Free Sky box for pensioners
According to Sky wins TV licence cash to aid digital Switchover - Media - guardian.co.uk, BSkyB will be given first call on the money (funded from 3% of the Licence Fee over five years) to provide free equipment and installation for those qualifying for the Digital Switchover Help Scheme.
The scheme provides a free digital television upgrade for each household in a switching over region that where:
- someone is aged 75 or over;
- there are people with severe disabilities (defined as those people eligible for either Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance or equivalent benefits);
- one person is registered as blind or partially sighted.
The government has passed a law to allow the data held about these household to be passed to Sky.
Full details of the scheme is at: Digital Television - Publications - Digital Switchover Help Scheme
9:25 PM Macclesfield
a hemingway: OK, you need to tell us were you are (postcode) plus what equipment your using (aerial in roof, etc), other wise we have no idea if its your location, a fault with your equipment, mistuned TV, etc. If you need Freesat, then thats fine, but at the moment we have no idea.
No, you cannot claim any discount. The pensioner deal to get you digital TV was just for switchover, and just to get you digital viewing, no more than that. After that its up to you. I have no idea if benifits do allow you anything, but I doubt it.
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If you have a TV set that you watch programmes on, then you are already watching digital services. If you are watching Freeview via a conventional aerial, then that is digital already. If you are watching Sky services, they have been digital for many years.
If you do not have a TV set at all, then all modern sets are capable of receiving digital TV with a suitable aerial for your location.
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