Louise Duffy ©RapidTVNews | 24-07-2011

Japan has switched off its analogue television network in all areas except those hit worst by March’s earthquake and tsunami.

The country’s broadcasters completely digitalised their terrestrial TV broadcasting at noon on Sunday, after 58 years. However, the telecom ministry estimates that 100,000 households failed to buy essential equipment such as digital tuners by Saturday.

The Japanese government has postponed the move to digital in the prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima until the end of March next year due to damage from the earthquake and tsunami.