The switchover is due in 6 years. There will be places at the moment where there is no digital signal as there is only patchy coverage but there will be more or less full coverage by 2012. So there is plenty of time to [plan and you assume that elderly people do not already have Sky and other cable/sat services. In any case those over 75 are being taken care of....'The support scheme will provide equipment to convert one TV set, and help with its installation and follow-up support, to people aged 75 years and over and people with significant disabilities – that is, receiving attendance allowance or disability living allowance'.
Personally I can't wait as analogue TV quality is totally naff and it's about time this country started embracing the year 2006 rather than harping on about the 'good ol'days'. click here and click here
If a tiny number of people cannot get the signal why should the vast majority be left in the dark ages. TV is a service not a necessity. Where i live I cannot get channel5 but I have had no side effects from this. If you do not want to change your TV you can buy a set-top box that will convert the signal.