Terrestrial television

Digital has killed the analog star: terrestrial television will stop broadcasting by this year


Put your antennas in the shape of a rabbit’s ear, Malaysia’s Communications and Multimedia Ministry has confirmed that it plans to stop broadcasting analogue TV shows altogether by the third quarter of the year.

Minister Gobind Singh Deo made the statement today during Question Time in the Lower House of Parliament, adding that the digital migration process will begin this month. He added that the ministry hopes the move will be completed by June.

“Whatever the circumstances, we are fairly confident that there will be a complete shutdown by the third quarter of this year,” he said.

Responding to a question from opposition MP Hasan Arifin, he added that digital coverage had reached 98% of the populated areas of Malaysia and that the implementation was being handled by MYTV. He added that the company also serves customers who live in digital “blind spots”, Direct to Home (DTH) broadcasting via satellite.

“Digital TV coverage can be enjoyed by people across the country today if they install a TV set-top box and UHF antenna on their existing TV, or purchase a TV equipped with an iDTV set-top box or a TV set. DTH decoder. “

We’re going to have to stop you there, Minister – it sounds way too complicated for our analog brains.

Those who are considered part of a low-income household are eligible to receive TNT or DTH decoders free of charge. Hopefully with someone who understands all this malarkey.

By the end of last month, more than two million had been distributed to the poorest families.


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