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MOST rooftop aerials will be fine after switchover but a small proportion of aerials are likely to need replacing.

Some set-top aerials may also need replacing. You can check whether your existing aerial is likely to be suitable for receiving digital by visiting the aerial test page on teletext page 284.

If you do need a new aerial, you should expect to pay around pounds 60-pounds 180 for a standard installation. Remember, never let 'cold-callers' into your home. Neither Digital UK nor the Switchover Help Scheme will ever visit you without prior notice and proof of identity.

Also, be aware there is no such thing as a 'digital aerial'. If you feel you have been a victim of unscrupulous traders or installers, call the Consumer Direct helpline on 0845 404 05 06 for advice.

Never attempt to adjust a rooftop aerial yourself. Look for a Registered Digital Installer (RDI) with the 'digital tick' logo. This means they have been trained and security checked. Go to or call Digital UK on 0845 650 50 50 for details.

If you can't find an RDI locally, look for Associate RDI or CAI Plus status - or ask your electrical retailer.

If you live in a flat and share your aerial with others then you may have a communal TV system. If so, it may need to be adapted to receive digital TV. Your landlord or managing agent should be aware of this and be making plans but you may want to check.

Digital UK recommends that you wait until after switchover to see if your aerial needs replacing in order to avoid having unnecessary work carried out.


RECEPTION: Around 10% of homes will need a new aerial with digital switchover
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 8, 2009
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