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August 4, 2007

Digital television in Australia

According to a report by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications, Information Technology into the uptake of digital television in Australia lack of certainty regarding analogue switch-off is a key failure in the drive to digital TV take-up.

The key recommendations include:

  • Switch off analogue television broadcasting nationwide on 1 January 2010.
  • Lift multichannelling programming restrictions for the
    national broadcasters as soon as possible and no later than 1 January
    2007.
  • Lift multichannelling restrictions for commercial broadcasters on 1 January 2008.
  • The current minimum High Definition broadcasting quota for free-to-air networks will be maintained until 1 January 2011.
  • The establishment of a testing and conformance centre for
    digital television equipment, with the provision of A$1 million as seed
    funding in the first year.
  • The establishment of a mandatory labelling scheme that will accurately identify television and digital reception products.

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Posted 4th August 2007 by David Jacobson in Web/Tech