Ana­log off on the coast

Geelong Advertiser - - TAKE TWO - ANDREA HAM­BLIN

ANA­LOG tele­vi­sions have been switched off in Aireys In­let and An­gle­sea.

Dig­i­tal TV has come early to the towns, with many parts of Vic­to­ria — in­clud­ing metropoli­tan Mel­bourne — not due to have their sets changed un­til De­cem­ber.

It comes af­ter years of frus­tra­tion with re­cep­tion is­sues on the Surf Coast.

Res­i­dents pre­vi­ously voiced their pain at miss­ing out on the broad­cast of im­por­tant events, in­clud­ing last year’s Gee­long Cats Grand Fi­nal vic­tory. Un­like most trans­mis­sion sites, the An­gle­sea and Aireys In­let fa­cil­ity can­not broad­cast ana­log and dig­i­tal TV at the same time.

So from this week, only ana­log TVs fit­ted with a dig­i­tal set top box or new TVs will work in the towns.

Nerida O’Lough­lin, head of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s Dig­i­tal Switchover Task­force, said for most peo­ple the switch would be easy and in­ex­pen­sive.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to dig­i­tal­ready.gov.au or call 1800 20 10 13.

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