New stations boost digital coverage

PUBLISHED : Monday, 21 December, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 21 December, 2009, 12:00am

About 700,000 more people will be able to watch digital terrestrial television (DTT) after five new transmitting stations come into operation by the end of the year.

The completion of the stations by the two free-to-air broadcasters will extend the coverage from 75 to 85 per cent of the population, a spokesman for the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau said.

The stations at Sheung Yeung Shan, Sai Wan Shan, Piper's Hill, Brick Hill and Beacon Hill will enhance signals for areas in Tseung Kwan O, Sheung Sze Wan, Siu Sai Wan, Cheung Sha Wan, Shouson Hill, Repulse Bay and Tai Wai.

The government and ATV and TVB would encourage the owners' corporations, management companies and residents to switch to digital television, the bureau said.

Forty-two per cent, or 960,000 households, citywide had DTT in September, according to the bureau.

The number was 23.4 per cent in the same month last year.

Set-top boxes remained the most popular type of receivers chosen by consumers who switched to digital television.

When buying these receivers, the public should select those with labels issued by the telecoms watchdog Ofta, under a voluntary labelling scheme, the department says.