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Set-top boxes

Set-top boxes allow most analog TVs to get digital ready. Now that analog signals have been switched off across Australia, if your old TV is analog, it won't receive free-to-air TV without a set-top box.

Should I get a set-top box?

If you don’t want to buy a new digital TV, a set-top box is an alternative way of making your old TV digital ready. Set-top boxes range in price from around $50 for a basic model up to around $1000 for a more sophisticated version (see Personal video recorders).

Set-top boxes are either standard definition (SD) or high definition (HD), and some have features like live TV pausing or recording to a hard disk or USB.

Before purchasing a set-top box, here are some things to consider:
  • with a set-top box, you can keep your old analog TV
  • you need one set-top box for every TV
  • if you receive government payments, you may be eligible for a free set-top box and installation. See Household Assistance Scheme for more information.

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