You may have heard the rumours that analogue TV is to be turned off in the near future, and unfortunately, particularly for those of us with older CRT television sets, the rumour is true. Australian broadcasters will turn off the analogue transmissions one by one at various dates throughout the country in 2012 and 2013.
Why are they being turned off?
With the advent of digital television, analogue broadcasting has been on borrowed time since digital tv’s conception. digital television offers all of your usual television stations in high definition widescreen format, as well as offering a plethora of new ‘free’ television stations such as Gem, Eleven and Go.
In addition, Electronic Program Guides (EPG) are standard. This allows you to see what is currently on at any given time without searching for the old TV guide.
So who will be affected by this change?
If you have a ‘flat screen’ television that has been purchased in the last 2 years, the chances are that you have a television that has an inbuilt digital tuner that already allows you to view these additional channels. If you have a CRT television (a CRT television is a ‘box’ style television that takes up a lot of space), you will not receive any television channels after they are switched off by broadcasters.
All is not lost though. If you would like to upgrade your old CRT television to a new flat screen television with an inbuilt digital tuner, simply give one of our friendly staff a call to guide you through the best choice of television for you.
Alternatively, your old CRT television can still be used. However, you will need what is called a ‘digital set top box’ to go with it. When integrated with your CRT television set, you will be able to view the new digital offerings, but will now need 2 remote controls (one for the television set and one for the digital set top box) to make it work.
Although replacing the television may not be the most cost effective option in the short-term, our current television specials will accommodate your digital television needs for now and the future.
Please feel free to contact me on 1300 VIDEOPRO or email email@example.com if you would like any advice on how to ready yourself for Digital TV.