Time to switch over to digital
THIS Friday could bring an end to years of fuzzy TV for Jubilee Pocket and Mandalay residents when they make the switch to digital TV- but only if the residents are ready.
By late afternoon on Friday, the TV signal towers at Mandalay will be switched from the analogue signal to digital broadcasting.
Residents must have a set top box or a digital TV or they won’t get any signal.
All other homes in the region will be switched over in December.
For Jubilee Pocket residents Damon and Tracey Storey, they are eagerly awaiting the switch.
The Storeys, and their two young children Sienna and Cameron, hardly watch TV because they only get one channel - and it’s fuzzy.
Mrs Storey said she had a phone call from a digital switch representative a couple of weeks ago to remind them to be prepared for the change over.
"I can’t wait for digital TV and all the channels for the kids," she said.
Electronics mechanic Dan Pini, who owns Dan’s Mobile Electronics, said he had been helping Jubilee Pocket residents with their TV reception for years.
He said he had spoken to a lot of people in the area who were already prepared.
"It is going to be the best thing that has ever happened for people who have been living there for years and years and have had dodgy reception," he said.
Council director of corporate services Jon Gibbons said residents should realise this was the only way to receive TV in these areas after Friday.
"We are hoping that no one will get caught out,’ he said.
"We would just like people to be ready when it does happen, so they don’t lose their TV reception."
The broadcaster’s contractors will turn the analogue signals off in the morning and by mid-late afternoon the signals will be broadcast in digital.
Following the switchover, homes in Mandalay and Jubilee Pocket should be able to receive channels including ABC1 and SBS ONE, ABC2, ABC3, SBS TWO, 7TWO, GO!, Eleven, ABC News 24 HD, SBS HD, 7mate, GEM, and ONE HD.
After the switch residents will have to re-tune their TV or set top box to receive digital channels.
All other homes in the region will be switched over in December and everyone who currently receives a signal will be able to receive these channels.
For more information about the switchover to digital TV contact the Australian Government on 1800 20 10 13 or visit: www.digitalready.gov.au