The Australian government has already started to switch free-to-air television analogue signals to digital signals. This has been happening since July, 2010. Since then, some of the regions have been hit with this change and the government is taking steps to cover the entire country by the end of 2013.
Professional antenna installation is the next thing viewers would want to look at while this switch is in progress. It is advantageous to know about the switch over and prepare for it well in advance to avoid any interruption in your services. You may even have to change the TV model and invest in a new TV antenna. If you are prepared in advance, you will save some money and be ahead of everyone else and avoid the mad rush likely to occur.
Is it necessary to purchase a new TV while going digital?
Depending on the model of the TV set you are using, you may have to make the switch to a TV compatible with receiving digital signals. Majority of the older TV sets are only compatible with analogue signals. You can check the compatibility of your TV set with digital signals by checking the channel One HD on the TV set. If it works on your TV set, you may not need to install a new antenna to receive digital signals. You can buy a new TV compatible with digital signals or invest in a digital video recorder or a set top box to continue using the same set for the implemented changes. Depending on your budget, you can either make the change with a new digital TV or just buy a set top box to support digital signals. If you need help with new set top boxes and digital TVs, there are a number of quality professionals in and around the major cities who can help as well as staff in the major retail outlets.
If you do not have a digital antenna, you may need to invest in one if you want to view your favorite programs because when analogues signals are dropped completely, you may not be able to view any programs with the analogue antenna. Thus, the upgrade is the only option to continue with the services as before.
The technology is making a rapid progress and many of the existing channels have gone High Definition, which means that you can only view these channels when your antenna is compatible with the digital signal reception. High definition channels are clearer than the standard definition channels and you will have a better viewing experience with the same. When you have a high definition TV and a digital TV antenna, the combination will give you the best viewing experience. You can start looking for the options so that you can decide in time, which one suits you the best.