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Malaysia begins digital TV trials

The trial came ahead of a more comprehensive test run and study on switching from analogue to DTT transmission, also in Langkawi. Once complete, the minister of communications and multimedia, YB Gobind Singh Deo will launch the nationwide analogue switch off (ASO) project.

The government hopes the ASO will drive Malaysia towards digitalisation and gain free up the 700MHz spectrum to enable other services such as 5G wireless broadband communications.

Digital terrestrial TV service myFreeview is providing free-to-air channels across 98% of Malaysia’s populated areas. myFreeview currently offers 15 TV channels and six radio channels from RTM, Media Prima, TV Alhijrah and Bernama News Channel, free of charge with no monthly subscription fees.<

myFreeview can be received by connecting a DVB-T2 decoder and Ultra High Frequency (UHF) aerial to an existing TV set or via a UHF aerial and IDTV (integrated digital television) that comes with a built-in decoder. A direct-to-home (DTH) service is provided to ensure digital TV coverage would be available in remote areas.

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