Residents in Byron Bay and Ocean Shores who receive their signal from the local Byron Bay transmitter located at Paterson Street will be switching from analog to digital-only free-to-air TV earlier than the rest of the northern NSW switchover region.
This is happening because the Byron Bay tower is unable to broadcast both analog and digital TV services at the same time, so when the digital signal goes live the analog signal will simultaneously be switched off.
An exact date for the early switchover has not yet been finalised by broadcasters.
After the early switchover, everyone in Byron Bay will be able to access all 16 free-to-air digital TV channels from ABC, SBS and commercial broadcasters for the very first time.
To continue watching free-to-air TV after analog signals are switched off, households and businesses will need to ensure their televisions can receive digital TV services by either connecting a set-top box or digital TV recorder to their existing analog TV, or upgrading to a digital TV with a built-in digital tuner
Some buildings may also need to upgrade their antenna systems and cables to receive digital TV. Residents who rent their homes or live in buildings with shared antenna systems should check with their landlords or body corporate to ensure their building is ready for digital TV.
To help residents prepare for the early switchover the Digital Switchover Taskforce is hosting free information days in both Byron Bay and Ocean Shores. Residents are invited to drop by to find out more about the early switchover in the area.
The Byron meeting will be held at Byron Community Centre, 69 Jonson Street, Byron Bay, Tuesday 19 June from 3.30pm to 6.30pm.
The Ocean Shores meeting will be held at Ocean Shores Community Centre, 55 Rajah Road, Ocean Shores, Wednesday 20 June from 3.30pm to 6:30pm.
The Household Assistance Scheme is available in Byron Bay to households who have a working TV, cannot reliably receive the full range of digital TV channels, and receive the maximum rate of the Age Pension, Disability Support Pension, Carer Payment or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Service Pension or Income Support Supplement payment.
The scheme provides an entire package of assistance at no cost to eligible households including easy-to-use digital equipment, in-home installation and demonstration, 12 months’ after-care support and equipment warranty.
The Department of Human Services has written to eligible households in Byron Bay inviting them to apply for the scheme. If you believe you are eligible you can apply now by calling the Department of Human Services on 1800 556 443.
To find out more about how to get ready for digital television visit www.digitalready.gov.au or call the toll-free Digital Ready Information Line on 1800 201 013.