June is less than a month away, and we have exciting news for those loving their time in-front of the TV set.
Apparently, the Malaysian government with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has been working on a huge project to digitalize Malaysian TV, and it’s implementation is said to be this coming June 2015.
Currently, free TV in Malaysia is transmitted to users using the ATT (Analogue Terrestrial Television) technology, in which it provides limited channels, snowy picture, standard picture quality, bilingual sound and tonnes of interference in its transmission.
The new DTT (Digital Terrestrial TV) technology will improve these features as users will enjoy better picture on screen, more channels, an on-screen TV guide and multiple language sounds or subtitles.
If a document by the MCMC was to be used as a guide, Malaysians can hope to be fully on DTT by 2016, in which MCMC plans to stop ATT entirely then.
In fact, free DTT service has already been rolled out in Malaysia via Astro Njoi although the receiver for such services still uses the satellite dish instead of a common reception aerial.
According to Amanz, the Malaysian government will also be giving out free set-top-boxes to selected members of the public although no further details on this initiative could be obtained.
It is also said that new TV sets which are to be sold in Malaysia after this, would be required to be DTT enabled.
The company responsible to develop DTT infrastructure and network facilities in Malaysia is MYTV Broadcasting Sdn Bhd (MYTV) and we are also made to understand MYTV will first launch its DTTV services in the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, followed by East Malaysia, then the northern, southern and central regions.