Last hurrah for analog TV
THE analog era will officially end in Bundaberg at 9am today - but not everyone is pleased with the new signal.
From this morning, only the digital TV signal will be available throughout regional Queensland, meaning older TVs will not work without the help of a digital set-top box.
Retravision Bundaberg browngoods manager Brian Groves said in the past few days, the shop had been constantly busy with people looking for new TVs or a set-top box.
"Basically it's the set-top boxes we are doing," he said.
"A lot of people have already upgraded their main TV and are upgrading for their second and third TV."
The switch will mean better sound and quality, according to a fact sheet published by the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.
"It's costly and inefficient to continue to broadcast both analog and digital signals," the department says.
"Turning off the analog signals will free up spectrum space that can be re-used for new services such as mobile broadband."
But a number of Bundaberg region residents who have already made the switch to digital are unhappy with the quality of the signal.
Bundaberg West woman Pauline Zunker has been frustrated with her signal ever since she upgraded to a digital TV in May last year.
"The TV just drops out all of the time," she said.
"It depends on the weather - it seems when there is storm around it is worse."
Ms Zunker said the reception was often pixelated or the sound was not in sync with the picture.
For her favourite shows, she said she had been able to compensate with the analog signal up until this point.
Fellow Bundaberg West man Chris da Pra said he had experienced some of the same frustrations.
"I would rather analog - it has a better signal," he said.
Mr da Pra said he had made the change to digital about 12 months ago because he was looking for a new TV.
- The analog signal will be switched off in regional Queensland at 9am today.
- The switch-off area includes Wide Bay, Darling Downs, Capricornia, Far North Queensland, North Queensland and the Central Coast and Whitsundays.