Government offers help package for DTT transition

The Government has announced a pilot package of measures to drive the availability of improved television services as Australia makes the transition to digital services.
This package focuses on Australia’s leading digital television region of Sunraysia, centred on the city of Mildura in north-west Victoria, which is set to complete analogue switch off in 2010 and will ensure that free-to-air digital television is made available to all viewing households.
The suite of measures includes:
a package of in-home assistance to help targeted households; a new satellite service to extend access to digital TV; working with the local community to improve awareness and understanding of switchover; a labelling scheme to help consumers to easily identify digital ready products, and a national call centre and a web site providing switchover information.
The lessons learned during this pilot will help shape the activities of the national digital switchover programme.
Source: Minister of Communications press release
Item added: 2nd February 2009