Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Digital Broadcasters|RTM DVB-T Trials on Time

Malaysia's digital broadcaster, "Radio Television Malaysia", as planned and on schedule, starts its six-month trial of terrestrial digital TV transmissions on September 1.

According to the Deputy Information Minister, Chia Kwang Chye, some 26 million Malaysian Ringgit (US$7.1 million) have been allocated for the trials.

Using the DVB-T standard, the trial will be conducted in Kuala Lumpur and the surrounding Klang Valley.

Some 2,000 households have been selected for the pilot project.

One thousand have been given set-top boxes to receive digital signals.

They will access RTM1 and RTM2, while a third digital interactive channel has been set up especially for the trial.

The trial results are to be submitted to the National "Digital Task Force" which will later make a decision on formally adopting the DVB- T standard in Malaysia.

The Malaysian government had allocated a total of 73 million Ringgit (US$19.8 million) for the transition from analog to digital broadcasting.

After deducting the costs of the trial, the balance of funds will be allocated to upgrade RTM’s television production and transmission equipment, and to train staff.

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