Between 2008- 2012, television services in the UK will go completely digital, TV region by TV region (The exception is Whitehaven in Cumbria which became the first place to switch in October 2007*). The old analogue television signal will be switched off and viewers will need to convert or upgrade their TV equipment to receive digital signals, whether through their aerial, by satellite, cable or broadband.
The Government is responsible for the policy of digital switchover, including the 2008-2012 timetable and the establishment of a Help Scheme for those who may need practical assistance with switchover.
Digital UK is the independent not-for-profit company leading the implementation of switchover.
The Digital UK website answers the questions:
Ofcom is the independent regulator and competition authority for the communications industry, with a statutory duty to further the interests and consumers in communication matters
This website explains why switchover is happening, and how we will ensure that the process runs smoothly.
* There are special arrangements in place to ensure the continuing availability of the Irish language channel TG4 in Northern Ireland after switchover as set out in a Statement to Parliament on 20 December 2010. This technical guidance note advises how to receive the service.
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