Irish analogue TV signal is switched off, delivers its last words via Twitter

24 Oct 2012

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We do enjoy a good abstract Twitter account, and @AnalogueSignal is no exception. Only two hours in existence, the short-lived account sent its final tweets today at 10am when the digital switchover was completed.

Tweets from IrishAnalogueSignal on Twitter included one last Angelus “for old times”, the promise to never transmit another episode of Fair City if left on, and many tweets with the hashtag #letmelive.

Approaching the 10am switchover deadline, tweets warned us all that this wouldn’t stop presenter Craig Doyle from appearing on our screens, while its final tweeted words were interrupted by static.

The final switch to digital television was made by RTÉ’s Miriam O’Callaghan live on air today. Saorview, the free-to-air digital TV service, will now provide consumers with more channels in better quality – provided they upgraded to a compatible television set or set-top box in time.

A final call was made to push analogue TV receivers to upgrade in time, with up to 100,000 homes expected to go without a TV signal from today.

Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte, TD, who oversaw the switchover, has said this heralds a new era of digital broadcasting and will also free up space for mobile broadband services.

IrishAnalogueSignal tweet

Static on TV image via Shutterstock

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Elaine Burke is managing editor of Siliconrepublic.com

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