Port Melbourne, Australia (PressExposure) May 31, 2013 -- Jim's Antennas, the second largest antenna franchise in Australia, announced today that it will be assisting Australian consumers make the switch to digital TV reception. Their CEO, Andrew Parke, is on the Digital Switchover Taskforce, the industry advisory panel for this initiative. Jim's installers will meet industry agreed standards and smoothen out the transition process.
The Australian Government started phasing out analog reception of free-to-air channels from 2010. The switchover is taking place region by region, with the whole process of shifting from analog to digital transmission scheduled for completion this year-end. Digital television offers the viewing public a number of advantages, including better picture and sound quality, additional channels and other interactive features like electronic program guides.
One of the major benefits of digital broadcasting is that it needs lesser spectrum space than existing analog transmissions. This economical use of spectrum will free up frequencies for new services like wireless broadband and mobile utilities. It can happen only when digital TV services in Australia are restacked which will lead to some stations changing frequencies. Viewers will be required to retune their televisions, set-top boxes or digital recorders in order to continue receiving all the free-to-air digital TV channels.
With a nation-wide network, Jim's Antennas technicians are helping Australians make the transition to digital TV effortlessly. They are endorsed under the Antenna Installer Endorsement Scheme and can check antenna configuration for receiving digital TV, measure digital TV signal strength at homes, provide antenna selection and positioning advice and offer antennas, connectors, cabling and distribution equipment installation services.
The government's Antenna Installer Endorsement Scheme ensures people have access to experienced and knowledgeable antenna installers who can help them prepare for digital TV. The voluntary scheme is free for installers to join and though it isn't a qualification or licence, it's a way for viewers to know that the installer meets industry accepted standards. Installers are being endorsed at three levels: Domestic, Commercial and Satellite.
Every endorsed antenna installer will wear the "Get ready for digital TV" badge issued by the Australian Government. The badge prominently displays the installer's photograph, name, ID number, type of installation the installer is endorsed for and the endorsement validity.
Those who don't want to switch, or don't act at all will lose access to free-to-air television after the switchover is completed in their region. What it means is that those viewers will not be watching any TV.
Viewers can find out when their area is switching by entering their full address on the site [http://www.myswitch.digitalready.gov.au/]. They can also get additional help with the quality of their reception, apply for Government subsidies and free-to-air satellite service (VAST).
More information regarding the digital switchover is available on the Digital Switchover Taskforce website http://www.digitalready.gov.au/.