Digital UK names date for end of analogue TV era
So long, PAL
Digital UK has warned telly viewers in Britain that they have until 24 October 2012 to ditch their analogue receivers, or equip them with a digital set-top box.
One year and ten days from today, the last analogue telly transmission will be switched off, the organisation said.
By then, the last remaining analogue areas, including London and Northern Ireland, will lose their old-format signals.
Britain has been transmitting TV signals to the public since the BBC began broadcasting a regular television service in 1936. Digital transmissions began on 15 November 1998, but didn't really kick off until the launch of Freeview on 30 October 2002.
Six years later, the campaign to encourage punters to switch from analogue to digital was initiated. ®
So is 24 October 2012 the day the some of the 1% sell some more of the 99%'s property to their mates on the cheap?
Was brilliant. The BBC did Telesoftware, Channel 4 did 4TEL and lots of related content from their 80s computing programme 4COMPUTERBUFFS. Then Bamboozle and Digitizer in the 90's when the licences changed.
Thing I liked about teletext was browing for a holiday during the ads. The TV sound was still there to tell you the programme was restarting. Only a handful of dtvs can do this.