Tuesday, 8 February 2005
Dáil Eireann Debate
165. Mr. Penrose asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources his plans for the migration to digital broadcasting; when he anticipates the timing of the analogue switch off; the opportunities which may be presented to broadcasting here by the arrival of the digital era; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3609/05]
Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources (Mr. N. Dempsey): Digital television services are available in Ireland through a number of cable and satellite networks. The terrestrial broadcasting system is an analogue platform, and it will be necessary to upgrade this platform to a digital terrestrial platform over time. I am examining proposals in this regard. Specific analogue switch-off dates will be considered in light of progress in upgrading to a national digital terrestrial platform.
Digital television services will go far beyond what is available through analogue transmission. Digital television offers the opportunity for more channels, improved quality of service to viewers, including wide-screen and high definition television, increased viewer choice with regard to programmes, content and interactivity, and new methods of communicating to viewers.
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