LOCAL residents will soon be affected by a ‘national retune program’ that will see free-to-air television channels move to new frequencies.
After channels have changed, viewers will need to retune their digital tv, set-top box or digital tv recorder to find the channels that have moved.
The retune will affect viewers across the North Coast who receive their tv signal from the Mt Moombil, Mt Nardi or Mt Springbrook tv towers. This includes viewers from Coolangatta to parts of Port Macquarie. Main towns affected include Coolangatta, Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads, Byron Bay, Nimbin, Ballina, Lismore, Casino, Yamba, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Dorrigo, Nambucca Heads, South West Rocks, Kempsey and parts of Port Macquarie.
The best way for residents to find their retune day is by entering their address into the “Get retune info” box on the website at http://retune.digitalready.gov.au/.
Retuning is done using the remote. Viewers should start by pressing the ‘menu’ button on their remote then looking for the ‘set-up’ options. Next, they should try to select words like ‘channels’ or ‘auto-tuning’ and follow the prompts. A scanning bar may appear so when the scan finishes, you should be able to receive all the digital tv channels.
A video and three-step guide to retuning is available on the website http://retune.digitalready.gov.au/.
It may be useful for viewers to write down their favourite channel, program recording and parental lock settings before retuning.
The retune won’t affect viewers watching tv through the Viewer Access Satellite Television (VAST) service. For those watching free-to-air channels via pay tv, the set-top box may be retuned by the provider.
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