Almost 7000 people in the South Island have taken up the only
free Freeview package available from the Government.
The ''targeted assistance package'' means people 75 and over
with a community services card, and those receiving a
veteran's pension or invalid's benefit, can get their
television connected to a digital signal free.
The package includes a digital receiver box, UHF aerial,
installation, training in how it works and an 0800 number in
case people run into problems later.
The package was announced in January last year and runs until
three months after the digital switchover.
Broadcasting Minister Craig Foss said nearly 90% of New
Zealanders were expected to switch to digital by May.
''However, the Government recognises that a small group of
people could need financial, physical or technical help to
''Our targeted assistance package is focused on those most
likely to be in genuine need, and will directly help elderly
people on fixed incomes and people with disabilities make the
transition to digital television.''
People have until April 28 to ensure they are receiving a
digital signal. On that date, the old analogue signal will no
longer be broadcast in the South Island.
So far, 6700 people have taken up the targeted assistance
package in the South Island.