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):
- Adelaide: April 2 2013
- Tasmania: April 9 2013
- Perth: April 16 2013
- Brisbane/Gold Coast/Sunshine Coast: May 28 2013
- Darwin: July 30 2013
- Sydney/Gosford: December 3 2013
- Melbourne: December 10 2013
We know that 80 per cent of households have switched their main TV to digital already. Nonetheless, I fear there's plenty of room for more sensationalist reporting involving pensioners before full switchover happens. More positively, when we've gone all-digital, it should be easier for networks to use their multiple channels for HD broadcasts of major sporting events, since they won't be obliged to ensure transmissions on analogue channels.