Australia moving towards digital television standard
Every time a new generation of houses are built, there are new criteria in construction to abide by. Even home furnishing requirements change with the times.
Heating, plumbing and electricity used to be modern conveniences. These days it has become quite common to be equipped with central air conditioning and dishwashers as well.
More and more people are decking out their houses with surround-sound and entertainment systems that could amuse a whole neighbourhood.
Now, Australia is moving towards yet another new standard for residential property - digital-only free-to-air television.
Northern New South Wales is set to turn analog signals off in specific areas, beginning in southern and central NSW, the ACT and the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area on June 5 2012, followed by 540,000 households across northern New South Wales on November 27 2012.
Much of the state has already made the switch, with 84 per cent of households in NSW already having digital only.
Minister for broadband, communications and the digital economy, senator Stephen Conroy explained the switch is fairly painless. He said: "Residents can choose to either connect a set-top box or digital recorder to an existing analog TV or upgrade to a digital TV."