The Dutch End Free Analog TV; First To Go Completely Digital

A sign of the times … Overnight Sunday The Netherlands became the first country to go completely digital for TV. About 74,000 households still relied on over-the-air analog; 94 percent of the country gets cable. In exchange for licensing the bandwidth, Royal KPN has to provide some free channels and will use the rest for a pay digital TV package. Tuners run about $66. AP reports that the analog service cost the government about $200 a year per household. Some other European countries are targeting 2007 for the switch.