Flat dwellers left behind in digital race
Only one in two people who rent council flats have had their television switched to digital, according to research jointly carried out by Ofcom and Digital UK.
This compared with two out of three people living in all types of accommodation in the UK.
The survey showed that fewer council flats had been converted to digital TV than houses. Around 54 per cent of people renting flats had undergone ‘primary set conversion', meaning they owned one television that had been converted to digital, while 80 per cent of those renting a council house have had their television switched.
Seventy-four per cent of the population as a whole have had a television converted. Andy Townend, director of operations at Digital UK , said social landlords needed to make digital TV switchover a higher priority.
‘They need to factor this in to their business planning,' he said.
‘If tenants lose their TV, they will be as angry about that as they would be about their kitchens and bathrooms. Many landlords have upgraded their systems and we want to identify good practice and promote that.'