DieSse,I do indeed have Sky. I was refering to two Welsh villages where the analogue has been switched off, and the BBC has provided all households with set top boxes to receive the digital signal.This being the only signal now available in those areas. I was just asking if there had been any problems, since we shall all be in that position fairly soon!
What seems to be being overlooked is that analogue TVs won't suddenly become obsolete overnight.
The Freeview/Sky digital set top boxes are a means of bringing in digital transmissions (more channels are available for a given bandwidth); the TV signals are then converted back to analogue so that you are able to watch the programmes.
"What seems to be being overlooked is that analogue TVs won't suddenly become obsolete overnight"
Oh yes they will!
The average life of a TV is around 10 years. The majority of TV's are still analogue only, not to mention VCR's and other ancillaries. The change over to digital only is projected to be completed well within 10 years.
When the analogue transmitters are switched off, these devices will cease to function.
By the way an example of the first Nicam 21in TV that Toshiba produced back in 1990 (I paid £499.99 for one) served me well for six years before I replaced it with the follow up Toshiba model; my son has been using the original set for the past nine years and its picture and sound quality are still excellent.
Not bad for a UK manufactured product that's been in use for many hours a day for 15 years. The only reason it was replaced was due to the fact that Toshiba had provided a voucher to the value of the first set; if you bought a similar product exactly six years later you got the voucher sum off it.
The result was I had to buy two Toshibas (one a mono version) as the price had dropped to £379.99. So, for about £140 I got two brand new sets taking into account the £499.99 voucher discount.
The equivalent Toshiba Nicam set today is around £170.....:-)