The UK has started the switch over from analog to digital. The switch over is due to be completed by 2012, but in the meantime Whitehaven in Cumbria has got its 5 minutes of fame by becoming the first in the UK to undergo the official switch.
At the moment it is estimated that 84% of UK households have already installed the necessary digital equipment, but for those that haven’t the extra cost and new technology is causing a certain amount of distress:
- Joan Hartley, 70, said: “I’m in the process of buying one of these disk drives that you can record everything on. “It’s costly isn’t it? I’ve spent £80 now because I’ve got one main television in the lounge and one in each bedroom.”
- “I’m quite annoyed about the cost,” agreed Brian O’Hare, 48. “I had to buy four digiboxes. It’s quite a bit of money to spend at £25 each.”
- Fellow Whitehaven resident Elaine Mathers said the cost was “not so bad” but said she “hadn’t a clue” how to install her newly purchased equipment.