Digital television deadline looming
This Friday, November 1, marks one month until TV goes digital in the upper North Island, including the Waikato, 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. If you don’t have Freeview, Sky or Igloo before December 1, you won’t be able to watch TV,’’ Going Digital national manager Greg Harford said.
‘‘ While most people have already got digital TV, I’m 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.
‘‘Surveys show that there are about 7500 households in the Waikato region that 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 also value advice from a friend or family member.’’
Going Digital has a Targeted Assistance Package for those facing the greatest financial and technical barriers in going digital. This includes: Those over 75 with a Community Services Card;
Those receiving a Supported Living Payment for Health Reasons (formerly the Invalid’s Benefit);
Those receiving a Veteran’s Pension;
Former recipients of the Invalid’s Benefit or Veteran’s Pension who moved to New Zealand Superannuation at the age of 65 or after.
Viewers who meet these criteria and who have not already gone digital are eligible to receive equipment, installation and train- ing free, but they need to call the Going Digital group urgently if they want the Targeted Assistance Package, to have it installed before December 1.
‘‘Anyone who needs more information about Going Digital or the Targeted Assistance Package is invited to call our team on 0800 838 800, visit our website at www.goingdigital.co.nz, or come along to one of the many community information stands listed on our website,’’ Mr Harford said.