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Anglesea and Aireys Inlet to access 16 digital television channels from 16 October

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Darren Cheeseman MP Federal Member for Corangamite

Senator the Hon Stephen Conroy Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Digital Productivity

Anglesea and Aireys Inlet to access 16 digital television channels from 16 October

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, and the Federal Member for Corangamite, Darren Cheeseman, today announced that people living in the area of Anglesea and Aireys Inlet will be able to access all 16 digital free-to-air channels from 16 October.

“Thanks to community advocacy and the tireless efforts of the local member, Darren Cheeseman, the Government has brought forward the switchover date so that households in Anglesea and Aireys Inlet can access digital television one-year earlier than scheduled,” Senator Conroy said.

“In just under two months time, residents in these areas will have access to all 16 digital free-to-air channels.”

Broadcasters have agreed to upgrade the Anglesea transmitter to broadcast digital-only TV. In the process analog will be switched off permanently to allow for the commencement of the new digital TV services.

“The Government has worked closely with the broadcasters to arrange the scheduled early switchover for Aireys Inlet and Anglesea and ensure nobody gets left behind in the historic switch to digital only TV,” Senator Conroy said.

The Member for Corangamite, Darren Cheeseman, welcomed the announcement.

“This is great news for people in Anglesea and Aireys Inlet. Television reception in the area has been notoriously poor, and we welcome this upgrade by broadcasters - not to mention the 16 free-to-air channels we’ll now have access to,” Mr Marles said.

“The upgrade of the local tower means that people will be able to start enjoying the benefits of digital-only television very soon - more than 12 months ahead of the scheduled switchover for the Melbourne metro region,” Mr Cheeseman said.

To access the new digital services after analog signals are switched off, people will need to make sure their TVs can receive the digital signal, either by connecting a set-top box or digital TV recorder to an existing analog TV, or by upgrading to a digital TV with a built-in digital tuner.

Work to upgrade the site to digital generally starts on the morning of the switchover day with digital services expected to be available in the afternoon. On the day of the switchover, people will need to retune their set-top box or digital TV.

If people in the area cannot receive services from the local transmitter they may be able to access the Government funded Viewer Access Satellite Television (VAST) service. More information is available at or Freecall 1800 20 10 13.

The Digital Switchover Taskforce will be hosting two local information sessions about the 16 October analog switchoff:

Venue: Anglesea Memorial Hall Address: Civic Centre Precinct, 1 McMillan St, Anglesea VIC 3230 Date: Wednesday 12 September 2012 Times: 2:30-4:30pm & 5:30-7:00pm

Contacts: Adam Sims (Senator Conroy’s Office) 0408 258 457 Fergus Vial (Mr Cheeseman’s Office) 0419 691 516

Date: 27 August 2012.