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Digital TV Moves Forward Despite Stockholm Outage

Published måndag 3 april 2006 kl 16.06
Analog TV switched off

On Monday the analog TV transmitters in Uppsala, Västerås, and Örebro are being switched off, as Sweden continues to move to digital terrestrial television.

When the switchover began last Fall, the authorities were concerned whether households had received enough information, and if there were enough digital boxes available. The TT news agency says the project is progressing on target.

The shift is aided by an increased number of digital channels, with four new free channels and three new pay channels available.

However, there was a bit of a setback Monday morning as around 30 digital channels went off the air in Stockholm for 15 minutes. According to the newspaper ”Dagens Nyheter” a power outage at the Nacka transmitter station was responsible.

The transition to digital terrestrial television does not affect cable and satellite viewers, who already have digital alternatives.

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