Help is here for digital switch

Analogue television finishes on November 27. Digital television will be the only option from that date.

To continue watching free-to-air TV after November 27, local households will need to ensure their televisions can receive the digital signal.

Households can choose to connect a set-top box or digital recorder to their analogue TV or upgrade to a digital TV.

Households unable to receive adequate digital television reception from terrestrial transmitters can apply to access the Viewer Access Satellite Television (VAST) service.

Households that rely on TV reception from the transmitter at Robinson's Lookout on Girards Hill (which will be turned off in November) may be eligible for assistance under the Satellite Subsidy Scheme to switch to VAST. Applications for the scheme close on August 10.

Lismore residents are encouraged to check their eligibility now to avoid missing out.

Also, the Household Assistance Scheme is available to those who receive the maximum rate of the Age Pension, Disability Support Pension, Carer Payment or the Department of Veterans' Affairs Service Pension or Income Support Supplement and who may require practical help switching to digital TV.

To find out more about the switch to digital TV, the channels available in your area and the government assistance schemes visit www.digitalready.gov.au or phone 1800 20 10 13.


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