Thursday, April 4, 2013
The death of Rooftop TV Antennas
Soon rooftop TV antennas will become extinct. After 50 years Singapore's skyline will be free from those ugly looking metal pipes on all HDB and private condo roofs, This is made possible by a new technology of digital TV called DVB T2. MDA has announced plans to introduce this new technology starting December 2013. Many small TV transmitters can be deployed so that small TV antennas can be used indoor somewhat similar to that on your wi-fi router in your living room. MediaCorp has announced all its present analogueTV terrestrial channels will switch to digital high definition TV (HDTV)channels employing DVB T2. In five years time all terrestrial TV channels will go digital and all TVantennas on rooftop of tall buildings will disappear.
To receive these HDTV channels a new set top box is needed for older TV sets. New sets will come with integrated decoders and are likely to be more expensive.
MDA is working with the TV industry in educating consumersfor a smooth roll out of this exciting technology and services.