What is digital TV?
A new way of transmitting TV services so viewers can get more channels,
extra services, interactivity and better quality sound and pictures.
How do you get digital TV?
Viewers need a set-top box which plugs into the existing aerial
It will convert digital signals into analogue so they can been seen on a
TV set. There will be a conditional access system so viewers can watch
subscription channels. Viewers can also buy a digital TV receiver to
access the new channels. The ITC wants between 70% and 90% of the UK
population to be able to receive digital on launch. That figure will
eventually reach 100%.
What are multiplexes?
There will initially be six transmission networks - or multiplexes. Each
will carry a number of different channels.
How much will digital terrestrial television cost?
Analysts estimate the basic service will cost around pounds 10 to pounds
12 a month, with premium channels costing a extra pounds 3 each. A
set-top box will cost around pounds 200 to pounds 300.
What criteria will the ITC use to award the multiplex licences?
Coverage area proposed.
Speed of the service roll-out.
Ability to maintain and establish the service.
Plans to ensure fair and effective competition when dealing with
programme providers and providing additional services.