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Digital switchover kicks off this weekend

Published: 11:37AM Monday September 24, 2012 Source: ONE News

The first stage of the gradual shutdown of New Zealand's analogue television channels will begin this weekend.

In 2010, the Government announced that the old analogue network will be progressively switched off and replaced with a digital signal.

WHO'S FIRST?
This Sunday at 2am, Hawke's Bay and the West Coast of the South Island will be the first regions to make the switch to digital TV.

These regions have been selected because they already have reasonably high high levels of digital TV use, and are therefore set up to help others in their communities get ready for digital.

WHO'S NEXT?
The rest of the South Island will move to digital on 28 April 2013.
The lower North Island and East Cape changes on 29 September 2013.
The remainder of the North Island moves over on 1 December 2013.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
After the first switch-off, viewers will only be able to watch television on digital-ready sets.

For those concerned that they do not have a digital TV, almost any TV can be made digital ready with a set-top box.

This typically requires the purchase or hire of either a UHF aerial and set-top box or a satellite dish and set-top box.

AM I READY?
If you already watch TV on Freeview, SKY or TelstraClear, you have already gone digital. If you are using a Freeview compatible device like a TiVo or PlayStation 3's Play TV you have also already gone digital.

WHAT ABOUT RECORDING PROGRAMMES?
Viewers have also been warned not to forget about updating their video recorder.

Every video, DVD or older personal video recorder (PVR) will need to be receiving digital TV from a set-top box if you want to keep using it to record.

HOW DO I FIND OUT MORE?
To find out more about the Digital Switchover go to goingdigital.co.nz .

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