SOME TV channels are changing their frequency as the final step in the move to digital-only TV.
You’ll need to retune your TV, set-top box or digital recorder when these changes happen in your area. If you don’t, you won’t be able to receive all free-to-air digital TV channels. For viewers in the Foster area, the date to retune is Wednesday July 23, while those in Inverloch will need to do so today (July 16) or as soon as possible.
These moves are part of a national retune program that will free up the broadcasting spectrum for new services such as mobile broadband.
Other areas which will be affected include Traralgon, Yarram, Leongatha, Maffra, Heyfield and Sale.
After the channels have changed, viewers will need to retune their digital TV, set-top box or digital TV recorder to find the channels which have moved. Retuning should not be done in Foster until after 5am on retune day as the channels won’t move until then. TV viewers in Inverloch should wait until after 3.30pm on retune day.
Retuning is done using the remote. For most systems press the ‘menu’ button on the remote. Look for settings such as ‘channels’ or ‘auto-tuning’ and follow the prompts to retune. A video and a three-step guide to retuning is available on the website.
The retune is scheduled to avoid evenings and weekends. Viewers may expect there to be some temporary disruption to all TV services on retune day. Service outages on the days before and after the retune may also be necessary, due to work being conducted at the transmission site.
As the retune simply moves free-to-air TV channels to a new location on the broadcast spectrum, it is unlikely to change TV reception or coverage.
For more information about the retune, scheduled outages, or to sign up for an SMS or email reminder, visit the retune website at www.retune.digitalready.gov.au or call the Digital Ready Information Line on 1800 201 013, 8am to 10pm, which is available seven days per week.