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Most TV viewers have already made switch to digital

Mark Bryant of Ipswich Antenna Services has seen an increase in business with the soon to be switched off analogue TV signal.
Mark Bryant of Ipswich Antenna Services has seen an increase in business with the soon to be switched off analogue TV signal. David Nielsen

THE analog signal which has supplied Ipswich with its TV needs since the 1960s will be shut off in May.

TV watchers are being urged to make sure their box is equipped for digital TV before they lose the signal.

The analog signal, beamed from Mt Coot-tha to 1.1 million homes in Ipswich and south-east Queensland, will be switched off on May 28.

The Federal Government digital television tracker found that by September last year 93% of Brisbane households had converted to digital television.

Ipswich Antenna Services Belinda Bryant expects an influx of business in the coming months, but she said making the switch was not complicated.

Residents can watch digital TV by either buying a new television set or plugging in a set top box to an analog television.

If the signal is not picked up, the rooftop antenna needs to be adjusted.

"If people buy a new TV or a set top box they automatically tap into a tuning system," she said.

"If it comes up with a signal not found check the cables are in firmly."

Ms Bryant said the difference between a good and sketchy signal could be the antenna's positioning on the roof.

"You've got time. You've got five months to get ready.

"People can go to the government digital ready website which is a great place to start."

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy said a Home Assistance Scheme applied for some pensioners who could apply.

People who haven't switched to digital have almost six months to get digital ready before their analog TV signals are switched off for good.

"People who haven't switched to digital have almost six months to get digital ready before their analog TV signals are switched off for good.

"Once the Brisbane switchover is complete, over 4.7 million households across 10 switchover regions in Australia will have made the switch to digital-only TV. The rest of Australia will make the historic transition by the end of 2013."

DIGITAL AGE

  • Ipswich's analog signal will turned off on May 28.
  • 93% of households in the Brisbane area have already made the switch.
  • Go to digitalready.gov.au for more information.

Topics:  analog tv, digital tv, home assistance scheme, ipswich antenna services, mt coot-tha, set top box


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