Rush is on for switchover to dig­i­tal TV

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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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.

Photo: JESS LEE

Dead­line loom­ing: Go­ing Dig­i­tal in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer Josh Peary is help­ing peo­ple switch to dig­i­tal tele­vi­sion ahead of the De­cem­ber 1 changeover.

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