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I was in Singapore recently, and they are going through the process of switching to digital TV. Here is a comparison of their transition to digital TV compred to ours. Transition period Digital TV in Australia launched on January 1 2001, while analog TV was switched off between June 30 2010 and December 10 2013 - a total of up to almost 13 years. Digital TV in Singapore launched in June 2006, while analog TV will be switched off on December 31 2018, a total of around 12.5 years. Analog Swithch-Off Date Analog TV was switched off at different times in Australia, from June 30 2010 to December 10 2013. Digital TV will be switched off in Singapore at the same time, on December 31 2018. Transition to DVB-T2 Australia remained on DVB-T and is only lately experimenting with DVB-T2. Singapore began DVB-T2 transmission in December 2013, and will completely transition to DVB-T2 when analog TV is switched off. Warning Messages Australian analog TV channels displayed a warning message that people need to switch to digital a few weeks before they were switched off. Singapore's analog TV channels were already displaying the warning message in mid July (if not earlier), over 5 months before they would be switched off. In addition, they have "Analogue" written below the logo, which had been present since 6 November 2017. Pay TV penetration Pay TV penetration is about 20-30% in Australia and much higher in Singapore, so a smaller proportion of Singaporeans have to worry about analog TV switchover. NOTE: Some of the information above is from Wikipedia.
Hi there, I am not very expert in TV technology and i really need your advice. I have a Samsung Smart TV 7 series (bought in Dubai) and i am not able to get Free-to-Air Channels. I dont have any STB and no pay tv like Foxtel etc. I am not a big TV buff but want to watch free channels. I tried to setup using auto-tune and manual tune, but no luck. Also, there is something called "Area/Region" for setting channel in TV and i dont have "Australia" option in the list. I live in an apartment and each unit has a point to connect. Most of the people in my building are receving good signal and able to watch free channels. I called Samsung support and they said my tv doesn't has/support Australia frequency. They advised me to check with local retail shops or buy new TV. I dont want to buy new tv. does it work if i buy a Set up box such as Dick Smith HD Digital Set Top Box with USB PVR. I really need your advice. Thanks in advance. Pras