Going Digital- Goverment assistance available - 19th Feb 2013

The Government has launched a targeted assistance package to support
those people most likely to face technical and financial barriers in going digital.

Everyone who could qualify for the package will receive a letter from the Going Digital team at least six months before their region goes digital details on how to take up the assistance.

The package is available to those who aren’t already watching digital television and are either:

• aged 75 and over with a Community Services Card; or
• recipients of a Veteran’s Pension or Invalids’ Benefit; or
• former Veteran’s Pension and Invalid’s Benefit recipients who transferred to New Zealand Superannuation at age 65 or over.

Those eligible for the programme will receive a Freeview set-top box and the right aerial or satellite dish. The equipment will be installed and training will be provided, along with technical support for 12 months.

For those people already watching Freeview, Igloo or Sky you are already watching digital television and you don’t need to do anything unless you have other televisions in your home that don’t have a set-top box.

Mr Harford said it is also important to remember that all televisions,
video, and DVD recorders will need to go digital if they are to continue
receiving and recording programmes.

For more details on how you can go digital or if you required detailed information such as brochures visit www.goingdigital.co.nz or call 0800 838 800.

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