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Get set to make the big switch to digital TV this month

Brett Wortman

WESTERN Downs residents are advised that television channels will be changing frequencies over the next few months starting from Thursday, June 26 as the final step in Australia's switchover to digital-only television is rolled out.

Western Downs Regional Council Spokesperson for Corporate Support Councillor Ian Rasmussen said residents may needed to retune their television or set-top box in order to continue to receive a television signal.

"There is no requirement for residents to make any changes to cabling or aerials, if you are receiving a digital television signal now you will still receive one after the channels change. You just may need to retune your television or set-top box in order to get the new frequencies," he said.

"However, these new changes will not affect residents who are on free-to-air satellite television services such as VAST."

Cr Rasmussen said residents in Bell would need to be extra mindful of the changes.

"Because Bell receives television signals from rebroadcast equipment installed on Codys Hill in Bell, residents will have interruptions to television services on June 26 and again on July 31.

"Bell residents should keep an eye out for a letter in the mail from Council with more information on these changes and the dates they will need to retune their digital televisions or set-top-boxes."

Cr Rasmussen said Western Downs residents should take advantage of the 'Digital Ready' Government website to find out more information.

"I encourage residents to visit the 'Digital Ready' Government website to find out when their television stations will change and check it regularly for updates.

"We want to make sure all residents are aware of this upcoming change so please remind your family, friends and neighbours about the retune and be especially mindful of the elderly, and other sections of the community that could potentially be confused about what is happening."

These changes will affect free-to-air television services across the majority of Australia.

For further information, dates, and to register for email and SMS reminders, visit www.retune.digitalready.gov.au/

More information about the retune can be obtained by contacting the Digital Ready Information Line on 1800 20 10 13, 8am to 10pm (AEST), 7 days per week.

Topics:  digital, tv, western downs


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