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Starting April 30 Analog TV Broadcasts Stopped, Switch to Digital

Special STAFF of the Minister of Communication and Information, Rosarita Niken Widiastuti, said that on April 30, 2022, Analog TV broadcasts in 166 regencies/cities (56 broadcast service areas) will be turned off. People in the area can no longer watch television broadcasts with analog TV sets. Furthermore, television broadcasts switched to Digital TV broadcasting.

Niken added, there are three stages of termination. The first stage of cessation of Analog TV broadcasts will be on April 30, 2022, the second stage on August 25, 2022, and the third or final stage on November 2, 2022.

“The steps are contained in Ministerial Regulation No. 11/2021 concerning amendments to the Regulation of the Minister of Communication and Information No. 6/2021 concerning Broadcasting,” he said in a talkshow broadcast, republished, Friday (11/3).

Expert Staff to the Minister of Communications and Informatics Henry Subiakto in a webinar themed “Digital Broadcasting Encourages the Progress of the Nation” said that apart from the people who can enjoy the benefits of quality TV broadcasts, Digital TV migration is also a form of government embodiment in carrying out digital transformation. It was conveyed

“The policy of migration to Digital TV broadcasting is a manifestation of the Government in carrying out digital transformation. Frequency setting is very important. Given that without a frequency arrangement, internet access cannot run optimally. 5G technology will not be available without frequency structuring,” he said.

On that occasion, Evercoss Marketing Communication, Aldiano Sikumbang said that to watch digital television broadcasts, device adjustments were needed. If the TV set at home already has a standard DVB T2 tuner in it, just re-scan it.

However, if the television set is still analog and does not plan to replace the television set, it is enough to add a certified Set Top Box (STB) and then pair it with the television.

“Every STB that is certified, can certainly capture digital TV broadcasts that can be enjoyed with clearer and high-resolution images. The difference is in the image quality offered as well as several additional features for ease of operation,” he said.

He gave the example of the Evercoss STB which carries advanced features. This device can record TV broadcasts that are currently broadcast with an external device (flash disk). In addition, this tool can also be connected using USB, HDMI, WIFI which is operated via a remote control so that it produces shows in Full HD 1080p format.

“This can be connected to all types of TV, both Smart TV types and ordinary LED TVs. Even this device can also be connected to tube TV. Simply by connecting a converter kit from HDMI to VGA, people can enjoy digital broadcasts on old TV sets,” he concluded. (OL-13)

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