Analogue Switch-off

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Communications watchdog Ofcom has warned that only 85 per cent of homes in the UK are likely to have moved to digital in time for the proposed switch-off of analogue television.

The organisation says that market forces will not be enough to persuade all viewers to make the transition.

Ofcom chief executive Stephen Carter said that analogue is due to be terminated between 2006 and 2010 but may stall without government intervention, .

Some 50 per cent of British households have already transferred to digital TV.

The watchdog is expected to recommend stronger cross-party support for the move, and will urge the government to give a more precise date for analogue's switch-off.

It is also urging the BBC to embrace digital platforms aside from Freeview, and sees the upcoming review of the Royal Charter as an opportunity to put its commitment to digital on the same footing as other broadcasters
 

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As freeview boxes can be had for as cheap as £30 now, no doubt by 2010 there'll be some method of claiming a free box as part of the switch-off (e.g. take £5 from tv license for a few years)
 

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It is also urging the BBC to embrace digital platforms aside from Freeview, and sees the upcoming review of the Royal Charter as an opportunity to put its commitment to digital on the same footing as other broadcasters
I get the feeling that the very thing they are asking the BBC to embrace, is what will slow down the progress of Freeview and terrestrial digital in general. Will it be a case that many people will fear that the more popular free channels will migrate to the pay service, will it perhaps be a big temptation for successful Freeview channels to become subscription, it's happened on many digital platforms already.
 
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