Wellington TV: Tune in, or tune out

Welly Freeview TVs must retune

Last updated 14:11 18/06/2012
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Wellingtonians with high definition Freeview TVs will have to adjust their sets On Tuesday to stay tuned.

Freeview HD stations were being moved to different frequencies to release spectrum for new uses on the morning of June 19, the Ministry of Economic Development said on its website.

Digital television was typically easier to re-tune than older analogue sets. Methods varied, but channels could generally be auto-tuned in one move.

Viewers with a set-top box or a television with built-in Freeview would need to access the on-screen menu and choose the 'set up', 'installation' or similar option.

They should then select 'full retuning', 'digital auto tuning' or similar and follow the prompts - choosing OK if warned all channels would be deleted.

The equipment should then automatically find the new frequencies, along with the names of the stations.

Some viewers could be prompted for a security code - this was usually available in the manual, so long as the user had not put in a custom code.

Viewers with a shared aerial or connection, such as those in an apartment complex, should contact building management regarding the changes.

More information was available at the Radio Spectrum Management website here or viewers could call 0508 33 66 33 toll free if they were having trouble.

Contact Luke Appleby
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