16,000 Wellington homes yet to make TV switch

Thousands of Wellington homes could be without television if they don't make the switch to digital soon.

Public information campaign Going Digital has this morning released figures showing more than 16,000 homes still have analogue televisions that will not work after the September 29 switch to digital.

At that point, seven months away, everyone in Wellington who wants to watch television will need to have Freeview, Sky, TelstraClear or Igloo. 

Going Digital national manager Greg Harford said when Hawke's Bay went digital last year there were people who waited until the last minute, and then had to go without television for a time because installers were fully booked.

"You don't need a new TV to go digital but everyone will need a television with Freeview built in or the right set-top box together with a UHF aerial or satellite dish,'' he said.

Anyone with questions on the move to digital can visit goingdigital.co.nz or call 0800 838 800.

The Dominion Post