THE national digital retune will reach the Monaro in the next fortnight, requiring residents to retune their televisions to continue watching free to air channels.
From Monday, June 23, digital channels will move to new frequencies, as part of a national programme to create more space for new services such as mobile broadband.
Bombala will be the first area impacted on June 23, when free to air channels, except SBS, are moved to their new frequency. The Bombala transmitter will impact Bibbenluke as well.
Across the Monaro, WIN and Prime frequencies will move on July, 2.
Cooma residents will see their remaining channels change on July, 9.
Les Sutcliffe from Leading Edge Electronics in Cooma believes many locals will be surprised when the changes take place.
"Very few people are aware that the Government recently auctioned a large transmission bandwidth to Telstra and Optus," Mr Sutcliffe said.
"This will be used for the 'new' 4G bandwidths as part of the 'digital dividend', many TV's in Australia will need to be completely retuned."
Residents, who receive their channels from Bombala and Cooma transmitters, will need to retune from 3.30pm on the previously mentioned retuned dates.
The Australian Government's Department of Communications is advising people to become familiar with their TV remotes before retuning. Retuning is done through the remote, by selecting a 'menu' option and then selecting the 'set up' option. Following this step, people need to look for phrases including, 'channels' or auto-tune' to complete the process.
A video tutorial is provided on the government website, www.digitalready.gov.au/retune, to assist people for the retune.
Temporary service disruptions will occur around these dates as work is carried out on the various local transmitters.
"Every TV in areas that were using bandwidth 5 will have to be retuned," Mr Sutcliffe said.
"The band 5 has been sold to commercial interests and raised quite a few billion dollars in the process."
For more information about the retune, or to sign up for an SMS or email reminder, visit the retune website, or call the Digital Ready Information Line on 1800 20 10 13, 8am to 10pm (AEST), seven days a week.