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Analogue TV signals will cease in October 2012

Digital TV

Digital UK has confirmed that all analogue TV transmissions will end on October 24th 2012.

Northern Ireland will be the last place to have the 80-year-old analogue TV technology switched off.

It will also mean the end for teletext-based services, such as BBC Ceefax, as the spectrum is freed up for high-speed wireless and smartphone networks.

TV broadcasting began in August 1932 with a series of analogue test transmissions. The BBC began broadcasting a proper TV schedule in 1936.

The first place in the UK to have its analogue TV signal switched off was Whitehaven in Cumbria in 2007.

There are just four remaining regions to switch over to digital TV next year: London, Meridian, Tyne Tees and Northern Ireland.

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Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.