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ASEAN agrees on common STB for DTV

June 23, 2008

The Southeast Asian nations have agreed on a common set of specifications for Digital TV Standard and High Definition set-top boxes.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) reached the agreement at the end of the ASEAN Digital Broadcasting meeting in Singapore, said a statement by Singapore’s Media Development Authority. This will create economies of scale for equipment manufacturers and help to lower the prices of such set-top boxes for consumers, said the statement.

The ten member countries also agreed to establish an ASEAN HD Centre to facilitate training and co-productions for HD content. A checklist has been developed for ASEAN members to determine their readiness to switch from analogue to digital broadcasting.

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