Digital TV Switchover Assistance Will Include In-Home Help For Pensioners

SeniorForms.jpg In most countries where TV has switched to digital, the government has subsidised the cost of buying new set-top boxes for the elderly and other less affluent sections of the community. (One of the main problems with the US switchover has been a shortage of vouchers to help poorer households upgrade.) Australia has now taken a similar approach, with the government announcing yesterday that it will trial an "assistance package" in the Mildura/Sunraysia area, which in 2010 will be the first region to have its analog TV transmissions switched off. As well as the expected information campaigns and labelling schemes, there's an "in-home assistance" scheme for recipients of several classes of pensions (see the link for the details). There's no word yet on the exact details, and no suggestion of whether the installation assistance will also include subsidised set-top boxes, but if you're expecting to spend the year helping family members go digital, it's something to bear in mind.


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    Most people that are tech savvy know to start purchasing HD capable STB's- which means there are problems trying to decide what to do with perfectly good SD STB's. I have about two or three STB's I need to give away- adn there is only so many I can give my mother.

    You mean the geriatric slobs should be spoon fed a TV receiver, so they can sit around on their fat arses watching the idiot box?

    I would have thought a piggy bank, a horse whip and a bicycle would have been a better investment.

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