SOME families have been forced to live pre-1950s style since Griffith was switched to digital TV last year.
Households across Lake Cargelligo and surrounds were essentially cut off from free to air TV when the analogue signal at Mt Bingar was switched off on June 5.
Luckily for them, a Griffith TV installer has fronted a campaign to bring them back into 2013.
While the transmission tower remains, the digital signal is not strong enough to navigate the terrain into the homes of Lake Cargelligo residents, throwing them into a TV "black hole".
Griffith digital and satellite TV installer David Careri, who runs Hire a Hand Installations, has been inundated with calls from desperate residents who want their TV back.
Mr Careri said the community has been left with three options: the VAST (viewer access satellite television) system which offers limited, non-local channels, pay-TV which not everyone could afford, or no TV at all.
"I think this is really unfair," Mr Careri said.
"These poor guys haven't got anything."
The only complete solution to the problem according to Mr Careri is a new transmission tower in the Binya Hills.
In the meantime however, Mr Careri has offered cost-price installations to people in need.
"I've got a team of guys who are willing to go out to them and set them up if they can get the VAST box," he said.
"Also, I have set up a petition to lobby the government for another tower it's the government's responsibility."
Harry Alexander, who lives about 20 kilometres out of Lake Cargelligo towards Rankins Springs, confirmed he struggled to get service.
Mr Alexander has pay TV and recently got a VAST system installed but he said the service is limited.
"Since the digital switchover came through, we can't get WIN at all and Prime might flash on for 10 seconds but you really can't watch it," Mr Alexander said.
"We don't get any local news or sport and we pick up a lot of ads from the top end we don't get any local advertising."
Mr Alexander's family lives in town and have reported the reception is patchy.
"At first we got a bigger aerial and that didn't help so then we got the VAST box and that was about $300, plus the labour to get it installed," he said.
"We're used to living without some things out here but we were receiving some channels when it was analogue."