Digital countdown

02:46, Jan 21 2013

Ten per cent of Canterbury households are facing a race against the digital clock.

On April 28, television signal throughout the South Island will switch to digital.

90 per cent of Canterbury households have already tuned to digital, but the other 10pc will need to have Freeview, SKY, Igloo or TelstraClear cable TV (available in Christchurch only) to continue viewing after the switch.

With just 97 days before the switch to digital, Greg Harford, national manager of Going Digital, said there is a need to act now or risk not having television after April 28.

“I’m recommending people take action now to go digital. When Hawke’s Bay went digital last year there were people who waited until the last minute and then had to go without TV for a time because installers were fully booked,” he said.

Mr Harford said television viewing is one of the leading leisure activities in New Zealand and his staff would be doing everything possible to help the changeover run smoothly.

‘‘You don’t need a new TV to go digital, but everyone will need a TV with Freeview built-in or the right set-top box together with a UHF aerial or satellite dish,” Mr Harford said.

Going Digital advisers will be out in the community to help educate anyone that needs assistance and Mr Harford encouraged people to use their website and number when needed.

For more information go to or call 0800 838 800.


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