100 days until TV digital switchover begins
Thu, 21 Jun 2012 9:59a.m.
By 3 News online staff
Around one in 10 households in the Hawke's Bay and West Coast aren't yet ready for the switch to digital TV.
On September 30 – 100 days from now – the two regions will be the first to go completely digital, meaning anyone who hasn't got Sky or Freeview won’t have TV.
“Television viewing is one of the leading leisure activities in New Zealand and over the next 100 days we will be doing everything we can to make sure everyone in Hawke’s Bay and on the West Coast who wants to keep watching TV knows what they need to do,” says Greg Harford of Going Digital, which is part of the Ministry of Culture and Heritage.
“You don’t need a new TV to go digital but everyone will need a TV with Freeview built-in or the right set-top box together with a UHF aerial or satellite dish,” he says.
The rest of the South Island will go digital on April 28, 2013, followed by the lower North Island on September 29, 2013 and the upper North Island on December 1, 2013.
At the moment, 87 percent of households in the Hawke's Bay are ready, and 91 percent on the West Coast.
If you have questions, more information is available at www.goingdigital.co.nz or on 0800 838800.
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