Digital switchover hits the halfway mark

More than half of UK homes have completed the switch to digital-only TV.

Today more than four million households in the West Midlands, Yorkshire, Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme make the transition to digital TV, taking the UK total to 17 million homes or 63%.

The switchover is due to be completed next year and will free-up spectrum for new services such as next generation mobiles and wireless broadband.

Communications Minister Ed Vaizey said: "Switching to digital TV is the biggest project in UK broadcasting history and has been a real success.

"The project is on-time and has run brilliantly smoothly. Switching to digital TV provides people with more channels while freeing up valuable spectrum."

The four remaining regions to switch next year are London, the south of England, the north east of England and Northern Ireland.

DTG Staff  |  21.09.2011

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