Final stages of UK DSO underway

Arqiva’s John Cresswell

The final stages of the UK’s digital switchover will start on October 10th and be completed on October 23rd, when analogue TV services in Northern Ireland are turned off.

Main stations at Limvady, Divis and Brougher Mountain, and 43 relay transmitters across the country will switch to a new high-power digital system for Freeview, reaching 650,000 homes. This will mark the final stage of the UK’s five-year, €780 million digital switchover project.

John Cresswell, CEO of Arqiva, commented: “The completion of DSO in October will signal the end of what is a truly magnificent achievement for Arqiva and our Freeview partners, alongside Digital UK and Ofcom. In only five years, we have transformed this vital public service and built a modern platform for transmitting the best of British TV into over 20 million homes across the UK. Along with the launch of Youview, DSO, by providing digital television across the UK, cements 2012 as a landmark year in British broadcasting keeping free-to-air viewing for consumers, at its core.”

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