Analogue TV transmissions have now ceased on the mainland (and will have stopped countrywide by December) – the end of an era. I hope we are all recycling our TVs responsibly – this Ministry for the Environment recycling programme is great.
It isn’t necessary to buy a new TV to keep watching. Consider getting yourself a USB Key sized Freeview receiver and plug it in to your computer. TV reception on your computer with no need to buy yet another huge chunk of soon-to-be-obsolete plastic, electronics and glass. Some examples are listed here (I have no association with this particular seller / brand etc, I am not qualified to give official advice on Freeview products etc, my opinion only).
One of the main reasons driving the digital switch was to free up frequency bands for new 4G data services. There’s a good background piece on Stuff today.
I haven’t watched TV for the last dozen years or so (adds piss me off). But I still remember the excitement of our first (built from kitset) black and white TV in the early 1960′s. When there were just one or two national TV channels it was quite a unifying force in the country. Now we have fragmentation, choice, commercialisation, progress. Bah humbug. Goodnight Kiwi!