NZ Government announced analogue TV shutoff date

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 29-Nov-2007 17:35

Broadcasting minister Trevor Mallard today announced that analogue TV broadcasts in NZ will end within the next 6 to 10 years and expects a switch off date to be announced by 2012. This means that your existing TV will need either a DVB-T (terrestrial) or DVB-S (satellite) set top box to continue watching TV broadcasts after this date.

There has already been misguided comments by the media today that your current TV will become worthless which is not the case. Any existing TV will still continue to function after the analogue shut off however you will not be able to receive TV broadcasts without a STB that's compatible with Freeview, Sky or TelstraClear (or whoever else is around in 10 years time!) Within the next couple of years expect virtually every flat screen TV that launches in the market to have a built in DVB-T tuner that will receive the Freeview service using a standard UHF aerial so an additional STB will not be required.

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Comment by psycik, on 30-Nov-2007 08:45

Any idea if any of the sets are available anywhere else already?  Recently returned from OZ where they have a heap of DVB-T sets, but they're mpeg2 based are they not, where ours will need to be mpeg4  for dvb-t (or does this not matter). 

I know with the pc it makes a difference as you need the decoding codec h.264. 

Had a look aroudn the samsung uk site yesterday but none of their spec sheets list the format of the dvb-t tuner.  Just that it is HD ready.

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