Hong Kong gives away 80,000 TVs

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Hong Kong is to give all its low-income households a free digital TV ahead of the government’s analogue TV switch-off.

Hong Kong says that some 92 per cent of all its homes have converted to digital transmissions but this still left around 100,000 homes still needing to convert.

Commerce and Economic Development Secretary Edward Yau Tang-wah said Jan 14th that the government had provided HK$450 million into a Community Care Fund which would be administered by Hong Kong’s Social Services Council.

Chua Hoi-wai, chief executive of the Social Services Council, said those currently receiving government welfare schemes are eligible for the programme.

Those who qualify will receive small 24” or 30” sets, or alternatively a free set-top box digital converter for those who prefer to hold onto their existing sets.


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