Rush is on for switchover to digital TV
The digital television changeover deadline is looming and thousands of people are still yet to make the switch.
Most viewers across Auckland have already gone digital through Sky, Freeview or Igloo but about 15,000 homes across central Auckland are still watching analogue televisions, national manager Greg Harford says.
That means all they’ll see is static when Auckland moves to the new system on December 1.
Most people only need a set-top box, which can be bought in electrical stores for about $79 for the most basic model.
Every analog television in the house will need its own set-top box or it won’t get digital reception.
If you have a video or DVD recorder you still want to use this will need to go digital as well. Going Digital campaign managers suggest using a digital personal video recorder like MyFreeview or MySky.
caravans will be on the road and setting up at community and shopping centres around Auckland to offer information and advice.
‘‘We’ve been quite surprised by the amount of people who were desperate for information. Sometimes there’ll be a line of people,’’ information officer Josh Peary says.
Many have already made the switch for one television set and are just inquiring about setting up an additional one, he says.
‘‘But there are still people who have no idea about the switchover and need to be explained from go to whoa how they’ll be watching TV from December.’’
Mr Harford is urging people to check on friends, family and neighbours to make sure they know what to do.
‘‘It’s probably going to become a priority for them in the next few weeks,’’ he says.
‘‘We’re really encouraging people to do it early rather than waiting till the end of the month because if they do and they need someone to put up their satellite dish or help them, installers are going to be pretty booked up.’’
A replacement television with a built-in digital receiver can be bought for about $300 or $400 and will require a UHF aerial, which costs about $70 to $100.
A few people will need to buy satellite dishes and that will set them back by about $150 or $200.
Look out for the Going Digital caravan at Sylvia Park and other places around Auckland.
Deadline looming: Going Digital information officer Josh Peary is helping people switch to digital television ahead of the December 1 changeover.