Ofcom estimates that around two thirds of homes in the Forest of Dean constituency currently receive digital terrestrial services. The majority of homes are able to receive digital TV via satellite, using appropriate equipment.
Three quarters of UK households are able to receive digital terrestrial television. Digital switchover will allow all those who currently receive a good analogue signal to receive digital TV via an aerial, ensuring that the vast majority of people have a choice of digital platform.
According to Digital UK, in Q2 2006, awareness of digital switchover in the ITV regions covering the South West was as follows:
ITV region Percentage West country 77 West 175 Central 66 1 Small base size, to be viewed as indicative only.
1 Small base size, to be viewed as indicative only.
Information is not available by parliamentary constituency.
Ofcom calculate digital terrestrial television coverage using a computer model dividing the UK into units of 50 metre squares using a database with details of all UK transmitter locations, frequencies, heights and powers. The model also makes assumptions about the height and condition of viewers’ aerials, the effects of incoming interference from distant UK and continental transmitters.
The digital terrestrial television network cannot be extended before digital switchover as additional transmitters would interfere with the existing analogue signals.
DCMS does not hold specific information for Blaenau Gwent.
Research for Ofcom/Digital UK Switchover Tracker, which measures readiness for switchover in each region, demonstrates Wales has one of the highest levels of switchover awareness (71 per cent.). Wales has the highest take-up of digital television in any UK region. As of March 2006, 80 per cent. of Welsh households already had digital TV (Ofcom, Q1 2006).