TV reception troubles to be solved

EIDSVOLD residents will be thrilled to find their television troubles are set to disappear, after the Rudd Government announced it would implement a satellite service to provide digital television to all viewers in regional blackspot areas.

Senator Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, said every Australian could look forward to enjoying good quality television.

“For the first time all free-to-air digital television services, including the original three commercial and two national channels, as well as new digital services such as ABC2, ABC3, SBS TWO, GO!, 7TWO and ONE HD, will be available to all Australians, no matter where they live,” he said.

Under an agreement reached with all television broadcasters across Australia, broadcasters will upgrade more than 100 existing regional analogue “self-help” transmission facilities to operate in digital.

The government will fully fund and build a new digital satellite broadcasting service for regional viewers who are unable to receive digital television from those facilities.

Viewers who now rely on “self-help” sites that will be upgraded by broadcasters under this agreement will simply need to install a high-definition set-top box to access a full suite of digital television channels.

For more information, visit www.digitalready.gov.au or telephone 1800 20 10 13.



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