Croydon Council could have to spend up to £2.5 million installing digital aerials at 888 housing estates before the analogue to digital change-over next year, and is investigating investing up to £700,000 more to allow top of the range equipment like Sky+.
Integrated Reception Systems (IRS) have been installed in 212 blocks across the borough, 4,180 flats, ahead of the switch-over but these do not have the capability to pause and record live TV, available with Sky+ and TiVo.A further 6533 flats are not connected to the official council system, though many have illegal satellite disks, and so will not be connected to the council IRS come the analogue to digital switch-over due in April 2012.
And who will presumably now start screaming about ‘their rights’…
Preparing a report for the council, Jack Skinner, a chief engineer, stated: “Consideration is being given to the remaining properties without a council owned IRS… deciding whether the council might have a responsibility, or a desire to provide these with digital television reception facilities and if so, to what extent and what this might cost.”
When did the council housing team become the provider of commercial TV services, rather than simply the arbiter of whether they could be installed by the tenants?