Dig­i­tal tele­vi­sion dead­line loom­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.

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