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Jakarta Post

Digital TV era dawns, set to indulge viewers

  • Dian Kuswandini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 13 2008   /  11:06 am

Say hello to digital television broadcasting, and bid farewell to the aging analog system. The government unveiled a plan to gradually migrate it's TV broadcasting system from analog to digital, which means consumers will have to purchase digital TV sets or converters to be able to watch their favorite shows. "This will be the next big revolution in our TV broadcasting, after the conversion from black and white TV sets to color sets decades ago," Communications and Information Minister Mohammad Nuh said recently. The ambitious plan kicked off with a nine-month trial project, before the government finally pulls the plug on the analog system by 2018 at the latest. "Based on experiences in other countries, such as the U.S., it normally takes 10 years for the conversion. But we could accelerate it to seven to eight years, so we can fully adopt the...