Glenn Wode says the countdown is on for Warwick’s switch to digital TV in December.
Glenn Wode says the countdown is on for Warwick’s switch to digital TV in December. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Signal clear for digital switch

THE countdown to the switch to digital television has well and truly begun, with analogue signals set to be switched off across the region before Christmas.

December 6 of this year has been pegged as the switch-off date and local technicians are urging Rose City residents to make the switch to avoid being left in the dark.

Those still taking a seat in front of an analogue TV set will need to either purchase a digital set-top box before December 6 or invest in a new digital TV set.

Owner of Glenn Com Glenn Wode said he has been assisting a number of locals make the switch to digital but said he anticipated more service calls as the day drew closer and even after the cut-off date.

“We have been doing about five jobs each week and we're just changing what we need to change – most people are pretty well set up,” he said.

He said installation was not always straight-forward under the digital system and some people may need help obtaining a signal.

“We used to be able to use rabbit ears but that won't happen anymore,” he said.

Mr Wode said set-top boxes range in price, with the cheapest ones only draining the bank balance around $25.

But he said there are benefits to forking out a little extra in preparation for the digital switch, with the cheaper ones likely to only deliver around 15 standard channels, as opposed to around 23 high-definition channels available through other devices.

Mr Wode said the set-top boxes he carries are priced at around the $105-mark, allow users to back-up and record programs and offer the convenience of easy service.

“If anything goes wrong we can change them on the spot, but if you bought it at one of the retailers you wouldn't have that option,” he said.



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