UK Digital TV Switchover: At What Cost?

21 July 2005

The UK government's plan for an all-digital TV market is to undergo yet another probe into the intricacies of switchover fees, equipment upgrades and the feasibility of achieving complete analogue signal switch-off by 2012.

As analysts placed a price tag of up to £7 billion ($12.2bn; €10.1bn) on the digital switchover, a battalion of eleven MPs has been assembled to examine the spending habits of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport during the transition.

Although Britons are embracing digital TV in their droves, 38% of homes have yet to surrender their analogue signal. It remains to be seen whether the government will provide financial assistance for viewers to upgrade to digital equipment.

The analogue switch-off is scheduled to begin in some parts of the country in 2008.

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