VodafoneZiggo to start analogue TV switch-off in April

Thursday 8 March 2018 | 08:25 CET | News

VodafoneZiggo, the biggest cable operator in the Netherlands, announced plans to end its analogue TV service in favour of all-digital services. The switch-off will start in April in the city of Capelle aan den IJssel and gradually roll out across the Netherlands over the course of two years. The freed up capacity will be used to increase internet speeds to up to 1 Gbps.  

The company said the switch from linear to on-demand TV viewing among consumers required more capacity on the network. An analogue channel takes up as much space as five efficient digital channels. The analogue switch-off will also support its upgrade to Docsis 3.1 for higher broadband speeds. 

Ziggo had around 550,000 analogue viewers still at the end of 2017, equal to 14 percent of its total TV customer base. They will be offered a free mini decoder, reports NRC Next. That can receive the 30 unencrypted channels from the standard digital package. Most TVs from the past ten years have a built-in DVB-C receiver.

Ziggo will complete the transition on a regional basis, and customers will be offered support at Media Markt outlets or with a technician visit. In addition to Capelle aan den IJssel, the first towns to go all-digital will be Alblasserdam, Bergschenhoek, Moerkapelle, Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel and Zevenhuizen.

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