The NSW outback town of Broken Hill and regional areas of South Australia are today waking up to a digital TV-only existance with the permanent switch off yesterday of analog TV services in those areas.

The switchover is part of the federal government’s Australian-wide plan to switch to digital-only free-to-air television that culminates in December 2013 when the major capital cities finally make the switch.

Mildura and the Sunraysia region of Western Victoria were the first areas to switch on June 30, 2010. Other regional areas of the country will continue to make the change at six-monthly intervals until December 2013 with the Gippsland, North Central (Bendigo), South West (Ballarat) and Goulburn Valley (Albury/Wodonga) regions of Victoria the next to go on May 5 next year.

If you’re not sure of your regional changeover time, here’s the complete timetable as it currently stands:

Type Switchover Area Major centres Window
VIC Mildura/Sunraysia Mildura 30 June 2010
SA Broken Hill Broken Hill 15 December 2010
SA Riverland Renmark and Loxton 15 December 2010
SA Mt Gambier/South East South Australia Mt Gambier, Naracoorte and Bordertown 15 December 2010
SA Spencer Gulf Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Port Augusta 15 December 2010
VIC Gippsland Traralgon, Bairnsdale and Malacoota 5 May 2011
VIC North Central Victoria Bendigo and Swan Hill 5 May 2011
VIC South West Victoria Ballarat, Warrnambool and Horsham 5 May 2011
VIC Goulburn Valley/Upper Murray Albury/Wodonga, Wangaratta and Shepparton 5 May 2011
QLD Wide Bay Hervey Bay, Bundaberg and Maryborough 2nd Half 2011
QLD Capricornia Rockhampton, Emerald and Yeppoon 2nd Half 2011
QLD QLD Central Coast and Whitsundays Mackay, Proserpine and Bowen 2nd Half 2011
QLD Darling Downs Toowoomba, Warwick and Dalby 2nd Half 2011
QLD North Queensland Townsville, Ayr and Charters Towers 2nd Half 2011
QLD Far North Queensland Cairns, Port Douglas and Innisfail 2nd Half 2011
NSW Griffith/Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area Griffith and Hay 1st Half 2012
NSW South West Slopes and Eastern Riverina Wagga Wagga and Gundagai 1st Half 2012
NSW Illawarra and the South Coast Wollongong, Ulladulla and Eden 1st Half 2012
NSW Central Tablelands and Central Western Slopes Dubbo, Orange and Mudgee 1st Half 2012
NSW ACT and Southern Tablelands Canberra, Thredbo and Cooma 1st Half 2012
NSW North West Slopes and Plains Tamworth, Armidale and Inverell 2nd Half 2012
NSW Richmond/Tweed Byron Bay, Tenterfield and Lismore 2nd Half 2012
NSW Northern Rivers Coffs Harbour, Forster and Grafton 2nd Half 2012
NSW Hunter Newcastle, Port Stephens 2nd Half 2012
Metro Tasmania Hobart, Launceston and King Island 1st Half 2013
Metro Perth Perth 30 June 2013
Metro Brisbane Brisbane, Gold Coast and Noosa 30 June 2013
Metro Melbourne Melbourne 31 December 2013
Metro Adelaide Adelaide 31 December 2013
Metro Sydney Sydney and Gosford 31 December 2013
Remote Regional and Remote Western Australia Kalgoorlie, Broome and Bunbury 2nd Half 2013
Remote Remote Central & Eastern Australia Darwin, Alice Springs and Mt Isa 2nd Half 2013

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