Retuning your TV

With analogue signals now switched off, find out how to retune your TV

Retuning your TV

With analogue signals now switched off in the move to digital-only TV, some channels are changing their frequency. This is the final step in the process and involves retuning to allow your digital equipment to receive TV channels on their new frequencies. Retuning is necessary as some TV channels are being moved to make room for new services

Will I need to retune?
Unless you are watching TV through the Viewer Access Satellite Television (VAST) service, the retune will affect you.

What is the retune?
Retuning your digital TV, set-top box or digital recorder on or after your area’s retune date is necessary as, without retuning, you won’t be able to receive all free-to-air digital TV channels.

When do I need to retune?
The retune began in May last year and is scheduled to be completed by 31 December 2014. Your retune date will depend on your location as well as from which transmitter your TV receives a signal.

To find your area’s specific retune date, visit the Digital Ready website and enter your address in the ‘Get retune info for your place’ box at the top right of the page. It’s important to retune your TV on or after the date provided, as it won’t work beforehand.

What do I need to do?
While some equipment may automatically detect changes to TV channels and either retune itself or prompt you to retune, others will require you to take the following steps on or after your area’s retune date.

  1. Press the MENU button on the remote control for your digital TV, set-top-box or digital TV recorder.
  2. Find your ‘set-up’ options
  3. Look for an option called ‘channels’ or ‘auto-tuning’. Often a scanning bar will appear during retuning. When the scan is complete your TV should now receive all free-to-air digital TV channels.

These are the basic retuning steps, menu descriptions may vary based on your equipment. For more detailed and equipment specific instructions, visit the Digital Ready government website.


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