IN just 50 days, Northern Rivers' television viewers will join about 1.6 million Australian households already receiving digital-only television.
Federal Minister for Broadband Senator Stephen Conroy on Monday started the 50-day countdown from Armidale and encouraged Tweed residents to make the switch and get their equipment digital ready.
Senator Conroy said Australia's switch-over represented an important turning point in TV history and with five regions having already made the transition, Australia was well on the way to switch to digital-only TV.
"If you are one of the 555,000 households living in the Hunter, Northern Rivers, North West Slopes and Plains or Richmond/Tweed areas you should not delay, you need to get digital ready today," Senator Conroy said.
The switch over will take place on November 27 this year with all analogue signals turned off and only digital signals will be broadcast.
If you have already switched to digital, you won't have to do anything, however, for those people who have not yet made the move, it is high time to have a look at some digital equipment available.
Set top boxes, digital-ready televisions and internet television are some of the options open to you and now is the time to do your research and go digital.
Some residents may be eligible to receive government assistance towards to cost of digital ready equipment and need to contact the Department of Human Services on 1800 556 443 to apply.
Check out this Saturday's Daily News paper to find out more about the latest digital television equipment on offer.