MEDIA: Switch to digital

What is digital TV?

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

socket.



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.



Consumer choice.



Plans to ensure fair and effective competition when dealing with

programme providers and providing additional services.



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