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Digital TV switchover hits the halfway mark

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Right on schedule, more than half of UK homes are now using digital-only TV.

Today more than 4 million households across the West Midlands, Yorkshire, Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme will make the switch to all-digital TV, taking the UK total to 17 million homes or 63% of the UK.

Led by Digital UK the switchover project is due to be completed next year when the four remaining regions, London, the south of England, the north east of England and Northern Ireland, make the switch.

More choice

“The project is on-time and has run brilliantly smoothly,” said Communications Minister Ed Vaizey. “Switching to digital TV provides people with more channels while freeing up valuable spectrum.”

For details of the options available in your area and help with switching to digital television, visit the Digital UK website. There is also a scheme to help people with the switchover.

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