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Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:17 PM

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All of MediaCorp's seven free-to-air channels will go fully digital by December 2013. Channel 5, Channel 8, Suria and Vasantham will be transmitted in HD by then, while the remaining three (Channel NewsAsia, Okto and Channel U) will be in HD by 2016. The move marks another milestone in Singapore's roadmap in making the digital switchover, where analogue signals will be completely switched off by 2020.

To enjoy digital TV, the Media Development Authority said no action is required from those who currently subscribe to pay-TV with StarHub or SingTel, as they already receive the channels digitally. Those without pay-TV can continue using their current TV sets but they will need to purchase an antenna and a DVB-T2 digital receiver. However there is no need to rush for the receivers now, as they are likely to be made available in Singapore only from March or April 2013. To reap the full benefits of digital TV and the high definition channels that will be transmitted, viewers may want to opt for a new digital HDTV set.

MDA said even when the free-to-air channels are transmitted digitally at the end of 2013, analogue transmissions will continue. The simulcast period is to give ample time for viewers to make the necessary adjustments to embrace digital TV.

MDA said it will be working closely with MediaCorp, major manufacturers and electronics stores on an educational campaign to help consumers prepare for the digital switchover.

MediaCorp said: "As the planned switchover to digital broadcasting is scheduled to complete only by December 2013, we will make an announcement when more details become available towards the second half of next year."

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:45 PM

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Currently, about 4 in 10 households in Singapore do not subscribe to pay-TV. Among those who do, many have secondary TV sets that are not linked to a pay-TV service. For these two groups, they will need to purchase a DVB-T2 receiver and an antenna, and hook these to each of their current TV sets.

So how will those who do not subscribe to pay-TV receive the digital signal?
Buy DVB-T2 receiver and an antenna, and receive OVER-THE-AIR?

So in a HDB block, 40% of households will have an antenna sticking out of their windows?

In the old days, HDB provide an antenna point to your unit. Now, it is "outsourced" to SH, which is a for-profit entity that sells pay-TV - conflict of interest.

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:48 PM

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Digital or no digital - I ain't going to watch most of Mediacorp programs....unless Andrea Chow is reading the news wub.gif

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:51 PM

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So how will those who do not subscribe to pay-TV receive the digital signal?
Buy DVB-T2 receiver and an antenna, and receive OVER-THE-AIR?

So in a HDB block, 40% of households will have an antenna sticking out of their windows?

In the old days, HDB provide an antenna to your unit. Now, it is "outsourced" to SH, which is a for-profit entity that sells pay-TV - conflict of interest.

Most likely just need to buy a settop box. The transmission will still be the same usual terrestrial transmission at VHF or UHF, so the existing TV antenna will work. What is difference the encoding of the TV program is digitalized instead of analog. In layman term, it's similar to how AM is changed to FM. Those who stay in HDB and watch via cable has always been watching in digital transmission anyway, so no difference. The difference only for those watching purely from antenna. What's the advantage? No intereferece, no ghosting.
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:55 PM

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digital or ANALog....the shows shown on mediacork all rerererererun donno how many times or those B grade movies. who watch sia! shakehead.gif shakehead.gif even the B movies they will show rerun wacko.gif

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:57 PM

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Digital or no digital - I ain't going to watch most of Mediacorp programs....unless Andrea Chow is reading the news wub.gif

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:57 PM

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wats with cheryl fox's new hairdo wen read the news? my vote goes to cheryl n the ex national runner

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:57 PM

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Will SH replace all existing STB to digital for free ?

In 3rd world commie country like PRC, one digital STB is free per household. In 1st world democratic country like US, digital STB is also free. Why ours so special ?

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 03:06 PM

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Will SH replace all existing STB to digital for free ?

In 3rd world commie country like PRC, one digital STB is free per household. In 1st world democratic country like US, digital STB is also free. Why ours so special ?

u forget we are not commie and neither are we democracy! laugh.gif
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 03:11 PM

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Will SH replace all existing STB to digital for free ?

In 3rd world commie country like PRC, one digital STB is free per household. In 1st world democratic country like US, digital STB is also free. Why ours so special ?

FYI, those using SH box, the transmission IS already transmitted digitally.
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 04:01 PM

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Will SH replace all existing STB to digital for free ?

In 3rd world commie country like PRC, one digital STB is free per household. In 1st world democratic country like US, digital STB is also free. Why ours so special ?



Bcos our country is leadered by a group called pay and pay........

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 04:07 PM

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I suppose HDB will be asking all flat owners to fork out $$$ to upgrade the roof top antenna? Especially for those who die die never subscribe to starhub or mio, will have to depends on the HDB antenna?

Does thsi mean All TV programme will be in HD clarity? Meaning TCS will be filming serials in HD format clarity?
Meaning all commercials will also be in true HD format?
Heavy investment in HD camera. Lucky no more radio tv tax...if not sure increase to cover the cost of equipment.



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Posted 19 June 2012 - 04:24 PM

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HD ????

F**k lah........even in 3D i also don give a damn.......

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 04:30 PM

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I suppose HDB will be asking all flat owners to fork out $$$ to upgrade the roof top antenna? Especially for those who die die never subscribe to starhub or mio, will have to depends on the HDB antenna?

Does thsi mean All TV programme will be in HD clarity? Meaning TCS will be filming serials in HD format clarity?
Meaning all commercials will also be in true HD format?
Heavy investment in HD camera. Lucky no more radio tv tax...if not sure increase to cover the cost of equipment.

HDB should not be affected as all the TV transmission has been cabled. What it means is by 2013, coaxial cable connect directly from HDB cable outlet to TV will not work anymore unless it has DVB-T tuner capability(which possibly will not work if they decide to change format or add encryption). So, when that happens, all household will need a box that accept a cable from the HDB cable and output a HDMI or Component output which can be connected to TV.

Digitizing is not to be confused with HD. There are just too many old video content that is in SD, so, only past few years to current/future programs will be made in HD, so expect to see a lot of old programs still in SD.
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 04:35 PM

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Content is king.
All the whiz bang technology will not help if the broadcast program is junk.

What are the top 3 programs (local content) u can recommend to an overseas friend for the past two decades?
Or which tv soap, variety program Mediacorp produced that u love so much u think u will be proud when it is screened overseas?



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Posted 19 June 2012 - 04:37 PM

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Will SH replace all existing STB to digital for free ?

In 3rd world commie country like PRC, one digital STB is free per household. In 1st world democratic country like US, digital STB is also free. Why ours so special ?

You sure it's all free in PRC? In US, I suppose majority will own a settop box for paytv, which is similar to SH. Whether it's cheaper or more expensive, that's another story.

Anyway, though it's highly likely but don't jump to conclusion that need to pay laa... They didn't say so.... Anyway, for those who already have SH box, you can always get it and sell it to Malaysians who still wants to watch SG TV.... cool.gif
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 04:42 PM

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You sure it's all free in PRC? In US, I suppose majority will own a settop box for paytv, which is similar to SH. Whether it's cheaper or more expensive, that's another story.

Anyway, though it's highly likely but don't jump to conclusion that need to pay laa... They didn't say so.... Anyway, for those who already have SH box, you can always get it and sell it to Malaysians who still wants to watch SG TV.... cool.gif



For wat i know, at least its FREE to watch World Cup in Malaysia......unlike Chinapore....you need to pay a premium to watch.....

Ah....Indonesia also free.....my friend living in Indo told me.....

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 04:53 PM

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What are the top 3 programs (local content) u can recommend to an overseas friend for the past two decades?
Or which tv soap, variety program Mediacorp produced that u love so much u think u will be proud when it is screened overseas?



Some say ' Little Nonya ' wor.......

i like this show bcos of Adrian Pang.....





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Posted 19 June 2012 - 04:54 PM

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For wat i know, at least its FREE to watch World Cup in Malaysia......unlike Chinapore....you need to pay a premium to watch.....

Ah....Indonesia also free.....my friend living in Indo told me.....

Think got to subscribe but beri cheap plus many diff channels to see.......
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 04:59 PM

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Think got to subscribe but beri cheap plus many diff channels to see.......

You call this cheap? Cheapest package is RM87.90. Don't convert hor..... dollar to dollar....

http://support.astro.com.my/shop.aspxa

Just sports wise, theirs should be cheaper. However, not sure if can subscribe JUST sports channels...

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