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No Analogue Television Sets Sold In May Says Digital UK

Digital UK, the entity in charge of making sure the transition from the world of analogue to digital is done as smoothly as possible, has announced that no analogue television sets have been sold in May 2010 for the first time since sales began.

Most retailers have already run out of analogue television sets already with limited sets available in clearance sales and on specialised websites like Ebay or Gumtree.

Only 20 per cent of the 25 million or so homes in the UK have been transferred to digital with around two years left before analogue signals are turned off for good.

But, BARB, the TV Ratings body, suggested that the overwhelming number of TV in UK homes are already on digital either via Digital Terrestrial, satellite, cable or broadband.

London, Tynes Tees, the south east and Ulster will be the last areas in the UK to switch to digital only months before the Olympic games.

A survey carried out by Digital UK also revealed that just under a third of people aged over 65 felt more tech-savvy where the switchover had been completed (ed: it also means that most people over 65 felt either the same towards technology or have become more technophobic).

Digital UK chief executive David Scott said in a statement that "There is clear evidence that the benefits of digital TV are welcomed by the vast majority of those who have upgraded, most of whom have found it a straightforward process."

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.