I am one of those people who, while not always in the first wave of buyers of new technology, particularly in the home entertainment field, I am not usually too far behind. However, I am seriously concerned about the replacement of analogue television and the introduction of digital services. My present TV is about 6 years old. As the average life expectancy of a television is about 10 years, I will probably have to replace it before the analogue switch off in 5-7 years. The area where I live cannot receive digital TV broadcasts, and may not until the switch-over. Any new set I buy will have to be an analogue model. The problem is, it will become obsolete well before its 10 year life-span is up and I will have to spend even more on replacing it or buying an additional set-top box. Like many people, I also own a 2nd TV and some VCRs. None of these can receive digital broadcasts. Again, they will need to be replaced or supplemented with digital tuners. As far as I can tell, the whole digital revolution is nothing more than collusion between the electronics industry and the government to get everyone in the country to spend thousand of pounds on new equipment. Of course, the government will get its share of that in VAT, if not in additional tax revenue from the manufacturers.