18 April night the analogue broadcasting was switched off in London and switched over to digital broadcasting, BBC reports. According to BBC total of 53 channels and 12 million television receivers have been switched off.
British newspaper The Daily Telegraph reports that majority of London residents have already switched over to digital signal, although have been using analogue channel as an additional option.
Process of switch-off of analogue broadcasting started in London on 4 April when BBC Two turned off. At that time 35 thousand London residents called the hotline for consultations on how to change parameters to digital broadcasting.
Special public presentations have been created for those residents of the capital who are unable to set parameters for receiving digital signal themselves. Special assistance points where volunteers consult the citizens have also been created.
A light-show will be organized at the Crystal Palace of the TV-Tower for marking the switch-off of analogue broadcasting on 19 April.
Switch-off of analogue signal is underway in framework of the governmental program and will be completed in October. Approximately two-thirds of British territory has already switched over to digital broadcasting. UP to 2,5 million houses are still to be switched over. The last to receive digital signal will be Northern Ireland and North-East England.
Switchover process from analogue to digital broadcasting will cost Great Britain approximately 163,63 million Pounds.
Analogue broadcasting was launched in Great Britain in 1936.