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Malaysia begins switch to digital TV

Move is part of ASEAN plan to end analog transmission by 2020

A customer service provider at MYTV Broadcast, Malaysia's digital TV operator.

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia has launched digital terrestrial television, or DTT, moving away from analog and radio wave technology in line with the global digitization trend that began in developed economies.

To start, 4.2 million low-income households or about two-thirds of all families will be given free decoders to receive DTT broadcast named myFreeview. The service is operated by state-appointed company MYTV Broadcasting, which has been tasked to build the infrastructure for the migration from analog to digital under a 30-year concession.

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