MediaCorp’s seven free-to-air TV channels will be broadcast in digital (DVB-T2 format). In addition, four out of the seven channels – Channel 5, Channel 8, Suria & Vasantham – will be broadcast in High Definition (HD) while the remaining three channels – Channel NewsAsia, Channel U and okto – will be upgraded to HD by 2016.
Residents in Bukit Batok will be 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. 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.
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.
Chang Long Jong, MediaCorp Deputy CEO, “Besides better picture and sound quality, digital TV allows MediaCorp to consider rolling out other value-add services and features for discerning audiences – such as closed captions and multi-language subtitles. With digital TV, MediaCorp will also be able to offer time-shifted services, which 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.”.
“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.” Ling Pek Ling, Director (Digital Broadcasting Deployment Office) at the Media Development Authority.
For information on digital TV including the digital TV rollout plan, the public can visit mediacorp.sg/digitaltv. More information on digital TV is also found on Media Development Authority’s website : http://www.mda.gov.sg/digitaltv.