Netherlands ends analogue TV

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12 December 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands ended transmission of "free to air" analog television on Monday, becoming the first nation to switch completely to digital signals.

12 December 2006

AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands ended transmission of "free to air" analog television on Monday, becoming the first nation to switch completely to digital signals.

Few Dutch consumers noticed, however, because the overwhelmingly majority get TV via cable, AP reported.

Only about 74,000 households relied on TV antennas, although 220,000 people had an "occasional use" set somewhere such as in a vacation house, camper or boat.

The bandwidth formerly used by analog has been licensed through 2017 by KPN, which will use it to broadcast digital television. Nation-wide coverage is planned for 2007.

Under its government contract, KPN must continue to broadcast three state-supported channels and several regional public broadcasters free of charge.

But it can use the rest of the open bandwidth for a package of other channels comparable with cable. Consumers must first buy a tuner to decode the new signals.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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