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Analogue TV switch-off edges ever closer

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The Government might be able to turn off analogue TV signals sooner than it had hoped after new figures showed more British households will have digital TV than an Internet connection by the end of the year. The Independent Television Commission said more than 10 million homes - 40% of the population - had digital TV at the end of last year while, in comparison, 11 million homes (42% of the UK) were connected to the Internet. The Government is keen for 95 per cent of homes to have digital TV before it turns off the analogue signal. Initial expectations were that this would happen between 2006 and 2010, but the new figures could speed up analogue TV's demise