KUALA LUMPUR – Two million units of the set-top box will be distributed free of charge to selected low-income households to enable them watch digital TV broadcast when the service is introduced, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said the set-top box would be given to recipients of the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) and e-Kasih poverty-eradication programmes.
“The digital TV broadcast cannot be received by television sets which use the analogue system. Many people in the rural areas do not subscribe to the Astro service and, as such, they should be given assistance.
“One of the conditions agreed to between the suppliers and implementers of the (digital TV) service is the provision of the set-top box free of charge to enable this target group to receive the digital TV broadcast,” he said when replying to a question from Datuk Abd Latiff Ahmad (BN-Mersing).
Abd Latiff had wanted to know whether the government would provide assistance or incentives to enable poor rural people to enjoy the digital TV broadcast when it is introduced. – BERNAMA