So it’s far from clear when analogue television will actually end in America, but one way or another it’s coming, ready or not. After a decade of digital broadcasting, some people are still to be convinced to make the switch. The underwhelming proposals for Digital Britain promise universal access to broadband at speeds that might have sounded impressive a decade ago but lack long-term vision. In South Korea they are planning networks that will be many hundreds of times faster. This week we may finally find out whether the Kangaroo joint online video venture between the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 will get the go ahead from the Competition Commission. It has yet to receive approval from the BBC Trust. The bigger questions are now around the very viability of ITV and Channel 4 in their current forms. Meanwhile the BBC is progressing with a separate project codenamed Canvas to deliver online video to set-top boxes and broadband connected televisions. In the face of technological change and economic recession, the problems confronting broadcasters are profound. The future may be all digital, but it’s important to remember that plain old television is still an important part of most people’s lives.