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MediaCorp announced on Monday that all its seven free-to-air TV channels are now available in digital (DVB-T2 format).
SINGAPORE: MediaCorp announced on Monday that all its seven free-to-air TV channels are now available in digital (DVB-T2 format).
In addition, four out of the seven channels -- Channel 5, Channel 8, Suria and Vasantham -- are broadcast in High Definition (HD) while the remaining three channels -- Channel NewsAsia, Channel U and okto -- will be upgraded to HD by 2016.
In a statement on Monday, MediaCorp also said residents in Bukit Batok are the first in Singapore to receive these channels as the estate is now covered by the new digital broadcast infrastructure.
Over the next two to three years, coverage will be expanded progressively to enable all residential homes to receive digital TV signals -- Jurong East and Ang Mo Kio are next, and are expected to be ready to receive digital TV early next year.
MediaCorp Deputy CEO Chang Long Jong said: "Besides better picture and sound quality, digital TV allows MediaCorp to consider rolling out other value-add services and features for the discerning audiences of today such as closed captions and multi-language subtitles."
"With digital TV, MediaCorp will also be able to offer time-shifted services, which will provide an alternative choice for viewers who miss out on their favourite TV programmes due to work or lifestyle commitments. More information on these value-add services will be announced soon," Mr Chang added.
Residents in other estates who currently use outdoor antennas to receive their free-to-air TV channels can also tune in to MediaCorp's seven digital channels.
To get digital TV, non pay-TV viewers will need to buy a digital set-top box and an antenna for their existing TV set. The two items cost S$129 in total -- only one model each is available on the market for now.
Viewers can also buy a DVB-T2 Integrated Digital TV (IDTV) set with a Digital TV Ready label. Such TV sets do not need a set-top box because a digital tuner is already integrated into the TV set. So viewers need only to connect the TV set to an antenna to receive MediaCorp digital channels.
Pay-TV subscribers are already able to watch digital TV, and do not need to change their set-ups.
The public can continue to receive free-to-air TV channels in analogue broadcast as existing analogue TV signals will continue to be broadcast alongside the digital TV signals for at least another two years.
Media Development Authority's (MDA) director of digital broadcasting deployment office, Ling Pek Ling, said: "The world is transitioning from analogue TV to digital TV. Beyond enhancing the TV-viewing experience, the migration to digital TV will also free up scarce radio spectrum for other services such as high-speed mobile Internet access."
"MDA will work closely with our industry and community partners to facilitate a smooth nationwide transition from analogue to digital TV," Ms Ling added.
Information on digital TV, including the digital TV rollout plan, is available at mediacorp.sg/digitaltv.
More information on digital TV is also found at the MDA website.