Digital TV Switchover
In parts of Australia, TV is broadcast in both analog and digital signals. The ‘switch’ refers to how the analog signals are being phased out (or switched off) across the country from now until the end of 2013. This means that Australian TV will be broadcast using digital-only signals.
Why is Australia switching to digital TV?
There are a few reasons why switching to digital TV will benefit all Australians.
Improved viewing experience
- There are new free-to-air channels, plus the current ones to choose from.
- With access to an electronic program guide (EPG) you can see the program schedules on your TV screen.
- You can watch TV and movies in widescreen.
Keeping up-to-date with international technology
- Overseas programs are increasingly being produced in the digital format only - going digital will enable Australia to keep pace.
Freeing up broadcast space
- Turning off the analog signals will free up space that can be used for other services for the community.
What other services can digital TV provide?
There are more options with digital TV services, which include:
- more channels to view through Freeview
- access to the new digital channels through some subscription TV providers
- the Viewer Access Satellite Television (VAST) service.