End of Analog Era As Digital Switchover Starts

The first phase of the much anticipated digital TV switchover which is expected to affect around 30,000 households was initiated in Cumbria as the analogue signal from BBC Two was replaced with digital signals.

The planned switch over is aimed at freeing up spectrum across the country and it has managed to successfully roll out in Cumbria with very few complaints reaching the organisers.

Apart from replacing the analogue signals the change also saw the introduction of additional BBC channels namely BBC News, CBBC and BBC Three. However the organisers are making great effort in informing households about the move are requesting people not to panic.

Expressing his enthusiasm at the change, John Askew from Digital UK mentioned “There has been a huge effort from staff and the community over the past 18 months allowing us to get to this point” and he went on to add that “According to our research, we are confident that 96 to 98 per cent of viewers have got the right equipment.”

Incidentally viewers who use BT Vision, Freeview and Top Up TV boxes may have to retune them and people who still use televisions that do not have the capacity to accept digital signals will need to convert the signals.

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Our Comments

The freed spectrum will be quickly snapped up. The landscape of digital Britain is significantly changing and ironically, more and more content is being consumed using cables and bypassing the airwaves completely.

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