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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Kuttsywood's Couch's 5th annual guide to Daylight Saving delays on FTA in Queensland


Welcome to a post that in it's five years of existence, has evolved to become a tradition and is well loved by all readers. This post also kicks off our 5th birthday celebrations, albiet two months early as part of our Super Weekend: tomorrow being the final part of the 2012 Vision: Simply The Best, a Broncos Dynasty. To help out with keeping the spirit of the first 2012 Vision post, on daylight saving this year alive, we will adopt a hashtag that is designed to be a wakeup call. #embraceDST is the unifying force, to get Queensland to join it's southern state counterparts: in not switching public holidays, but in switching our clocks ahead 1 hour. Earlier this year, I went to Miami, in the US, a city around the same distance from the equator as Bundaberg, yet they are on the same timezone all year round, as New York and Washington DC. DST means that the "Cruise Capital Of The World" isn't hampered by timezones during peak tourist season, like our tourism industry is. We begin this years guide: with a quick wrap of each channel's fixed offerings, although the floating offerings will be on the DST Updates starting next week.

Network Ten (and affilates)
One: (Ch1 Brisbane/Gold Coast, Ch50 regional QLD and Gold Coast)
Channel schedule will be on QLD time.
Ten: (Digital Ch 10 Brisbane/Gold Coast, Ch5 regional QLD and Gold Coast, and fringe analogue signal from Currumbin Hill (Ch30 UHF for Ten Brisbane, and Ch42 UHF for SC10 (reminder for Tweed Valley residents only)
Brisbane local news on Ten/SC QLD (inc. analogue fringe area), will be live.
Sydney local news on SC10 GC, and in fringe analogue area, will be delayed 1 hour.
National news on all feeds, delayed one hour.
Biggest Loser 2013 "The Next Generation", will be delayed one hour.
Breakfast, will be delayed one hour... unless it is axed.
Sport and other events, will be updated through DST update.
Eleven: (Ch 11 Brisbane/Gold Coast, Ch55 regional QLD and Gold Coast)
Toasted TV, The Loop and Couch Time all delayed by one hour.
Rest of schedule will run on QLD time.

Nine Network (and affiliates)
GO!: (Ch 99 Brisbane/Gold Coast, Ch 88 WIN regional QLD/NBN Gold Coast)
Channel schedule will be on QLD time.
Nine: (Digital: Ch 9 Brisbane/Gold Coast, Ch 8, WIN regional QLD, and NBN Gold Coast and fringe analogue signal from Currumbin Hill (Ch 45 UHF for Nine Brisbane GC feed, Ch 54 UHF for NBN Gold Coast (reminder for Tweed Valley residents only)
Brisbane, Gold Coast local news services produced by Nine (also affecting fringe analogue area), and regional QLD news services produced by WIN: live, or live to tape.
NBN Gold Coast news service (affecting GC and fringe analogue area), delayed 1hr 
National news, inc. Today and ACA: delayed 1hr, 1-1/2 hrs for ACA in Win/NBN areas.
Big Brother: delayed 1hr, 1-1/2 hrs for ACA in Win/NBN areas.
All other events, inc. sport, will be updated through DST update.
GEM: (Ch 90 Brisbane/Gold Coast, Ch 80 Win QLD/NBN GC)
Channel schedule will be on QLD time.

Seven Network, and Prime7 Gold Coast.
7Two/7Two on Prime: (Ch 72 Brisbane, Gold Coast, some regional areas of QLD: Ch 62 some regional areas of QLD, and on the Gold Coast)
Channel schedule will be on QLD time: Australian Open lead-in tournaments, will be updated via DST update.
Seven: (Digital: Ch 7 Brisbane, Gold Coast, some regional areas of QLD, Ch 6, some areas of regional QLD, and on the Gold Coast and analogue fringe signal from Currumbin Hill (Ch 39 UHF for Seven Brisbane, and Ch 51 UHF for Prime7 Gold Coast (reminder for Tweed Valley residents only)
Brisbane local (esp. for analogue fringe area) news, and 7 Local News bulletins: Live or live to tape.
Sydney local news service (affecting Gold Coast and analogue fringe): delayed by one hour.
National news inc. Sunrise/TT in Brisbane: delayed by 1hr.
X-Factor: delayed by 1hr, all voting is conducted using Sydney time.
Sport (inc. end of 2012 V8 season, Melbourne Cup, Australian Open and 2013 V8 season commencement) and other events will be updated through DST update.
7Mate (Ch 73 Brisbane/Gold Coast, some regional areas of QLD, Ch 63 some regional areas of QLD and on the Gold Coast.
Channel schedule will be on QLD time.

ABC Queensland: (Ch 2, 22, 23, 24 throughout QLD)
ABC1: QandA will be delayed.
ABC2/4: Schedule will be on QLD time except for Foxtel satellite customers.
ABC3: Schedule will be on QLD time except for Foxtel satellite customers.
ABC News 24: runs on Sydney time inc. live QandA.

However, Tweed Valley viewers must heed this warning concerning picking up ABC analogue: After digital switchover, on November 27: you will lose access to ABC NSW via analogue transmission: as Tweed Heads ABC NSW transmitter will not be converted to digital. Any fringe analogue signals from Currumbin Hill (which is not very far down the dial (on Ch 33 UHF) from the current Tweed Heads ABC NSW transmitter (which is on Ch 31 UHF) will be of ABC Queensland, and running on QLD time.

SBS:
SBS makes it's debut in this years guide, as a digital switchover warning for the Tweed Valley area: After digital switchover on November 27, you will lose access to a NSW-time based analogue transmission of SBS: as Tweed Heads SBS transmitter (on Ch 28 UHF) will not be converted to digital. Any fringe analogue signals from Currumbin Hill (which is on Ch 48 UHF) or Brisbane for that matter (on Ch 28 UHF): will be running on QLD time.

Both problems can be solved by upgrading to digital if you live in these fringe areas.

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