Budget '09: Digital TV wins big

Budget '09: Digital TV wins big

Summary: The 2009 Federal Budget has placed a significant focus on programs to support digital television initiatives over the next few years.

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The 2009 Federal Budget has placed a significant focus on programs to support digital television initiatives over the next few years.

For starters, Conroy confirmed additional Digital TV funding of almost $140 million over three years to assist with installing upgrades to home television equipment in certain cases, driving information campaigns to help the switch-over from analog televisions, and working with industry to ensure "a smooth transition".

In addition, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy announced additional capped funding exists to improve digital television reception in outer metropolitan Adelaide, if required, as "television reception in this area has troubled some residents for a number of years".

The Victorian region surrounding the city of Mildura will be the first to have its analog signal shut off — in the first half of 2010, with other parts of Victoria, regional South Australia and Queensland to follow, with the rest of the nation tailing behind.

Both the ABC and SBS have received additional funding specifically to drive Australian content, including a new digital children's channel for the ABC, and community broadcasters will receive $2.5 million over four years to go towards training programs.

Conroy also noted that the government was planning to meet its election commitments shortly to commission new digital television facilities for Broadford in Victoria and Currie on King Island, with the latter to also transmit ABC Local Radio to the Currie area.

Topics: Government AU, CXO, Hardware

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  • Bye bye community TV

    $2.5mil for training but nothing to prepare it for digital TV. Brilliant.
    anonymous
  • Stupid Conroy

    For crying out loud, Conroy, why don't you spend that money on upgrading broadcast towers so we can get digital receptions in rural and regional Australia. We have a broadcast tower on top of a mountain less than 5km from where we live, yet we can't get digital. Spend that money on expanding digital coverage, not on pointless digital propaganda!
    anonymous
  • Poor TV reception

    I agree with you RL. I live in a adelaide metropolitan area about 35km from the TV towers and still can't receive digital tv real good with a outside tv aerial. I think the government and the TV stations should use the money for more TV transmitter or boost the power.
    anonymous