TV Aerials and Coping with Digital Switchover

Have you read the news about the theft of important parts of the TVNZ television repeater in Whangamata last 16 October 2012?

The batteries and regulator of the TVNZ solar power supply were stolen disabling the repeater from sending TV signals.  Thus, Whangamata households tuning in via UHF aerials lost TV signals. 

At first, a lot of residents thought that their television sets have just conked out. Some homeowners bought TV aerials, parts and other gadgets to improve TV reception.

After several days of asking one another, they learned that the theft of important components incapacitated the TV repeater to transmit the customary TV signal.

In the midst of this technical debacle, the residents found out those households who have shifted to digital signal either through Freeview or Sky TV continued watching their favourite programs.

Whangamata is set to be fully digital TV in December 2013 yet, which means local residents will enjoy almost a year of analog TV signals. However, TVNZ deemed that fixing the repeater would be too costly and impractical because eventually the area will go digital next year.

With this, Whangamata residents have no choice but to find ways to access Freeview or Sky TV. Aerial installation dealers in the area got numerous orders of Freeview boxes and TV aerials.

Learning from this incident, Auckland and Upper North Island populace must be able to:

1. Know the digital switch over schedule in your area
2. Be digital TV ready before the final date of digital switchover in 2013
3. Start saving money to buy needed gadgets like, Freeview boxes, TV aerials or digital TV
4. Consult TV networks or aerial installation experts regarding signal disturbances or total loss in your area.

Yes, its very important to be ready for the final digital switchover schedule.  Being ready means you have the digital TV set, TV aerials, and set-top box.  Of course, it goes down to cost and to cope with possible price of your digital transition, saving money for this advisable.

It is important that you get reliable information from TV networks or TV aerials experts so that you are guided properly. Unless you know that the person has proven technical know-how, avoid listening and reacting from what other people say.

Best of all, it pays to be oriented correctly with whats going on with New Zealand TV signals through your trusted TV aerials expert.

Kiwisat Ltd is your trusted TV aerial expert.  Call now at 0800 563 458.

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