Prinyar Boon wrote [in cypher which I hope to have decrypted accurately]: > There is one area in S. Wales that has been switched > over to DTV a trial to see what are the practical > problems on the ground There is a web site, http://www.digitaltelevision.gov.uk/dig_switchover/regional_rollout.html that shows the schedule for UK analog switchoff. It doesn't list any local tests, but it says Wales is scheduled for 2009 ananlog switchoff. It does allow you check by "postcode," which is what they call zip code here, so perhaps that particular test region would show up. In Italy, the DTT program is run by DGTVi. This page http://www.dgtvi.it/stat/Europa/Page1.html explains that the previous end-of-2006 analog shutoff date for Italy has been moved to 31 December 2008, "to align itself EU decisions." However, there were already supposed to be "all digital" parts by now, but this site http://www.dgtvi.it/stat/Aree_All_Digital/Page1.html has been morphing for months now, where hard dates have changed and then been taken away entirely. DTT coverage is expanding, but analog shutoff is moving to the right. Almost the same as here in the US, except of course our DTT has existed for more years than in Italy. One interesting tid-bit is that the govt subsidy for STBs in Italy only covers interactive STBs -- those which have a modem connection. You can buy simple STBs, but you get no assistance. In spite of Bob's constant refrains, I see very little difference between DTT rollouts in different countries, except of course Germany which has taken the bull by the horns in a few regions (Berlin/Brandenburg, Koln/Bonn, Hannover, Frankfurt). Euro DTT offers a definite program advantage over analog, though, which should give it an obvious appeal. And Euro DTT seems to be centrally planned in each country. And even then, uptake is slow in most countries. Some countries give lip-service to mobile capability, but it's not clear how much of that has translated to anything other than "try it and see if it works where you drive." Bert ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.