Brian Groves is one of the digital television experts at Bundaberg’s Retravision store.
Brian Groves is one of the digital television experts at Bundaberg’s Retravision store. Rob Barich

Digital TV switch looming

THE Bundaberg region will be among the first to lose its analogue television service, the federal government has announced.

From the middle of next year, the old television service will be switched off and people will only have access to the digital service if they buy a set-top box to convert their analogue television or buy a digital TV.

Not all residents are happy with the move, saying the digital TV service that already exists in their region is below par.

Miriam Vale resident Pauline Hills said she was able to receive all the ABC channels — and that was it.

“I’ve never ever had any other digital channel,” she said.

“I’m living in the middle of town.

“You shouldn’t be turning off the old service until they can provide full digital coverage.”

As part of its digital TV push, the government has vowed to provide Australians with the full range of services regardless of where they live.

It has promised all Australians will be able to access the 16 available channels.

“Under these measures, all regional Australians will now receive the same television services as people in the cities,” Communications Minister Stephen Conroy told reporters in Canberra on Tuesday.

Bundaberg Retravision television salesman Brian Groves said he had seen an increase in people investing in digital TVs and set-top boxes since the Rudd government gave money to taxpayers in its stimulus package last year and the numbers had not dropped.

“Digital TVs have also dropped a lot in price in that time period,” he said.

The salesman recommended that if people wanted to hold on to their analogue television, they should buy a good quality high-definition set-top box.

“Digital TV gives better picture and sound quality,” he added.

For more information about the switch to digital television, visit www.digitalready.gov.au.



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