Dorothy Edwards has a moment with her old TV before upgrading to digital later this year.
Dorothy Edwards has a moment with her old TV before upgrading to digital later this year. Blainey Woodham

Dorothy's keen to switch

DIGITAL television is being fully embraced by 91-year-old Dorothy Edwards of Alstonville.

She will become one of up to 540,000 households across Northern NSW to switch to digital-only free-to-air television on November 27.

And Mrs Edwards is looking forward to watching up to 16 new digital channels.

"I think the programs on the TV (analog) at the moment aren't worth looking at," Mrs Edwards said.

"I'm glad digital TV is coming because you can get more programs on the television."

Northern Rivers residents can expect better-quality pictures and sound in a widescreen format.

Converting to digital television can be done in a number of ways.

Residents can choose to connect a set-top box or digital recorder to an existing analog TV or they can upgrade to a digital TV.

Rod Morrissey from Chandlers Betta Electrical in Lismore said many people were opting for a new television over a set-top box.

"For older people the trend is more towards buying a digital TV, otherwise with a set top box they'll have two remote controls which is very confusing for them," he said.

"Also the price of new TVs have come down in the past few years."

The Federal Government is ass- isting households with the switch over through the government-funded Satellite Subsidy Scheme and the Household Assistance Scheme for eligible households.

As part of the switch over, Byron Bay and Ocean Shores will have their towers upgraded.

To find out more about preparing for digital TV visit www.digital ready.gov.au or call the Digital Ready Information Line on 1800 201 013.

 

DIGITAL CONVERSION

Analog signal will be switched off on November 27.

Three options to upgrade from analog.

16 new channels available on digital TV.

Government schemes to assist eligible households.



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