Dig­i­tal TV not far away

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

With two-and-a-half weeks left be­fore tele­vi­sion in the up­per North Is­land switches to dig­i­tal, 8 per cent of Waikato is still on the old net­work.

From De­cem­ber 1, Mata­mata res­i­dents will need to have Free­view, Sky, Igloo or TiVo to be able to watch tele­vi­sion.

The only free view­ing op­tion is Free­view, which runs through a dig­i­tal re­ceiver or a TV with built-in Free­view.

You also need ei­ther a UHF aerial to tune into HD Free­view or a dish for Free­view Satel­lite.

Free­view man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Sam Irvine said it was im­por­tant to make sure friends and fam­ily had all made the switch.

‘‘We know a lot of peo­ple al­ready have dig­i­tal TV but we en­cour­age them to look out for oth­ers, es­pe­cially older peo­ple, to make sure they are ready.’’

There were a few sim­ple steps to fol­low for any­one who wanted Free­view in­stalled at their home, he said.

Firstly, check the cov­er­age in your area by go­ing to free­viewnz.tv/cov­er­age and typ­ing in your ad­dress.

Then check out what’s on the roof – if you have a UHF aerial or a satel­lite dish, you are set. If you have only an old VHF aerial (looks like over­sized pa­per clips), then you need a new aerial in­stalled.

Next, you need to de­cide whether you want to in­vest in a new TV with built-in Free­view, or you want to use a dig­i­tal re­ceiver with your cur­rent set.

Dig­i­tal re­ceivers start from $69 or, for live pause and record­ing op­tions, you can buy a MyFree­view re­ceiver from $350.

There are 22 chan­nels and three ra­dio sta­tions avail­able in Mata­mata on HD Free­view, while Free­view satel­lite of­fers 15 chan­nels and four sta­tions.

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