EMERALD residents are gearing up for the switch to digital television on December 6.
Digital TV will provide households in Emerald and the wider region with better sound and picture quality than the analog system.
It will also provide access to the same number of channels as households in the city.
The Digital Switchover Taskforce and mascot, Digital Freddy, will be at the Emerald Show next week. There will be technical experts to answer questions about the switch and how to make sure your household is ready.
There will also be a live demonstration of how to use a set-top box, digital TV and satellite equipment.
Digital Switchover Taskforce executive director Nerida O’Loughlin said switching to digital TV was an exciting change but could be confusing for some people, which was why they were visiting the Emerald Show.
While most people will continue to receive their new digital TV signal from existing terrestrial towers, some households, which can’t access these signals, may be eligible to use the government funded Viewer Access Satellite Television service (VAST).
VAST provides all the free-to-air digital channels from the ABC, SBS and the commercial networks, including the digital-only channels such as ONE HD, Eleven, GO!, Gem, 7TWO and 7mate.
The switch is a part of the Australia-wide switch to digital-only free-to-air TV, where all analog signals will be progressively switched off by 31 December 2013. More information about the switch is at www.digitalready.gov.au, or phone 1800 20 10 13.
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