Northern NSW digital TV a fuzzy picture

THE Federal Government's promise to deliver crystal clear digital television has already been broken for many viewers throughout Northern NSW who live in digital black spots.

Mandy Rowe, of Barkers Vale, said she recently wasted $400 purchasing a digital set-top box, digital aerial and an aerial booster, only to discover she was unable to get any reception.

When she discovered she had no reception she hired an aerial installer to check everything was set up right. This cost an extra $90.

She was told there were too many hills where she lived for the signal to reach her, and she would need to purchase a $1500 satellite dish if she wanted to get digital television.

Mrs Rowe has now hooked up the old aerial to get less-than-perfect analogue reception.

“It's fuzzy and there are lots of shadows, but it's better than nothing,” Mrs Rowe said.

Analogue is due to be switched off on the Northern Rivers between July and December, 2012.

A spokesperson for Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said that the Government was aware of black spots.

The spokesperson said there was some assistance of up to $300 available to people on pensions and benefits.

However, it was only for those people living in areas where the analogue signal was due to be switched off within the next 12 months.

There is currently no digital black spot data base.



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