B40s, those with disabilities have until 31 May to register for myFreeview TV decoders
By Digital News Asia May 28, 2020
- Deadline for application 31 May 2020; decoders shipped out June onwards
- As of 25 May, 157,276 individuals from B40, PWD groups have registered
B40 households and people with disabilities (PWD) who have not received the free myFreeview decoders have until 31 May 2020 to register through the provided dedicated channels.
MyFreeview is the Malaysian government’s initiative to provide free digital terrestrial TV to the public, which includes an effort to distribute 300,000 additional free decoders to those eligible.
B40 households and people with disabilities may check their eligibility and indicate their interest to receive the free myFreeview decoder by filling up a form at www.mytvbroadcasting.my/B40 with their complete personal details (name, identity card number, full address and telephone number).
They can alternatively contact the MYTV Careline at 1800-18-1088 or 1-300-80-6988.
According to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), 157,276 individuals from B40 households and people with disabilities have registered to receive their free myFreeview decoder as of 25 May 2020.
After the 31 May 2020 closing date, delivery of decoders using courier services will start throughout the country in stages from June onwards.
MyFreeview offers digital TV, without monthly subscription fees, featuring 15 high-definition (HD) channels and six (6) radio channels. Besides offering information and entertainment, myFreeview channels also provide TV home shopping opportunities for both viewers and merchants.
Malaysia’s ongoing digital transformation saw an analogue TV broadcast switch-off on 14 Oct 2019 in the northern and eastern regions of Peninsular Malaysia, with the pilot for the digital switchover occurring as far back as 21 July in Gunung Raya, Langkawi.
About two million free myFreeview decoders were distributed to selected B40 recipients as part of the digital TV efforts. Earlier in February, the Malaysian government, through MCMC, announced that it will spend US$6.9 million (RM30 million) to distribute an additional 300,000 myFreeview TV decoders for registered B40 households and people with disabilities nationwide.