Digital Broadcasting

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans his Department has to ensure full television transmission to all people following the digital TV switchover, with particular reference to transmission blind spots; when the process will be complete; and how much it will cost.

Photo of Andy Burnham Andy Burnham The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

At switchover, it is expected that UK wide coverage levels for Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT), will reach that of present analogue services, which is 98.5 per cent. of households. For virtually all other households, there will be other options available, including free-to-view satellite services. The switchover process will be completed by 2012. The costs of building out the transmission network for switchover are being met by broadcasters. These costs are confidential.

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