At long last, the digital wave has done a thorough job across living rooms in London, where analog TV signals in that part of the world will be switched off – for good. BBC One, ITV1, Channel Four and Channel Five will no longer transmit on analog overnight, with BBC Two already spearheading this “effort” earlier this month by stopping all analog transmission then. Basically, for those who want to continue watching those channels will have to adapt to the times – that is, to purchase a compatible TV in order to receive the digital signal. Freeview viewers will need to do some tuning of their own as well, and you can expect to see sales of digital HDTVs spike at least a little bit as the remnant of the population is “forced” to make the jump to the digital bandwagon.
So far, approximately a dozen million viewers are affected in the London area, but that should not be a problem for the majority since they have already switched to digital. To make sure as many people as possible get the message, roadshows have been staged in various places around London in order to educate those who have yet to make the change.
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