It’s easy to tell if you will be affected. If you live in Tasmania and have an old TV set, you may already have noticed you are unable to receive all the channels that are available. ‘Secondary’ commercial channels such as Nine Gem, Seven Mate and Ten Peach are now transmitted using MPEG-4 only in Tasmania.
You can also do a simple test to see if you have an out-of-date receiver.
- Select  on your TV remote control – push  and then . Pictures and sound from [10 Peach] should display correctly on your screen.
- Now select  – you should have pictures and sound from [10 Bold] .
If you can see programs on these two channels, relax – your set is compatible, and you don’t have to do anything more.
However, if you see a black screen on [52 and 53], or an error message like “invalid channel” or can only hear the audio, your TV is not compatible with the coming upgrades.
These non-compatible older sets will need to use a different channel number for some of your favourite programs after 5 October. But don’t worry – we’ve made it easy to find the new channels.
- If you now watch ABC on channel 2, switch to channel 21
- If you now watch 7 TAS on channel 6, switch to channel 61
- If you now watch WIN 9 on channel 8, switch to channel 88
- If you now watch 10 TAS on channel 5, switch to channel 51.
These four new channels are already up and running. However, the new number for SBS will only work from 5 October 2023.
If you now watch SBS on channel 3, switch to channel 30 from 5 October 2023.