Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Do you need a digital TV?

With the digital TV switchover already having started in some areas of the country, Jane Turner tunes in to integrated digital TVs (IDTV) which can receive digital signals without the need for a set-top box.

Partly because of the digital switchover, sales of flatscreen TVs have boomed recently. But so has the size of screens.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) recently said: “In the past five years we have seen the main television in a household change from typically being a 24in to 32in CRT television to being a much larger flatscreen television, with screen sizes of between 32 and 42 inches becoming more and more common. Not surprisingly, this has seen the energy used by the main television in the house increase.”

The analogue TV signal is being switched off between 2008 and 2012, so you must have access to some sort of digital signal by then or you won’t be able to watch TV at all. You won’t need a digital TV if you have a Freeview set-top box or subscribe to satellite or cable.

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