TV channels to change frequencies

BE aware: Some free-to-air digital TV channels will soon be changing frequencies across the region.

The moves, part of the national retune programme that will free up broadcasting spectrum for new services such as mobile broadband, will occur on July 9, the Department of Communications has said.

The retune will affect viewers along the Northern NSW Coast, who receive their TV signal from the Mount Moombil, Mount Nardi or Mount Springbrook TV towers, which includes viewers from Coolangatta to parts of Port Macquarie.

Main local suburbs affected include Murwillumbah, Byron Bay, Nimbin, Ballina, Lismore, and Casino, said the Department.

The best way for residents to find their retune day is by entering their address into the "Get retune info" box on the website at, the Department said in a statement.

After the channels have changed, viewers will need to retune their digital TV, set-top box or digital TV recorder to find the channels that have moved.

Retuning should not be done before July 9 as channels won't move until then.

The Department said the retune has been scheduled to avoid evenings and weekends, but there may be some temporary disruption to all TV services on retune day.

Service outages on the days before and after the retune may also be necessary, due to work being conducted at the transmission site.

As the retune simply moves free-to-air TV channels to a new location on the broadcast spectrum, it is unlikely to change TV reception or coverage.

For more information about the retune and scheduled outages visit the retune website or call the Digital Ready Information Line on 1800 20 10 13.

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