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Analogue broadcasts have been disabled in Singapore, with neighbouring Malaysia set to follow course to a digital only broadcasting future later this year.

Singapore flag 8 Jan 19Joining 65 other nations, Singapore completed analogue switch-off on 2 January 2019, with free-to-air broadcaster Mediacorp now solely relying on the DVB-T2 platform, which launched in 2013.

The entirely HD service includes MediaCorp’s seven channels, with multi-language subtitles and alternative audio tracks also available. Mobile reception is also enabled with the digital terrestrial TV service, which uses MPEG-4 video coding.

The deadline for those on a low income to apply for the government subsidised digital TV (DTV) starter kit is now being extended to 31 March, said the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA).

The authority said 90% of Singapore’s households are already receiving DTV either over the air or through their pay-TV subscription.

Some 450,000 households have made the switch, IMDA added, using digital terrestrial TV starter kits or through the Digital TV Assistance Scheme, which was rolled out in 2014 to provide low-income households with a free digital set-up box, indoor antenna and free installation.

The Government had set aside S$40 million to help equip homes to receive digital broadcasts.