Analogue Switch Off

The Real Need of Digital TV

The transition from analogue to digital television has allowed broadcasters to offer significantly more channels using the same spectrum. The advent of DVB T2 and MPEG-4 has further reduced the amount of spectrum needed by digital television broadcasters.

However, governments are increasingly looking at means other than broadcasting as a way of delivering video. Already, through social media sites such as YouTube and video-on-demand services such as the BBC iPlayer or Sky Anytime, broadband is being used as a mechanism for streaming video.

The attached report by Human Capital considers the benefits of using broadband as a mechanism for video delivery for all but the most popular television channels, and how broadcasting is an inefficient way to distribute niche video content.