Analogue TV on the way out!

The Government’s Digital Switchover Taskforce has finally reported its recommendations to Communications Minister Stephen Conroy. Conroy is expected to announce the date for region by region switch over to digital TV in parliament this week.

The Government’s Digital Switchover Taskforce has finally reported its recommendations to Communications Minister Stephen Conroy. Conroy is expected to announce the date for region by region switch over to digital TV in parliament this week.

The first region to switch from analog to digital transmissions is expected to be in northeast Victoria, centred on Mildura. This region already has a relatively high tuptake of digital-enabled TVs as Channel 10 has been broadcast locally on a digital channel since 2006.

The Taskforce believe that MIldura will provide a good test market for the procedures so that any difficulties can be monitored and dealt with before the major roll out. This staggered roll out follows the switch over model that was used in the UK when digi TV was rolled out.

According to reports in the Australian, the task force recommends that the switch-over process be started in the second half of 2010. The Government has already set a date for completion — December 31, 2013.

Field testing is currently under way to try to identify potential digital black spots, mainly in rural areas.

Source:The Australian

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