Analogue TV Gets An Official Switch-Off Date

Analogue TV Gets An Official Switch-Off Date

We’ve long known that analogue television broadcasts were due to end in December 2013, but now we have an actual date. December 10, 2013 will see analogue services switched off in Melbourne — the last region to officially make the switch to digital.

Picture by João Paulo Corrêa de Carvalho

Here’s the full list of official switchover dates announced today, including capital cities (which have been kept until last so teething problems can be ironed out):


  • Yep, the south coast of NSW has already had ours switched off. I suppose we are the guinea pigs for those in the city then.

    Makes no difference to me, we’ve been on digital for over 3 years now.

    Thing that got me was on the local WIN news, they were telling people what to do if they weren’t digital ready AFTER analogue had been switched off.

  • Still waiting for commercial digital channels here. Only ABC and SBS broadcast in digital and probably won’t see commercial channels until next year sometime.

    But then, I guess they’re going to do a very short transition for us – turn on digital and a few months later turn off analogue.

    Joys of living in the bush.

  • I wonder what made them change the originally scheduled switch-off date for Sydney (and Melbourne?) of Dec 31? Maybe they suddenly realised no one would be working then…

  • I work as an engineer for one of the major channels (its a prime number :P) and we’ve been working our butts off to get the analogue cutoff completed by the tight dates set by the government. Not to mention the restack of the channel frequencies to happen afterwards. The government wants to sell off the analogue ranges as well as squeeze up the digital channels and resell the difference. Then of course we’ve been trialling MPEG4 instead of the tired MPEG2. Much more work involved than anyone could possibly imagine, but very necessary to move forward. Its unfortunate, but we will of course hear heartbreaking stories of people/pensioners who didn’t know about the cutoffs…we’re getting calls already from cutoff areas.

  • What really annoys me about this is the digital signal quality in my area.
    I get a poor (but watchable) signal from SBS via analogue transmission – just good enough to watch Letters and Numbers, but not really good enough for a movie or doco. But the digital signal is too weak to receive anything at all. My neighbours are in the same boat. I would rather have poor quality SBS than no SBS at all.
    I know I’m probably in the minority, but I’m Australian, so I reserve the right to winge. :p

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