Late surge as 50,000 switch to digital TV
THERE has been a late surge in those switching to digital TV, with 50,000 making the changeover in recent weeks before the old analogue signal is switched off.
New figures show one-quarter of those who still had an analogue TV service this summer have now switched to a digital service in advance of the October 24 move to digital-only broadcasts.
However, this leaves 150,000 people who still have to make the switch before the analogue signal is switched off. And TV installers yesterday predicted many of those would leave it till after the deadline of October 24.
Tony Moore, of installation service satellite.ie, said he expected it to be "like Christmas shopping" after the changeover.
"I spoke to a colleague in Germany who told me they were actually busier after their switchover a few months ago, because so many people didn't do it in time," he said.
Digital switchover packages, including installation of an aerial and Saorview box, are available from €219, and viewers then have no ongoing monthly costs as the Irish stations are received free of charge.