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Digital switchover goes without a hitch

Thursday, 16th December, 2010

The local digital switchover team that got the message out: (front, from left): Barry Hancock, Lorraine McIntyre, Peter McEvoy, Steve Southon, Norm Tweedie and Ray Gardoll (back) Gloria Channing, Pat Williams, Troy Johnson, Judy Parr, Des Bilske and Robert Zudetich with the Digital Switch Over mascot in Sturt Park yesterday The local digital switchover team that got the message out: (front, from left): Barry Hancock, Lorraine McIntyre, Peter McEvoy, Steve Southon, Norm Tweedie and Ray Gardoll (back) Gloria Channing, Pat Williams, Troy Johnson, Judy Parr, Des Bilske and Robert Zudetich with the Digital Switch Over mascot in Sturt Park yesterday

Televisions across the city yesterday made the switch to digital, with only two per cent of locals caught out by the switch off.

The city was one of the first in the country to switch from analogue to digital, and digital switchover liaison officer, Ray Gardoll, said the response has been good.

"We've been looking at retailers and the set top boxes have disappeared off the shelves," Mr Gardoll said yesterday.

He said the few people who had not made the switch might not realise they are eligible for a free set top box. 

"These could be people who are eligible for the Household Assistance Scheme, and they would have received two letters from Centrelink," he said.

The cut off date for the program is January 15. Mr Gardoll said over the past month he had noticed a "marked increase" in the amount of interest in the switchover, and he said anyone with a set top box would see the benefits of more than five extra channels.

"They should be in by July 1 next year," Mr Gardoll said. Southon Television's Steve Southon said he had phone calls yesterday from people who hadn't realised what was happening, but they would now.

"Tonight when they go to watch the news or something, and it's not there.." he said. He also said that over the past month he'd sold a very large number of TVs and set top boxes.

"Heaps of TVs," Mr Southon said.

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