The new free satellite service being offered across the UK probably won't cause any dramatic changes in pay-to-view TV in the coming months. But we could certainly see the demise of FreeView, which the new service could make completely redundant. According to the BBC News service article, FreeSat is going to be made available in 98 per cent of UK homes, and will carry 80 TV and radio channels even in areas where FreeView is unavailable.

With television viewing on the decline anyway (youth in particular are reported to spend more hours per week using the Internet than they are sat in front of the box) this means the old fogies will have even more channels available to watch on which there is nothing but sit-com repeats, make-over programmes and other assorted superficial drivel, all neatly laced with the increasingly regular, irritating adverts.

So, no change there then.


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