Common Digital TV Questions!

To get a digital signal for your TV, you firstly need to have something that can decode the digital signal for your TV. Pretty much all new TV's now come with a digital tuner built into them, meaning that they can decode the digital signal no problems. If you have an older TV, or one that doesn't have an inbuilt tuner, you will need to buy what is commonly referred to as a "Set Top Box". This is essentially a tuner for decoding the digital signal for your TV. You could also look at using a PVR (Personal Video Recorder) in place of a standard Set Top Box, but more on that later.

Once you have a TV that can decode the digital signal, you now need a TV Antenna and cabling that can handle the digital signal. Most TV Antennas manufactured after 2000 can handle both analogue and digital. However, if your TV Antenna is older than that, chances are you may need to upgrade. The easiest way to find out is to buy your digital TV (or Set Top Box) and see how it looks. If the picture quality is ordinary, then you need to contact us to come and check your TV Antenna and Cabling.

The short answer is maybe. Digital TV is sent using a different signal to analogue, so it stands to reason that it would need a different receiver (Aerial) to work properly. The good news is that since 2000, TV Antennas manufactured in Australia have been able to receive both analogue and digital. So if you have a TV Antenna that is newer than that, then you should be fine (depending on what sort of condition it is in).

If your TV Antenna is older than 2000, you most probably will need to upgrade to a newer digital TV Antenna. Similarly, if your existing TV Antenna is becoming a bit worse for wear. Our recommendation is to plug in your digital TV (or Set Top Box) and see what your picture looks like. If it doesn't look great, give us a call on 1300 762 260.


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Brisbane QLD Australia

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