Digital TV Conversion Still Inching Forward In Australia

Digital TV Conversion Still Inching Forward In Australia

Whatever its annoyances, digital TV will become the only TV game in town in 2013. Six months ago, 74% of Australian households had converted to digital. In the latest figures, that number has grown ever-so-slightly to 77%.

The figure is higher in regions where switchover has happened or is imminent, and is edging towards 80% in most capital cities. The big exception is Sydney, where the number is just 66% — but Sydney is the last region to convert. By the time that happens, as we’ve noted before, the digital TV debate may feel somewhat irrelevant anyway.

Digital Tracker Survey [via DBCDE


  • The analog signal show of been switched of way before 2013. As all way Australia drags behind the rest of the world. By the time we catch up it’s to late and the next thing is here. I mean come on, we are still using copper cable for are internet. We should of moved to optic fiber 20 years ago.

    • nonsense, Australians take up new technology quicker than most other countless.

      the reason digital tv uptake has bee slow is because it’s crap. yes, you get a better picture in theory, but what you often get is a blocky, screatchy mess of pixels and noise. analog may be inferior in quality, but it degrades gracefully and you can transmit to a much wider area using much less power.

      digital tv is 80% hype, people know it, and are right to be unconvinced. it is being forced upon us without a valid use case. I suspect the only reason the figures are as high as they are, is because of the flood of cheap widescreens with built in digital tuners.

      • The solid business case is that the government can make a mint from the resale of the free’d up spectrum…
        The PQ is significantly better as well (provided you can get picture) and multichannels sound nice, I don’t think they’re being used well though.
        The country folk that can get picture love it (My parents-in-law for example).. It’s doubled the number of channels they can watch from 3 to 7!!!

      • I don’t know about Sydney and the other capital cities these days, but I’m somewhat dissapointed as far as digital is concerned.

        Thankfully I’m not in a low reception area, as the drop-outs and skipping of the feed is unbearable in such a case.

        Reception and degradation of signal aside – We have 5 HD channels in my area at the moment. Of those, 2 are government broadcasters. The remaining 3 (operated by Southern Cross and WIN) are second tier channels: 7Mate, GEM and ONEHD. Pretty disappointing considering the traditional flagship channels (Southern Cross/7, WIN/9 and Ten) are all broadcast in SD.

        Further, regardless of the resolution used – the amount of compression used is ridiculous. Compression artefacts (the squares that become evident during fast motion on screen) are constantly visible, regardless of what’s being watched. Thank Christ I don’t watch a lot of sport. I don’t know technical details, but the sceptical part of me suspects that higher compression could allow for a higher amplitude broadcast, which would save broadcasters having to invest in more infrastructure to get their product out to the whole market.

        DVB-T *SHOULD* be a step forward for TV viewing, and has been touted by FreeTV Australia as being so. Unfortunately, it seems that the commercial broadcasters are only viewing it as a means to get more advertising time, without any real gain for the viewer.

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