Analog TV signals will be switched off across country Victoria on 5 May 2011. The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, has announced that all analog TV signals in regional Victoria will be switched permanently on 5 May 2011.
It is anticipated that around 455,000 households across Victoria, outside the Melbourne metropolitan area, with the exception of Mildura/Sunraysia which became Australia’s first digital only TV region on 30 June 2010.
“Regional Victoria is already well down the track to conversion to digital-only TV, with 76 per cent of households already converted, and 95 per cent of households aware of the digital switchover date,” Senator Conroy said.
Digital TV has a number of benefits. I tprovides more channels and better sound and picture quality, and many Australians have already adopted Digital TV.
Senator Conroy said that broadcasters are building new digital TV transmission services or upgrading existing services to bring digital TV to as many households as possible. These services are being rolled out before the 5 May 2011 switchover date.
The Government’s Household Assistance Scheme would provide support for eligible households which required some additional, practical help to make the switch to digital TV.
This includes households where one person receives the maximum rate of the Age Pension, Disability Support Pension, Carer Payment, or Department of Veterans’ Affairs Service Pension or Income Support Supplement.