Digital TV survey to resolve technical issues

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Digital TV survey to resolve technical issues

A $1 million technical survey has been commissioned by the Federal government to address digital TV reception issues in ‘multi-dwelling units’.

The survey, to be conducted by Australian Digital Testing, will cover 600 apartment and townhouse blocks in Canberra, the Gold Coast, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.

It will concentrate on complexes that use a single aerial to provide TV reception within the block.

Expressions of interest are being called from strata owners, building managers and other relevant parties to have their buildings included in the project.

The selected buildings will undergo a full inspection and a free report will be provided highlighting the status of the building, conversion cost and likely time-frame of any upgrade, according to a statement.

Executive Director of the Rudd Government’s Digital Switchover Taskforce, Andy Townend, said the research will provide vital information ahead of the digital switchover, which will be completed by 2013.

“We will survey six hundred sites across the nation to provide estimates of the cost and time-frames needed to rectify problems within different sizes and types of buildings so we can provide timely and practical advice to the public,” Townend said.
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