UK DTV is 15 today

November 15, 2013 10.57 Europe/London By Julian Clover

ITV Digital MonkeyDigital terrestrial television in the UK is celebrating its 15th anniversary today (Friday) with 19.2 million homes connected, 10.3 million as the only TV service.

The early failings of pay-TV through On Digital and its successor ITV Digital are now but a distant memory as a largely free package of 70 channels, four in the HD format, are carried under the Freeview banner.

Top Up TV, one of the last elements of pay broadcasting on UK DTT, ceased broadcasting on November 1st.

Earlier this year two new multiplexes were licensed by Ofcom with new channels Al Jazeera English HD and five BBC channels broadcasting in the HD format going live at the turn of the year.

It is anticipated that coverage of the new HD services will extend to 70 per cent of UK homes by June 2014.

In addition, a network of local TV channels will soon be available to digital terrestrial TV viewers in many parts of the UK.