Bskyb has made its analogue infrastructure Year 2000 compliant, rather than rush to push its whole subscriber base over to digital.
"We are actively marketing analogue and we have no date yet for stopping," Ruth Watson, information systems development manager for BSkyB told VNU Newswire, "But it was obviously something that was discussed."
Had digital TV arrived sooner it could have saved the company the compliance work, as Bskyb's digital system was built to be Year 2000 compliant.
"We will continue to run analogue and digital, but at some point it will not be economically viable to stay with analogue," she added.
The Scottish Bskyb centres will be Year 2000 compliant by 31 March, Watson confirmed. The whole company is on target to being Year 2000 compliant by 30 June.
"Y2K has had dedicated resource funds, but we have found surprisingly few problems with our system," said Watson. "We really expected to have had to do more work".
"We have tested the best we can. Of course there could be a scenario because of a strange data condition, but we don't see any application being so badly affected that it will not run," added Watson.
Bskyb confirmed that it is now in talks with the finance department over changes for the Euro. "Analogue would need changes to be Euro compliant, so we would really have to see how long a life it has," said Watson. Again, the digital systems have been developed to handle multiple currencies.
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