Ofcom has set out plans to ensure minimal disruption to both analogue and digital TV services during the switchover process. The regulator has published its draft code of practice Digital Switchover – Management of Transition Coverage Issues that sets out the steps it expects to be taken to ensure the maximum protection to existing viewers.
When switchover gets underway in each region, BBC Two will be the first of the five analogue channels to move to digital only reception, with ITV taking its frequency. There will also be the need for digital boxes to rescan the spectrum as the digital channels move to higher power.
Ofcom is advising broadcasters to use a variety of migration techniques, including optimising antenna designs and adjusting the power of interfering services, to keep disruption to a minimum.
The closing date for responses is March 6, 2007.