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The UK has completed the digital switchover, putting an end to over 70 years of analogue TV broadcasting.

More than 26 million households have had their analogue TV signal switched off, and just over 10 million have gained access to Freeview for the first time.

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The project - which began in 2008 - has cost an estimated £630 million and was completed when Northern Ireland became the last region in the UK to switch over to digital TV.

Prime minister David Cameron said: "The UK's switch to digital television has been the biggest single change to broadcasting for a generation.

"It has delivered more choice for millions of viewers and paved the way for exciting new services, securing our role as a global player in broadcasting and creative industries."

Analogue television started on November 2, 1936, when the first BBC broadcast came from Alexandra Palace in London.

David Scott, the chief executive of switchover body Digital UK, said that today is "a milestone for UK television".

"Over the last five years, switchover has modernised the terrestrial TV network and ensured that the benefits of digital are available to everyone," he said.

"I want to thank the many organisations which played a part in this success and the viewers who generally took the change in their stride. I am delighted we have not only completed the task on time, but also significantly under budget."

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