Indonesia launches digital TV

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The Government of Indonesia launched digital TV system recently, marking a new phase of the country’s broadcasting system development. All broadcasters expected to migrate their programs to the digital system by 2018.

More than 200 million people, who view about 40 million TV sets in Indonesia, can still enjoy the free analog system until 2014. Afterward they must buy digital TV sets or equip their old TV sets with a set-top box.

Information and Communications Minister Mohammad Nuh dubbed the migration the third phase in Indonesia’s broadcasting system development, with the first occurring in 1962, when then president Sukarno officiated the country’s premier TV broadcasting ahead of the Asian Games; and the second in 1976, when then president Soeharto launched the Palapa I telecommunication satellite.

[via The Jakarta Post]

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