Free-to-Air (FTA) TV
Free-to-air (FTA) TV in Australia has been broadcast using analog signals since 1956. These analog TV signals are in the process of being replaced by more efficient digital transmissions that are already on air in most locations.
On 19 October 2008, Senator the Hon Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, announced the timetable for switchover, which will see it begin in 2010 and finish by the end of 2013.
“The digital TV revolution is in full swing and Australians now know when they will need to be digital-ready,” Senator Conroy said.
Every Australian needs to prepare so they can access the benefits of the worldwide digital revolution. It is vital to start any necessary upgrade of receiver equipment and antenna systems now to avoid the anticipated rush in the lead up to the switch off of analog TV signals.
While most homes may not require any significant modification, others may need relatively modest upgrades to their antenna systems. This Handbook was developed by industry to assist those who live in single dwellings with their own antenna or aerial, which includes houses.