Letter: UK must turn digital TV

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Sir: Television's future lies with digital transmission, which will offer more services and more rugged reception while using less spectrum. The leading article on your business pages implied that this is some far-off dream. Digital technology is inevitable: 1995 will see the introduction of digital VCRs and satellite transmission.

The UK needs to ensure that the benefits of digital transmission are made available to all viewers, not just to those with satellite or cable, and to all types of television sets, portables as well as those in the sitting room. The prize is significant. It is worth careful planning to get it right.

Yours sincerely,



Engineering Policy


London, W1

26 April