|World’s First Analogue Switchoff Rather an Anti-climax|
| Smooth transition to digital TV in the Netherlands with KPN receiving spectrum for HDTV and extra channels |
[This item is reprinted with permission from PolicyTracker, a London-based publication that covers the European spectrum scene very well. Hence, the strange spelling.]
Surprisingly, there was almost no reaction when the Netherlands became the first country to switch over to digital television, completely closing down analog transmissions. The country is 98 per cent-wired for cable, and only a few border hamlets don't have it. Analogue TV households numbered only 74,000 out of a nation of 18 million. Those who do not have cable have already been able to access almost the same offer via digital terrestrial television for the past two years. So it is not surprising that the Dutch Ministry for Telecommunications received almost no complaints when the shift took place on the night of 10 December.