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Bringing a TV from Australia

Hi,
We are in the process of relocating to Zug from Australia.
I was wondering whether any other Aussie-Swiss had brought their TV with them.
I've noted there is lots of discussion about different formats. From the research I've done, it appears that Australia and Switzerland use the same format, but not completely sure.
If anyone has prior experience with this (or other Australian appliances) please let me know.

Thanks,

TanMan.
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Re: Bringing a TV from Australia

Hi,
I also brought my TV with me from Australia and am watching at right now. I have not had any problems at all... works fine!
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Welcome to the EF and soon Zug. I live just up the road.

I brought my tv over from the UK with no probs although i dont watch the local tv. I brought my Sky tv from the UK
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Same for me -- I brought a plasma TV from Sydney. If your TV's less than, say, 4 years old then I'd expect it to be set up for international use anyway.

Bear in mind that your TV is essentially going to be just a monitor here -- there is no free-to-air broadcast TV here so you will need to hook up to cable, satellite or internet TV, all delivered via a set-top box -- so many of the "compatibility issues" become irrelevant. As long as you can plug in an HDMI cable or other cables compatible with the set-top box, you should be fine.
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Re: Bringing a TV from Australia

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all the swiss tv is free to air but it is all broadcast using DVB-T, however the majority of people use cable to provide their tv signal. What is offered varies according to where you live. You will probably find the basic cable service is included in your rent.

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If you need help setting your TV up, call these guys, someone will ring your doorbell in 5 minutes
http://www.billag.ch
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http://www.billag.ch
That one wins the prize for the most unhelpful comment of the day.

to the OP - billag are the tax agents. you pay tax here to have a TV or radio...
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That one wins the prize for the most unhelpful comment of the day.
...it's only 9:01am, wait a little before handing out prizes, the day is still young

on a somewhat side note, is it worth to ship a TV from Oz to CH? Seems like it would be pretty expensive, no?
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Re: Bringing a TV from Australia

Brought mine, purchased in Perth in 2002. Works fine.

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Hi,
We are in the process of relocating to Zug from Australia.
I was wondering whether any other Aussie-Swiss had brought their TV with them.
I've noted there is lots of discussion about different formats. From the research I've done, it appears that Australia and Switzerland use the same format, but not completely sure.
If anyone has prior experience with this (or other Australian appliances) please let me know.

Thanks,

TanMan.
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all the swiss tv is free to air but it is all broadcast using DVB-T, however the majority of people use cable to provide their tv signal. What is offered varies according to where you live. You will probably find the basic cable service is included in your rent.

Have fun

Martin
Thanks for the clarification, Martin, I should have emphasised my main message which was that one does not receive TV transmissions via aerial in CH.
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on a somewhat side note, is it worth to ship a TV from Oz to CH? Seems like it would be pretty expensive, no?
Obviously not, if the OP is moving here with a container load of furniture, possibly paid for by his employer. In any case, why throw away a TV worth up to several thousand dollars/CHF for the privelege of overpaying for another here?
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From the research I've done, it appears that Australia and Switzerland use the same format, but not completely sure.
Yes, both use the same format, or compatible with PAL B/G broadcasts however with the advent of DVB-T and the likelyhood of you getting a set top box from someone like Cablecom, it doesn't matter. You'll be connecting with SCART anyway. So bring it!
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Re: Bringing a TV from Australia

Also check that your model of TV has a "Image Invertion" function, so
the picture is shown the correct way up in the Northern hemisphere.
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Also check that your model of TV has a "Image Invertion" function, so
the picture is shown the correct way up in the Northern hemisphere.
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Thanks everyone for their contribution.
Particularly weejeem. Wow, just as well you alerted me to that. But I guess I could just turn the tv over.

On some other matters while i have some aussies in the room:
1. Does the same apply for DVD players? (ie did you manage to bring your DVD player and play DVD's sourced from Switzerland)

2. Are most of you using plug converters, or have you replaced the plug with a European plug? (my understanding is voltage is ok from Australia).

Thanks,

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On some other matters while i have some aussies in the room:
1. Does the same apply for DVD players? (ie did you manage to bring your DVD player and play DVD's sourced from Switzerland)

2. Are most of you using plug converters, or have you replaced the plug with a European plug? (my understanding is voltage is ok from Australia).

Thanks,

TanMan08
It depends on whether your DVD player is multi-region or not. Australia uses Region 4, over here its Region 2.

I brought loads of electrical stuff from Australia. I went to the local hardware and bought a load of plug ends, and cut off the Australian ones & wired up the Swiss ones. No hassles at all. 1.50 Sfr each.

Using a plug adapter is a TOTAL pain - fine for short term only - necessary for mobile phones & other plugs with built-in converters.

A tip for you, bring a 4 or 6 plug power board from Aus. You can then just cut the end off that & have 1 Swiss plug, for 4/6 Aussie ones.
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