22.5 C
Byron Shire
February 27, 2021

Early switchover to DTV

Latest News

Tweed Council rejects Casuarina disability viewing platform

Issues of queue jumping, the allocation of Tweed Shire Council’s resources in both time and money, and responding to...

Other News

Local fisherfolk caught in the parking fine net

FIsherfolk have been caught in the net of parking fines designed to stop travellers parking up for the night on the Tweed Coast Road and they are seeking help to access their beaches at night without fines.

Pottsville’s controversial Men’s Shed extension to be advertised

The controversial Men’s Shed at Black Rocks Sports Fields in Pottsville is seeking to expand its footprint 12m to the west.

Will the Lennox Park pavilion survive?

Ballina Shire Council will today debate the future of the Lennox Park pavilion/dressing shed, which is slated for removal as part of the Lennox Village Vision concept plan.

Bringing down the heat in our ‘hood

How well we survive the future depends on our vision for our towns and suburbs – and on how we bring that vision about.

Police confirm Main Arm drug operation

NSW Police have finally confirmed what pretty much every one in Main Arm already knows – they are conducting drug operations in the north of the Shire.

Housing affordability on agenda at Ballina

With the housing crisis worsening in Ballina and across the Northern Rivers, councillors agreed that something had to be done about the problem at their meeting yesterday.

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.

 


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

1 COMMENT

  1. I was eligible for a new earial only since I already had a digital TV. I applied and after waiting for a month I was told that the scheme was put on hold. So, as usual, do not hold your breath. You may get it by about Christmas or not at all. So much, again, for government promises.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Bringing down the heat in our ‘hood

How well we survive the future depends on our vision for our towns and suburbs – and on how we bring that vision about.

Resilience through biodiversity and awareness

The Byron Shire Resilience and Regeneration Roadshow will be in Brunswick Heads this Saturday, as part of a series of events across the region tackling the question: ‘How do we create more resilient communities in 2021?’

Housing affordability on agenda at Ballina

With the housing crisis worsening in Ballina and across the Northern Rivers, councillors agreed that something had to be done about the problem at their meeting yesterday.

Final stage of Lismore Base Hospital gets underway

The redevelopment works commenced in late 2016 and the final stage is now getting underway to complete the Lismore Base Hospital refurbishment.