"It would have been desirable to have seen the satellite service made available a lot earlier and the repeaters ... up and running earlier. Just so there was more opportunity to get things switched over in a more orderly manner."There is one significant aspect of the conversion that most of the media have been overlooking in Australia, which is the viewers who don’t mind being left behind following the digital conversion. The viewers who simply don’t care if they can’t receive broadcast television. Some may see it as an excuse to cut television out of their lives altogether, while others may simply be so used to getting their TV content from other sources (i.e. DVD, Bittorrent, internet delivery, etc) that they simply have no interest in broadcast television. One would assume that there are a lot of younger people who fall into this latter category, a notion that has to be concerning for Australian TV networks. Today marks an interesting time in Australian television history. While digital television provides stronger picture clarity, better sound, multichanneling, and additional data services, it is also set to create a divide between those that have made the conversion and those that haven’t. At 9 o'clock this morning, the analogue system was shut off with television screens going dark. Some of them permanently.
TV screens go blank … some of them forever
Today marks an interesting time in Australian television history. At 9 o'clock this morning in Mildura, the analogue system was shut off, with television screens going dark. Some of them permanently.