Extra 300k MyFreeview decoders for B40 households and those with disabilities
By Digital News Asia February 21, 2020
- Targeted group to enjoy subscription free monthly Digital TV services
- Decoders intended to reach more, affording access to quality content
The government through Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) will spend RM30 million to distribute an additional 300,000 myFreeview digital TV decoders for registered B40 households and people with disabilities, nationwide.
In Sabah, about 3,000 free myFreeview decoders will be distributed to registered B40 households and people with disabilities, starting from 20 February to 22 February 2020. Other than Sabah, the additional distribution of myFreeview decoders is also being carried out in Sarawak and other states in phases.
The additional distribution of free decoder is another effort by the government to bridge the digital divide and uplift the underprivileged groups across the country. They now have the opportunity to enjoy Digital TV services for free, without any monthly subscription, in tandem with the Shared Prosperity Vision. And, with interactive applications such as online shopping, the targeted groups can create additional sources of income by marketing their own products or services using the Digital TV platform.
Currently, myFreeview offers 14 free TV channels namely TV1, TV2, TV Okey, Berita RTM, RTM Sports, TV3, ntv7, 8TV, TV9, two (2) CJ Wow Shop interactive channels, Bernama TV, TV Al Hijrah and Astro Go Shop, compared to just seven (7) channels during the previous analogue era.
MyFreeview also hosts six (6) RTM radio channels namely Nasional FM, Asyik FM, Klasik Nasional, Traxx FM, Ai FM and Minnal FM. These channels are expected to grow in number as well as content quality in the near future.
TV Okey in particular will emphasise on content from Sabah and Sarawak hence providing opportunities for local content producers in the two states to collaborate with the broadcasters in producing more informative and exciting programmes focusing on local cultures as well as promoting tourism to the state.
MyFreeview Digital TV presents superior visual and audio qualities in Standard Definition (SD) and High Definition (HD). In addition, viewers’ experience is enhanced with Electronic Programming Guide (EPG), subtitles in various languages and interactive services.
The additional free decoder distribution ceremony was officiated by the Communications and Multimedia Minister, Gobind Singh Deo at the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Ministry Complex in Kepayan, Sabah yesterday.
Sabah and Sarawak were the last states to fully switchover to myFreeview digital broadcast on 31 October 2019. It was a historical moment to mark the end of the nationwide analogue free-to-air broadcasting services, which started in 1963.
For further enquiries, please visit www.myFreeview.tv or call MYTV Customer Care lines at 1-800-18-1088 or 1-300-80-6988 from 8:00am to 10:00pm, open daily. In addition, eligible Malaysians can submit their requests to get a free decoder via e-mail to [email protected] .