The demise of ITV Digital has led to a call for the UK government to offer free set-top boxes.
Gerald Kaufman MP claimed that the government would have to consider the move if it aims to turn off the analogue signal in 2010.
The findings from a media select committee headed by Kaufman will feed into a draft bill, due to be announced next week.
But a government spokeswoman said: "We have no current plans to use taxpayers' money to provide free boxes."
She added that, as the number of self-install set-top boxes giving access to free-to-air digital channels increases, the price should become more accessible.
Regardless of set-top boxes, coverage of the digital signal and access to suitable aerials will inhibit take-up of digital TV in the near future.
Yehir Oweiss, managing director at TV and digital video company Hauppauge, said: "There are many different factors involved, not just set-top boxes. Digital terrestrial TV needs to become a more attractive consumer offering."
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