Despite making good progress with potential digital TV reception (some 85 per cent of the audience covered) Malaysia says it will delay switching off its analogue TV transmissions.
“This is to allow more time for all parties to prepare for a fully digital broadcasting environment, from the broadcasters themselves to the man in the street,” Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak announced March 6th.
Malaysia had planned to abandon analogue broadcasts on June 30th.
“We are also observing developments in the region as Malaysia shares borders with four other countries, which are Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand. Technical requirements make it necessary for us to move in line with our neighbours as their plans will have an effect on our spectrum and channel usage along the common border areas,” he said.
Singapore, for example, had slipped its switch-off from December 31st 2017 to December 31st 2018.