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Final Days For Australia's Analog TV 192 192

jones_supa writes "The switch to digital TV broadcasts in Australia has entered its final few days, with Sydney's analog signals being fully switched off today, 3 December. That just leaves Melbourne plus remote central and eastern Australia — and those areas will be switched over on 10 December, completing the country's transition to digital TV. The government runs an information site to assist the remaining crusty luddites with the switch-over."
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Final Days For Australia's Analog TV

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 03, 2013 @01:24AM (#45581291)

    even though I haven't lived in Australia since I was a kid, nor do i watch TV at all, it made me a little sad to see:

    I especially like how they played the 'go to bed kids' b&w clip and then the simulated 'switching off the CRT' images. Can't imagine how many grannies in sydney are bashing their TV trying to figure out what made it switch off.

  • by mjwx (966435) on Tuesday December 03, 2013 @01:36AM (#45581349)

    Analog degrades better if you're on the fringe.

    Digital is pretty much "all or nothing", with freezes, posterizing, etc.. if you've got a bad signal.

    If you've got a bad analog signal, you'll get snow and static, but you'll still be able to see what's happening.

    But digital goes further, so if you're on the fringe of an analogue signal, you'll get a decent digital signal (well, as long as they're being transmitted from the same approximate location).

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 03, 2013 @09:43AM (#45582819)

    You know what's really funny? That you posted that without actually looking for posts about not owning a TV. There's one asking "who still watches TV?" and one that casually mentions not watching TV, that were posted before your comment. That's the closest you get. If you'd at least written "half the comments will be" you'd have gotten away with making a bad prediction. But you didn't. Instead, you admitted that you didn't look at the comments and just sarcastically posted a link to a 13 year old Onion article that everyone has already read, and added insults aimed at some theoretical people.

    Number of Internets won by you: 0 (zero)

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