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South Korea to switch on digital TV broadcast by 2012

Posted: 03 Mar 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:South Korea broadcasting? digital switch? analog TV?

The South Korean Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) announced Feb. 27 that its National Assembly has passed a special act to stop analog TV broadcasting in 2012 and encourage broadcasters to shift to digital broadcasting.

According to a report, the act was first drafted by the Committee for Digital Broadcasting Development, co-chaired by the minister of information and communication and chairman of the Korean Broadcasting Commission in April 2007. The first draft had been undergoing legislative process, including deliberation in related agencies, legislative notification, and review by the Ministry of Government Legislation.

Under the act, land-based TV broadcasters are required to cease analog broadcasting on the date appointed by the President before the end of 2012. It also requires installing receiving equipment for digital broadcasting in TV monitors and related electronic products and attaching a notice to let customers know about the termination of analog broadcasting and the ability to receive digital broadcasting.

In addition, the act demands providing recommendations to the National Assembly and related agencies on support programs to adjust TV broadcasting fees in the consideration of the cost that land-based TV broadcasting service providers have to carry in their transition from analog to digital broadcasting.

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