Analogue switch off completed

France switched off its last analogue transmitters in the Languedoc-Roussillon mainland areas and in overseas France French Guyana, Martinique, Guadeloupe and Mayotte, during the night of the 28-29th November. This brings an end to SECAM transmissions.
The ASO process began in October 2009 and in 2010 had covered 35% of the French population in 10 regions. By 2011 14 regions covering 65% of the population had achieved ASO. Coverage has now reached 97.3% of the population and those unable to receive terrestrial TV can view the free-to-air channels via satellite using a subscription-free smart card.
Source: Broadband TV News and L’Express
Item added: 5th December 2011