Getting Ready for Digital Television
Are you ready for the switchover to digital television? Between 2010 and 2013, existing analog television broadcasting will be phased out. By the end of 2013 our television services will be entirely digital.
So what is Digital TV and why do you need to know about it?
Digital television simply refers to the way that television signals are broadcast from television stations to a television set. It is the signal type that is replacing analog. Currently, analog and digital broadcasts are still transmitting side-by-side. Switching off analog will free a lot of broadcast capacity that can then be used to develop expanded television services, and a wide range of exciting new channels.
There are a lot of other exciting benefits with Digital TV. You can expect better signal quality, widescreen viewing and vastly improved pictures and sound. Digital TV will be a new experience in television home entertainment.
What do you need to be ready for Digital TV?
Upgrading and preparing for digital is simple and cost-effective. With a DGTEC high definition (HD) set top box or personal video recorder, your existing analog television set can be digital ready immediately. A set top box is a device that connects to your analog television and enables it to receive digital signals.
If you have a digital ready television, then you can access Digital TV via Freeview now. Please view our Introduction to Freeview page for more information.
Purchasing a new television
If you are purchasing a new television, make sure you learn about the Digital TV labelling scheme. The Australian Government has developed a set of labels to help you choose the right television or set top box for your needs. These labels are now being used in most electronics retailers.
This label indicates the television is Digital TV ready, with standard definition (SD). You will be able to receive standard definition free-to-air channels, but not the HD version.
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This label indicates the television is Digital TV ready, with high definition (HD). You will be able to receive the full range of digital channels, including all those available in SD.
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This label indicates the television is analog only, and can only receive Digital TV with purchase of a set top box. You can select a standard or high definition set top box.
If you are uncertain whether your current television is Digital TV ready, or for more information about DGTEC set top boxes and digital ready LCD televisions, please speak to your local electronics retailer.