The Communications and Multimedia Minister, Salleh Said Keruak has announced that the deactivation of the national analogue TV service has been delayed. Originally, the switch off was scheduled to take place by 30 June 2018.
According to the minister, the reason behind the decision is to allow more time for everyone to prepare for the digital TV services. This is not only for broadcasters themselves but also for consumers as 85% of the country has now been covered by the service with the rest is expected to be included very soon, according to Salleh.
Once switched off, the frequency spectrum occupied by the service will be repurpose for mobile broadband. However, the minister didn’t reveal the exact new date for the deactivation though.
For those who are wondering on how they can access the digital TV broadcast which is also known as myFreeview, all you need to do is obtain the MYTV decoder or a TV with built-in DVB-T2 tuner and connect them to a UHF aerial before scanning for channels on their TV.