Ready for dig­i­tal?

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Fri­day marks one month un­til TV goes dig­i­tal in Auck­land and Go­ing Dig­i­tal is urg­ing view­ers to check that friends and fam­ily mem­bers have got Free­view, Sky or Igloo.

‘‘Dig­i­tal TV is al­ready here, and you can go dig­i­tal to­day,’’ cam­paign man­ager Greg Har­ford says.

‘‘If you don’t have Free­view, Sky or Igloo be­fore De­cem­ber 1 you won’t be able to watch TV.’’

While most peo­ple have al­ready gone dig­i­tal, he is en­cour­ag­ing view­ers to check with fam­ily mem­bers, neigh­bours and friends that they have gone dig­i­tal and know what to do in or­der to keep watch­ing their favourite shows.

‘‘Aside from be­ing an im­por­tant leisure ac­tiv­ity, TV is an im­por­tant part of the way New Zealan­ders con­nect with each other.’’

He says sur­veys show about 45,000 house­holds in the Auck­land re­gion still need to act over the next month.

Go­ing Dig­i­tal has been work­ing in the com­mu­nity for nearly three years now to raise aware­ness of the move to dig­i­tal TV but many peo­ple may also value ad­vice from a friend or fam­ily mem­ber.

Go­ing Dig­i­tal also of­fers a tar­geted as­sis­tance pack­age to sup­port those groups likely to face the great­est fi­nan­cial and tech­ni­cal bar­ri­ers in go­ing dig­i­tal.

Peo­ple who meet the cri­te­ria and have not al­ready gone dig­i­tal are el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive equip­ment, in­stal­la­tion and train­ing free of charge, but they need to call ur­gently if they want to take up the pack­age and have it in­stalled be­fore TV goes dig­i­tal.

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