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Retune

Stay tuned for the retune

As the final step in Australia’s move to digital-only TV, some channels will change frequencies. After they’ve changed, you’ll need to retune your digital TV, set-top box or digital TV recorder to keep watching your favourite shows. The retune began in March 2013 and is due to be completed by 31 December 2014. Different areas will need to retune on different dates, so to find out your date visit retune.digitalready.gov.au where you can sign up for a reminder SMS or email alert.

Your retune date depends on your location and which transmitter you’re receiving TV signal from. To find out when the TV channels are moving for the transmitter(s) in your area, enter your address into the ‘Get retune info for your place’ box on retune.digitalready.gov.au

You’ll need to retune your digital TV, set-top box or digital TV recorder on or after your areas retune date (not before).

Do I need to retune?

  • The retune will affect most TV viewers in Australia.
  • Some equipment will automatically detect changes to the channels and retune itself, or it may prompt you to retune using your remote.
  • If you watch your free-to-air TV channels via pay TV, your set-top box may be retuned for you by your provider.
  • If you have lost a TV channel you just won’t be able to find that channel and you will need to retune.
  • The retune won’t affect people watching TV through the Viewer Access Satellite Television System (VAST), as only land-based TV transmitters are affected.

How do I retune?

  • If you are missing channels, you can start by pressing the “MENU” button on your remote then look for your “set-up” options.
  • Next, try to find words like: “channels” or “auto-tuning".
  • You might want to write down your favourites or your parental lock settings before you retune. Retuning might delete these settings.
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