Digital TV not far away
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.