Digital TV switchover

Christmas is fast approaching and in the lead up to it Sydneysiders have to get ready for something else: the digital TV switchover

According to the schedule set by the Australian government, analogue signals will be switched off on December 3 this year. A lot of people are not prepared for the digital TV switchover. Simply put, many households will need to change their old antennas to digital ready antennas. If you don’t this might mean that come December you won’t be able to get a strong enough signal to relay a reliable picture. You might have poor quality pictures. In some cases, you won’t be able to get some channels at all.

Digital channels are transmitted on channels 6, 8, 11, 12 and 34. The old analogue channels are transmitted 2, 7, 9, 10 and 28. Having the appropriate antenna that is built specifically for digital channels can make a big difference to the signal and picture you receive.

In some instances, you might even need to change your cables and amplifier to get ready for the digital TV switchover. If you have old flat ribbon cable it will need to be replaced. If you have old or poor quality coaxial cable an upgrade might be in order.

However, if you are lucky enough to live in a strong reception area you might not need to do anything.

Another thing that needs to be considered is whether or not your TV is suitable for digital TV. If you don’t have a digital TV and you don’t want to go to the expense of upgrading one, you will need a digital set top box. A set top box allows you to get digital services on an analogue TV. Although, keep in mind that the picture of an analogue TV cannot compete with digital ones.

How do I know if I am ready for the digital TV switchover?

The good news is we can call out and quickly inspect your antenna and use our purpose built meters to determine whether you will need to upgrade to a digital antenna. Time is running out fast. To make sure you are ready for the switchover contact us soon so that we can make sure that you can continue to enjoy your TV watching without interruption.