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Keith Smith flicks the switch on the analogue signal. Photo: Paul Martino, 7News.
Keith Smith flicks the switch on the analogue signal. Photo: Paul Martino, 7News.

Adelaide’s switch to digital television is complete are the old analogue signal was turned off at 9am today.

More than 500,000 households are now relying solely on digital technology, making Adelaide the first capital city to take the plunge.

Channel 7 technician Keith Smith had the honour of turning off the digital signal at the Channel 7 transmission tower.

“It is a momentous day – 54 years of analogue TV – off,” he said.

“Hopefully everyone has gone to digital and they are not just seeing snow.”

Some captured the historic moment on camera and posted their videos online, while others hit the shop.

Retailers say many customers have finally been forced to make the leap into the digital age.

“Some people are coming in on a tight budget and taking advantage of a set top box and some people are using it as an opportunity to upgrade their television,” said retailer David Brooks.

Then it was off to the dump to dispose of their old one – and many faced a two hours wait.

“We didn’t expect it to be quite so busy today, but then again, I suppose it’s a bit of a panic situation,” said Geoff Cook from the Beverly Recycling Depot.

For more information on the digital switch, visit www.digitalready.gov.au or call 1800 20 10 13.

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