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Some 100,000 still to make the switch to Saorview with just two weeks to go

With the switchover deadline just 14 days away, Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte has urged the public not to wait until the last minute.

Gaybo wants you to make the switch...
Gaybo wants you to make the switch...
Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

JUST TWO WEEKS UNTIL the digital switchover to Saorview, approximately 100,000 people have yet to make the switch.

Research from the latest Millward Brown Lansdowne tracking study revealed that an estimated 500,000 households who are reliant on the analogue signal made the switch at the end of September.

Awareness of the switchover among those reliant on analogue service continues to increase and now stands at 99 per cent. Despite the high level of awareness there were still 100,000 households left to make the switch at the end of last month.

Minister for Communications, Pat Rabbitte welcomed the increase in numbers making the switch but said now is not the time for complacency.

“I would urge those viewers, who have yet to make the switch, to do so now and not wait until the last minute,” he said.

“With just 14 days to go, I would ask the public to give a helping hand to friends, relatives and neighbours who may need assistance with the switch to ensure they are not without a TV signal from Wednesday 24th October.”

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