A consumer facing government/industry entity will be created in mid 2008 to manage the transition. At 60% digital homes (primary TV only) a target date will be set. At 75% digital homes or 2012 (whichever is earliest) they will set a date. A one region switch off trial will be completed followed by region by region shut off (all completed within one year). ASO will therefore take place sometime between 2012-2016.
richms: Not soon enough IMO, perhaps they can fire up more muxes and more channels once the few 1000 remaining sky uhf customers are gone.
James Bond: My bet is January 1, 2012.
Which then poses the question as to whether prime will ever end up on Freeview or Sky will go it alone with their own DVB-T network. It's a stupid thing to do but stupider things have happened in the world..
Generally known online as OpenMedia, now working for Red Hat APAC as a Technology Evangelist and Portfolio Architect. Still playing with MythTV and digital media on the side.