I don't understand what the digital scam is?
Replacement of the analogue channels with a large number of digital channels mainly showing repeats and, because programme making budgets are no higher, leading to dilution in quality of original programming - plus the need to buy set top boxes or maybe new TVs, recorders, aerials.
Should the question be "who benefits" or "who pays"? Whether or not people want access to more than their current channels they will have to purchase a set top box at least.who benifits from the set top boxes and tv's, not the broadcasting companies unless they have shares in the manufacturers business.
Vast improvement is a matter of opinion - and, as I said before, agree to disagree. Having said that, Ofcom (in their preliminary report on the provision of children's channels) have pointed to the reduction in quality - so you may well be right, John that once the changeover is complete the half decent free to air channels will disappear.I, for one, welcome the change and as JSW said it is a vast improvement and up to 80 channels instead of 5