Last few states to switch to digital TV transmission soon

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 10 Oct 2019

PUTRAJAYA: The termination of analogue television broadcasting in northern and eastern states in Peninsular Malaysia on Monday night will mark the complete switch to the myFreeview digital transmission across the peninsula.

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) said the scheduled transition followed the discontinuance of analogue transmissions in central and southern states on Sept 30.The same transition in Sabah and Sarawak will take place on Oct 31, which will herald the historic shift of the entire country towards digital broadcasting and mark the end of analogue transmissions offered for free in Malaysia since 1963.

The northern and eastern states in Peninsular Malaysia are Kedah, Perlis, Perak, Penang, Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang.

“The myFreeview digital television broadcast promises sharper images, high-quality sound and interactive television services, which will push forward the economic, social and education needs of the country and its citizens, ” MCMC said. The digital service will enable viewers to enjoy television, radio, online applications as well as interactive learning broadcasts provided through 15 television stations and six radio stations, including TV1, TV2, TV3, NTV7,8TV, TV9, TV Al Hijrah, and Bernama News Channel.

MCMC encouraged viewers who had not yet switched to the myFreeview platform to do so by getting a decoder and installing an Ultra High Frequency (UHF) aerial for existing television sets or by getting an Integrated Digital TV (IDTV) set, which needed to be connected to an UHF aerial.

Free decoders, it said, would be distributed to eligible B40 (low-income group) households.

For more information on eligibility, type MYTV (space) DEKODER (space) (identity card number) and send to 15888.

Alternatively, visit or contact the myFreeview customer service centre at 1300 806 988 or 1800 181 088. — Bernama

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