LONDON: British consumers are still buying more analog than digital television sets, even though the government will begin the digital signal switch-off in 2008.

The body overseeing the change, Digital UK, says just 36% of TV sets sold in July were ready to broadcast digital channels.

Ceo Ford Ennals estimates the proportion of digital sets sold will rise to 70% in 2007, but he is urging manufacturers and retailers to voluntarily phase out selling analog sets.

The digital switch-over, which will be rolled out across the TV regions, is expected to be completed by 2012. Ennals wants retailers to stop selling analog products a year before their region is changed.

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