Digital Broadcasting

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Peter Luff Peter Luff Chair, Trade & Industry Committee, Chair, Trade & Industry Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to ensure that the free to air digital terrestrial television platform is sustainable; and what plans she has to enable viewers using it to access high definition broadcasting.

Photo of Shaun Woodward Shaun Woodward Minister of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Creative Industries & Tourism)

The digital switchover programme will enable digital terrestrial television (DTT) coverage to be extended so that it substantially matches that of current analogue services, i.e. 98.5 per cent. of the population.

Broadcasting in high definition is essentially a decision for broadcasters. High definition uses more radio spectrum than standard definition, so broadcasters will need to consider their future spectrum use within the context of wider business needs and Ofcom's digital dividend review.

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