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The digital switchover is a landmark in telecommunications history. All regions of the UK have now made the move from analogue to digital, massively transforming the range of TV channels and radio stations available across the country and ushering in new, interactive services that were not possible before.
Here we talk you through the switchover and explain what it means for the entertainment options available to you.
In a nutshell, the digital switchover is the process of turning off the analogue signal that has traditionally provided you with TV and replacing it with a digital signal.
The process started in 2009 and was complete by the end of 2012.
Moving to digital is a boon for UK consumers. Here are some of the positive changes it brought:
These are just the improvements that affect everyone. The digital changeover also allows for improved subtitling, as well as additional audio accompaniment and sign language - all of which will has the scope to make programming more accessible to elderly and disabled viewers.
Choose a TV package from Sky, Virgin Media and BT and alongside the channels everyone gets, you'll be able to subscribe to extra channels and services. These take in amazing premium channels, showing the best of domestic and international sport and the latest drama and comedy from the US. And you'll be able to combine your TV with broadband and telephone services and benefit from cheaper monthly outgoings too.
Here is a quick precis of what you get when you go digital with Virgin Media.
*TalkTalk offers YouView boxes for catching up on terrestrial TV and pausing, recording and rewinding live TV. * Unlimited access to 4000 shows and films. * Easy to use interface, so you can find what you want to watch, when you want to watch it. * Add boosts for the best Sky channels and themed content. * An impressive library of on-demand TV and movies.
Number of affected customers remains unclear.
Campaign group urging consumers to respond to Openreach consultation.
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