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NBTC ready to trial digital broadcasting within this year

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BANGKOK, 13 February 2012 (NNT) – Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) is prepared to trial the digital television broadcasting system within this year.

NBTC Broadcasting Committee Chairman Colonel Natee Sukolrat said by switching from analog broadcasting to the digital signal in compliance with the draft spectrum management and telecommunications master plans, high-definition images would be produced and relayed to the television. The digital broadcasting would also be more stable in comparison to the analog signal while there would be 50 more free channels on national TV.

However, once the signal is switched, Colonel Natee said viewers would have to obtain a receiver box in order to view TV programs via the digital broadcasting system. According to him, it is expected that more TV channels, which support the digital format, will spring up in the future.

The bidding process will soon be held for qualified networks to produce TV programs, which will be divided into categories.

The digital signal, said Colonel Natee, is slated for testing within this year. All TV channels will be transformed to support the digital format within 4 years while the analog one will be eliminated in 10 years.

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