Advanced Television

Hong Kong DTV penetration rate up 40%

January 21, 2010

About 46.5 per cent or 1.06 million households, receive digital terrestrial television services in Hong Kong according to a December survey, showing the penetration rate has grown more than 40 per cent since the end of 2008.

Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Rita Lau said the service take-up rate has been growing steadily and the two domestic free TV licensees – Asia Television (ATV) and Television Broadcasts (TVB) – have been making good progress in expanding their digital TV coverage in phases.

Coverage had been extended to 85 per cent of the population by the end of last year, and will cover all of Hong Kong by 2012. Lau said the Government will carefully consider the question of analogue switch-off and will make proper arrangements to ensure a smooth migration from analogue to digital.

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