KUANTAN: Malaysians will be able to enjoy watching television in the digital format once the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) project is completely rolled out in populated areas by the end of next year.
Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said the DTT trial transmission phase, which was ongoing in the east coast of the peninsula, would be extended to Sabah and Sarawak followed by the northern and southern states before reaching the Klang Valley.
“MYTV Broadcasting has so far installed its trial transmitters in Bukit Pelindung here, Bukit Besar in Terengganu and Bukit Bakar in Kelantan.
“By January next year, it will be officially rolled out.
“By mid-2016, at least 70% to 80% of the country will be receiving digital broadcasts and hopefully by the end of next year, the whole of Malaysia will be covered,” he said after visiting the home of one of the MYTV test phase respondents here.
MYTV had been appointed by the Government to build and operate the infrastructure and network facilities for DTT services in Malaysia in order to migrate the national broadcasting system from analogue to digital by 2017.
“The early phase will follow a free broadcast model. I understand there will be 30 channels available in the beginning.
“More than 40 broadcasters have also expressed interest in using this platform. There may be different packages available down the road,” said Ahmad Shabery.
He said MYTV would be distributing set top boxes to two million selected Malaysian households while other avenues for the public to get coverage would be determined later.
“The two million recipients will have to meet certain criteria based on information obtained from the Inland Revenue Board, Welfare Department, the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry and other agencies,” he said.
Ahmad Shabery added the quality was almost the same as high definition.