Senator Simon Birmingham has heard a raft of complaints following December’s switchover to digital television in parts of regional South Australia.
“South Australians have reported a variety of problems caused by the switchover to digital TV,” Senator Birmingham said today.
“It is clear that people are facing problems with the switchover and that confusion remains about what assistance is available from the Government.
“This points to a failure in preparation by the Government and, to date, a failure to respond to the mounting complaints from residents.
“Examples of common complaints include regular and prolonged signal dropouts, pixilation, reduced picture quality, intermittent sound and reception black spots behind hills and in low lying areas.
“Problems appear especially widespread around Moonta, Snowtown and Port Augusta.
“I have written to the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Conroy, on behalf of a number of constituents urging him to investigate these mounting complaints and act to ensure South Australians aren’t left with poorer television services as a result of the switchover.”
Anyone wishing to report difficulties with the switchover to digital TV should call Senator Birmingham’s office on toll free 1300 301 638 or 08 8354 1644, or else contact their local federal MP.