same day Saorview goes live.

Local Labour TD Michael McCarthy said, “While there is 96% awareness in rural areas now, I understand that a considerable number of homes have yet to make the switch.

“This is despite a sustained high-profile advertising campaign fronted by Gay Byrne which included the delivery of public information booklets to every home in the country in June, ongoing local awareness initiatives and last week’s very successful Digital Switchover Week.

“Most of us will have neighbours, friends or relatives who will need some assistance with the switch, so I would encourage everyone to check in with people in their local communities who might fall into these categories and give them some practical advice to ensure that they make the switch in good time.

“Otherwise they will be left with a blank television screen on October 24th, which certainly isn’t ideal.”

The Switchover does not affect pay-TV households, such as those who have Sky or UPC, but for those who are affected, it will be necessary to get a Saorview-approved set-top-box or television connected to the aerial to begin to receive Saorview.

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