NO SHOW: Kate Tovey with her newly purchased digital TV she has put back in the box because the digital switchover didn't happen. Kate and her neighbour Mel Buchanan are disapointed because they were ready for clear reception after years of fuzzy TV.
NO SHOW: Kate Tovey with her newly purchased digital TV she has put back in the box because the digital switchover didn't happen. Kate and her neighbour Mel Buchanan are disapointed because they were ready for clear reception after years of fuzzy TV.

No digital switch

JUBILEE Pocket and Mandalay residents will have to put up with fuzzy TV for at least a few more weeks because the planned digital TV switchover didn’t happen on Friday.

The Federal Government decided at the 11th hour that people weren’t ready to make the switch.

It was decided that more time was needed to ensure residents who were eligible for assistance through the Household Assistance Scheme were ready for the change.

Jubilee Pocket residents Kate Tovey and Mel Buchanan were looking forward to clear TV reception for the first time on Friday but were disappointed when it didn’t happen.

Ms Tovey bought a digital-ready TV and said they were well-informed of the switchover date.

She said this was going to bring them up to standard with other suburban areas.

"We are two seconds away from Airlie Beach, yet we are very isolated [with TV and mobile phone reception]," she said.

"It isn’t fair for the majority of people to miss out if just a select few weren’t ready.

"Some people had to borrow money so they were ready in time."

Mayor Mike Brunker said he had a suspicion the switchover was put off because of Tuesday’s Budget announcement for set-top box funding for pensioners.

The new switchover date is set for May 24 but Ms Tovey and Ms Buchanan said they wouldn’t be holding their breath.

More detailed information on the early switch to digital TV in Jubilee Pocket and Mandalay is available from www.digitalready.gov.au or by calling 1800 201 013.


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