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Digital terrestrial TV invades HK

Posted: 14 Jan 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Hong Kong OFTA? digital terrestrial TV? HDTV?

Hong Kong's Office of the Telecommunications Authority (OFTA) has launched digital terrestrial TV (DTT) services on Dec. 31, 2007, according to a ChinaTechNews report.

In a prepared statement, OFTA assistant director for operations Danny Lau Kwong-cheung reported the satisfactory simulcast transmission of DTT and analog services, with two broadcasters, ATV and TVB, launching new programs, including HDTV.

Lau added that the OFTA has received over 300 public inquiries regarding DTT via its hotline since the launch, indicating interest in the new free-to-air TV services. Most of the inquiries were about DTT coverage area and reception with the use of STBs and a few on the reception quality of conventional analog TV programs.

Lau assured that the DTT transmission should not affect reception of analog TV services. He said that the OFTA specified the frequencies and power of DTT signals to ensure they will not interfere with analog ones. He cited that the DTT test signals have been transmitted throughout the digital coverage areas since mid-July 2007 and no interference has been reported.

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