What is digital TV?

Going digital is a new way of receiving your TV signal.

A digital signal can carry more information than the old analogue network, which means it delivers better picture and sound quality. It also lets broadcasters offer more channels and a range of new services like on-screen TV guides.

Analogue is the way that we have received television signals since television began. The old analogue television network will be progressively switched off and replaced with a digital signal between September 2012 and November 2013.

Digital TV’s already here

Digital TV is already available nationwide, so you can go digital now if you want. In fact, most New Zealanders are already watching digital TV.

We're conducting regular digital tracker surveys to see how many homes are already digital. You can download a summary of the latest digital tracker results [PDF].

How do I know if I’ve got it?

If you already watch TV on Freeview, SKY, IGLOO or Vodafone, you have already gone digital. If you are using a Freeview compatible device like a TiVo or PlayStation 3’s Play TV you have already gone digital, too.

Bear in mind that TVs with a built-in UHF receiver − sometimes called ‘Freeview ready’ TVs − need to be connected to a UHF aerial and tuned into Freeview to receive digital TV.

The best way to double-check that you have gone digital is to make sure you have an on-screen programme guide and at least 13 channels.

If you haven’t got these things, you may need some new equipment or you won’t be able to watch TV when the analogue signal is switched off in your area.