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Remote Central and Eastern Australia, less than 2 months to go until end of the analog era



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The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP

Minister for Communications

Remote Central and Eastern Australia, less than 2 months to go until end of the analog era

17 October 2013

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP Minister for Communications

Analog free-to-air television signals will be switched off throughout Remote Central and Eastern Australia (RCEA) at 9am Australian Eastern Standard Time on 10 December 2013.

"We are less than two months out from the end of the analog television era," Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull said today.

"From 10 December, free-to-air television in RCEA will be broadcast in digital only. It's time for viewers in those communities to make the switch to digital so that they will be able to watch free-to-air television after 10 December.

"More than 8.5 million households across Australia have converted to digital-only free-to-air television. If you are one of the 13 per cent of households in RCEA that hasn't converted, there's still time.

"Information and advice is available by calling 1800 20 10 13 or visiting the Digital Ready website at digitalready.gov.au"

The Household Assistance Scheme is available to provide practical help to eligible pensioners who have not yet converted. To find out if you are eligible, please contact the Department of Human Services on 1800 556 443.

If you live in areas relying on satellite services, you may be eligible for the Satellite Subsidy Scheme. You can check eligibility and apply online on the Digital Ready website www.digitalready.gov.au/subsidy or by calling 1800 20 10 13.

Remote Central and Eastern Australia and Melbourne are both switching to digital on 10 December.

"From this date, all analog free-to-air television signals will cease and Australia will be digital-only. It will be the end of the analog era.

"It will also be the culmination of work commenced in 2001 which has involved industry, government and the community working in partnership to deliver a better quality television service for all Australians."

For more information visit www.digitalready.gov.au or call the Digital Ready Information Line on 1800 20 10 13