Mobile broadband: the Switch Guide

Need-to-know facts about digital TV.

This guide provides essential information about digital TV and the range of digital TV services available in the UK. For more information about the terms we use, click on the highlighted words or see our digital TV glossary. To find out if you could save money, compare digital TV suppliers now.

What is mobile broadband?

As well as providing a better picture and true widescreen images, digital TV streams take up less space in the airwaves than the traditional analogue TV signal. This makes room for more digital television and radio channels plus interactive features such as "red button" information services, wireless broadband, local TV and High Definition Television (HDTV).

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How does mobile broadband work?

Yes - a digital switchover is taking place between now and 2012. As part of a government initiative, the existing analogue signal will be switched off to make room for digital TV transmitters.

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How does you get mobile broadband?

There's a digital TV package to suit every budget and can help you find it, from basic digital TV services such as Freeview, which involve a simple one-off payment to digital TV subscription services.

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What are advantages and disadvantages of mobile broadband?

Free-to-air digital TV, also known as terrestrial television , gives you free access to a number of digital TV channels. These include BBC1, BBC2, BBC3 and BBC4, ITV1, ITV2 and ITV3, Channel 4, Five, E4 and S4C. You don't pay a subscription - you just buy the equipment to receive the digital TV signal.

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What is mobile broadband coverage in UK?

Digital satellite TV involves the transmission of a digital TV signal in radio waves via satellite dishes. A mini dish will be installed outside your home and you'll need a digital TV set top box to receive and decode the signal and a viewing card. Sky is the main provider of digital satellite TV in the UK and provides all the digital equipment you need to get up and running.

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