UK viewers alienated by digital switch

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Research conducted by the UK government shows that its plans to switch the country to digital television have alienated millions of viewers. According to reports, 50 per cent of those questioned in a study by the Department of Trade and Industry "disagreed" with the policy of switching off the analogue television signal by 2010. Only 38 per cent said they agreed with the plan. Critics complained that the strategy would force those with analogue sets, which can receive only the five terrestrial stations, to incur extra costs if they wanted to continue to watch television. The public also said it did not trust the Government's motive and doubted it was in the interests of viewers.
Research conducted by the UK government shows that its plans to switch the country to digital television have alienated millions of viewers.

According to reports, 50 per cent of those questioned in a study by the Department of Trade and Industry "disagreed" with the policy of switching off the analogue television signal by 2010. Only 38 per cent said they agreed with the plan.

Critics complained that the strategy would force those with analogue sets, which can receive only the five terrestrial stations, to incur extra costs if they wanted to continue to watch television.

The public also said it did not trust the Government's motive and doubted it was in the interests of viewers.
 
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