Digital TV broadcast boost for content diversification, says Gobind

He says the new channels are crucial for delivering information to consumers


THE gradual transition from the analogue TV broadcast to the myFreeview digital TV broadcast opens up opportunities to diversify the content to be delivered to consumers, Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo (picture) said yesterday.

He said the 15 channels available in the myFreeview digital TV broadcast are crucial for the delivery of information to consumers.

“We can continue to have just two channels, but I believe we have to consider the new world of digital broadcast.

“The 15 channels in myFreeview are important because they enable us to learn a lot from the whole world…there is much content in digital TV for consumers,” he said at a casual meeting with six eligible recipients of the set-top box or DVB-T2 decoder at the Internet centre of Kampung Padang Lalang in Mukim Ayer Hangat, Langkawi.

Gobind also spent some time listening to the concerns, complaints and suggestions of the decoder recipients at the session.

On the pilot project pertaining to the transition to digital TV broadcast in Langkawi since July 21, Gobind said these tests had to be conducted to obtain feedback and complaints from the viewers.

“Each of the problems will be categorised by area and how we want to resolve it.

“After this, the transition to digital TV broadcast will be applied to the whole of the peninsula and Sabah and Sarawak in stages. There will be challenges, of course, but I am confident we can overcome them,” he said.

Viewers in Langkawi migrated to digital TV broadcast on July 21 after the analogue TV transmission from Gunung Raya was replaced with the myFreeview digital TV transmission which provides digital TV broadcast coverage with better broadcast quality.