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Jakarta Post

Digital TV: A giant leap?

  • Indah Setiawati

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, August 26 2012   /  12:02 pm

A TVRI studio films an afternoon news program. JP/R.Berto WedhatamaPicture yourself arriving home after work.

After sinking into your couch, you switch on your television only to find static. Shaking the set’s rabbit ears vigorously, you call it a night and go to bed.

The technology for high-definition pictures and better sound has arrived with digital television. It will free up the airwaves, creating opportunities for even more stations as well as huge amount of bandwidth for telecommunication operators. A single analog television frequency can serve up to 12 digital channels.

With the rise of personal entertainment, digital television will allow a blossoming of diverse, content-specific stations, a trend that is only found on pay TV.

More free channels might also mean an end to the current dilemma of choosing between news programs or sinetron, soap oper...