The final dates for local television going digital have been announced by Broadcasting Minister Jonathan Coleman.
The switchover will occur in four stages: Hawke’s Bay and the West Coast at 2am on Sunday 30 September 2012; Rest of the South Island at 2am on Sunday 28 April 2013; Lower North Island, Taranaki and Gisborne at 2am on Sunday 29 on September 2013; Rest of the North Island at 2am on Sunday 1 December 2013.
A statement from his office quotes Coleman as saying: "We’re planning for the start of a fully digital TV age where New Zealanders can enjoy better pictures and sound, more choice and benefits such as onscreen television guides.
‘’Almost eight out of 10 New Zealanders are already watching digital television and I’m encouraging those who are not to plan and prepare now.’’
The statement continues: "Households that have Freeview, Sky or TelstraClear, are already set for digital television. Other viewers do not need to buy a new television to go digital, but may need to buy a set-top box and possibly a new aerial or satellite dish depending on what equipment they currently have and where they live."
More information on the switchover to digital is available from www.goingdigital.co.nz