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Malaysia has joined 60 other countries in the world who have switched over to digital TV transmission, with the successful implementation from analogue terrestrial TV service to fully digital TV broadcast under the myFreeview brand.

myfreeview 28 may 2019Digital TV broadcast promises better and clearer audio and picture quality in standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD). Viewers can also enjoy the electronic programme guide (EPG), subtitles in multiple languages, and soon, interactive TV feature. 15 TV channels and six radio channels are already available on the myFreeview platform and more new broadcasters are expected to join the myFreeview service in the near future.

Viewers can receive the myFreeview digital TV broadcast by connecting the DVB-T2 decoder and UHF aerial to their existing TV set or via an integrated digital TV (IDTV) that comes with a built-in decoder, and installing a UHF aerial. Currently, there are 13 IDTV brands in the market, which have been approved by regulators. These TVs are on sale online, in hypermarkets or at selected electrical stores nationwide.

“The myFreeview digital broadcast can now be enjoyed for free, without any hidden costs,” said Gerard Lim, chief digital officer MCMC said. “Viewers only need to pay once to buy a new IDTV, a DVB-T2 decoder, or the UHF aerial; and pay for installation fees should you need assistance in installing outdoor UHF aerial or maintenance services.”

He added, “At the same time, digital TV transmission is expected to assist in narrowing the country’s digital divide amongst urbanised and remote areas, allowing equal access of information. This development would also benefit and give opportunities for content providers to widen their reach all over the country”, he added.

myFreeview coverage currently covers 98% of populated areas through infrastructure building, DTT transmission and direct-to-home (DTH) through satellite service support. DTH service is provided to ensure digital TV coverage would be available at remote areas.