Less than 100 days left to go digital
Time is fast running out for people in the South Island who
are still to go digital.
Friday January 18 marked 100 days until television across the
South Island goes digital. After 28 April everyone who wants
to watch TV will need to have Freeview, SKY, Igloo or
TelstraClear cable TV.
Nearly nine out of 10 households across the South Island have
gone digital and will be able to continue watching TV after
28 April. However over 10 per cent of households have not
gone digital and will only be able to watch TV for another
100 days unless they take action.
"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 the South Island
who wants to keep watching TV knows what they need to do,"
said Going Digital National Manager Greg Harford.
Over the next 100 days Going Digital staff will be out and
about in the South Island talking with people and discussing
what needs to be done to make sure everyone can keep watching
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. "The services available
differ depending on where you live so it pays to check," said
I'm recommending people take action now to go digital. When
Hawke's Bay went digital last year there were people who
waited until the last minute and then had to go without TV
for a time because installers were fully booked," said Mr
Another thing to keep in mind is the fact that every TV needs
to go digital if it is to continue receiving pictures as do
DVD and video recorders.
Anyone with questions on the move to digital TV can
visit www.goingdigital.co.nz or call 0800
For media enquiries contact Going Digital Senior
Communications Adviser Laura Jones on 04 472 3232 or 027 705
Going Digital Facts
- The whole of the South Island needs to have made the
switch on or before 28 April 2013 to continue watching TV
- The West Coast successfully went digital on 30 September
- Everyone needs to get Freeview, SKY, Igloo or
TelstraClear cable television to keep watching TV.
- TelstraClear cable is only available in Christchuch
- You don't need a new TV to go digital.
Where can I get more information?