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Digital TV rollout for regional and remote WA.



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Senator the Hon Helen Coonan Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

Media Release

027/05 6 April 2005

Media Contact: Jane McMillan 0438 690 305 www.minister.dcita.gov.au

Digital TV rollout for regional and remote WA

The Australian Gov commercial television broadcasting services in remote and regional Western Australia, the M an

B A al channel, jointly run by WIN and Prime, will be broadcast in digital-

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V signals for viewing on analog television. A set-top box will cost from around $130 - but the se

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WIN and Prime will receive $1.210 million each per annum, to meet half the capital costs and h

“In recognition of the costs of digital conversion in remote and regional communities across A R te

“T te wers will be able to enjoy the same

viewing choices as those enjoyed in larger centres.”

ernment has approved funding assistance for the introduction of digital

inister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Helen Coonan, nounced today.

oth existing commercial television services will be available in digital as well as analog mode. n additional commerci

very regional community outside Perth stands to benefit from this digital rollout, negotiated ith the regional broadcasters, WIN and Prime television,” Senator Coonan said.

here they live in Western Australia.”

iewers can simply purchase either a digital television or a set-top box that converts digital

rvice itself is free-to-air.

he Minister said that analog and digital transm give viewers plenty of time to upgrade their technology.

he rollout to remote and regional Western Australia is expected to begin in the second half of 006, once necessary legislation h

nder the Government’s Regional Equalisation Plan (REP), $19.36 million in financial sistance will be provided to the broadcasters over eight years.

alf of eight years’ digital operation costs.

ustralia, the Government is providing more than $250 million in total funding through the EP, to assist regional and remote broadcasters with the cost of the introduction of digital levision services.”

he Government is also providing funding for the progressive rollout of ABC and SBS digital levision services throughout Australia. Regional vie