London to be digital-only by 2012 Olympics

By the time the London 2012 Olympics come round, the capital will have switched off its reliance on analogue broadcasts, completing the biggest leap in the government’s plans to turn the country’s television signals all-digital.

That’s the promise being made by Digital UK, which is handling the operation. The process of converting the largest region to digital television signals will begin March next year, and should be completed by June. However, an exact date for when the Crystal Palace analogue transmitter will be powered down is yet to be announced – although is expected on 7 April.

Although the digital switchover scheme has been rolling out across the country since 2007 – starting in Whitehaven in Cumbria – without many problems, London is seen as the most important part of the operation, given its high density and likely media focus.

Digital UK is hoping the pull of the Olympic Games will encourage those without the ability to receive digital broadcasts to get the right equipment, in a similar way that the World Cup encouraged the sales of high definition televisions last summer.

(Source: MediaGuardian)

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