Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Digital TV

What you need
TV with a digital tuner, or
Standard TV with a set top box [STB, external TV Tuner]

Some set top boxes are High Definition [HD], some are Standard Definition [SD] Their use is interchangeable but to get the benefit of the HD STB you must have a HD TV. Sorry about the silly acronyms. [Wikipedia link about HD and SD]

Why?
  • Standard analog TV is going to be turned-off [list] Sydney - second half of 2013
  • With digital TV you can access captions [subtitles] which are broadcast with most programs, in English
  • Multiple channels in addition to the standard analog 5 stations [multicasting]
    ABC has ABC1, ABC2 and ABC3, all with different programming.
Links
Australian Communications and Media Authority page
Freeview [warning - dizzying website]
Media Access television page

Buying a new TV soon?
Consider a set which imcorporates a digital tuner. In Sydney there's only one station not represented on digital - Channel 31, negotiations underway. Channel 31 may not be available in your area. All other stations have at least one entity in the digital sphere, most have two. Some have three.
So you won't miss anything mainstream by going 100% digital.


Acronyms
TV
Television
STB
Set Top Box
HD
High Definition
SD
Standard Definition
ACMA
Australian Communications and Media Authority

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

You read it in Whispers

Thats right - BHA[Syd] has a blog page and you have found it!!

Now, I neglected to add my deafness blog address to the article.
That blog's name is "Curse of Silence" and the address is

I try to keep it up to date with things as they happen to me, and something may be useful to you if you or someone you know is deaf or on the way. I'll also report on items which might be important - submissions due for this or that government working party. Some of these items may also be included in the BHA blog as well.

Feel free to visit Curse of Silence - you can leave me a comment if there's something there which interests or you just want to say "Hi"

And come back here anytime too. Leave a comment.
Also - see "Tell someone, anyone" to the right, you can spread the BHA word to those who need to know, via email, Facebook any number of conduits...






Wednesday, December 2, 2009

2010 Deafness Forum Educational scholarship now open

A scholarship is available for post-secondary students who are deaf, deafblind, have a hearing impairment or a chronic disorder of the ear.

Applications - click the link below

2010 Deafness Forum Educational scholarship