Feeds

Hand back ITV Digital set tops. Or else!

Knock, knock,

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

The liquidators of failed digital TV outfit, ITV Digital, want customers to cough up £40 to keep their set top boxes (STB).

According to Grant Thornton, the million or so former ITV Digital punters never actually owned their STBs but were merely "lent" the kit.

The STBs are regarded as "potentially a major asset in the liquidation" and Grant Thornton is doing all it can to clear ITV Digital's £1.24bn debt.

Which is why Grant Thornton is trying to recoup some cash by charging £39.99 for the boxes. Anyone who doesn't want to keep their box can get it collected for free.

Those who refuse to pay up or hand in their STBs could have to face debt collectors banging on their door.

In a statement Malcolm Shierson of Grant Thornton said: "This offer has been priced to give a significant discount to the retail price of new set top boxes.

"Many customers, knowing that they do not have title to the boxes, have contacted both ourselves and ONdigital during its insolvency, and will welcome the offer in the knowledge that they no longer are holding and using something to which they are not strictly legally entitled."

Many punters are currently using the set top boxes to receive the recently launched free-to-air service, which includes some 30 TV and radio channels. ®

Related Story

ITV Digital RIP

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up
Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
Ofcom tackles complaint over Premier League footie TV rights
Virgin Media: UK fans pay the most for the fewest matches
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Getting ahead of the compliance curve
Learn about new services that make it easy to discover and manage certificates across the enterprise and how to get ahead of the compliance curve.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.