The Chronicle: Digital TV Comes to Canberra

In just a few days Canberra will wave goodbye to the analog TV signal and hello to digital-only television.

I know many people are already prepared for the big switch off, and are looking forward to the new era of television in Australia.

And while I don’t watch too much TV myself (of course I always watch 7:30 and can’t go past a bit of Masterchef), the switch will give you access to more channels, a better quality picture and better sound.

The switchover is happening because these days, most overseas programs are recorded in the digital format, so it’s important Australia keeps up with these changes in technology.

It also means that many of us will have to upgrade our television sets or get a digital set top box connected.

Many older Canberrans have already taken advantage of the Government’s assistance program to help pensioners install a new set top box. If you would like to find out more about this scheme please contact my office on 6293 1344.

The switch also means many people will want to go out and buy a new TV. As a result, we will have a glut of old tellies that are no longer wanted.

So it’s just as well the very first free National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme was set up in Canberra just weeks ago.

There are two sites where you can take your unwanted TVs and computers – the Mugga Lane and Mitchell Transfer Stations – which are open from 7:30am to 5pm seven days a week.

On the first weekend the scheme was up and running, more than 100 tonnes of e-waste was dropped off at the two sites.

The good news is the recycling program is here to stay, so to avoid the rush, hang on to your old TVs and computers for a couple more weeks.

You can find out more about the digital switch over at www.digitalready.gov.au and the free e-waste recycling at www.tams.act.gov.au

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