I'm a bit ho hum over digital TV move

By Heather McCracken

I am among those television viewers who are completely unprepared for the arrival of digital TV.

From September 29, Wairarapa will be following Hawke's Bay and West Coast by switching off the old television signal and going digital.

By then, you'll need to have a Freeview box, Sky or Igloo to watch television.

I don't have any of those, and I'm not sure that my very old, and quite charming 14-inch television (burglars take note - it would be of no interest to you) is equipped to cope with them anyway.

I can make my old telly go digital - according to the Going Digital website I need a Balun connection, which plugs into an RF modulator, which plugs into the set-top box, which is connected to the UHF aerial.

I don't have any of those things, including the aerial.

It's not that I'm a luddite, it's that most of the television I watch is digital anyway - I watch it online, when I get around to catching up on the things I've missed on broadcast television.

The Going Digital team who are promoting the change say in Hawke's Bay 96 per cent of people were ready for the change in September. I wonder how many decided they didn't really need broadcast television at all, and could get what they needed over the internet.

If you're not quite ready for the changeover either, a meeting is to be held in Carterton library at 10.30am on Wednesday where you can find more information about the switch. If you find out what a Balun connection or an RF modulator are, let me know.


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