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Analog TV Switch-off in Singapore

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I was in Singapore recently, and they are going through the process of switching to digital TV.  Here is a comparison of their transition to digital TV compred to ours.


Transition period

Digital TV in Australia launched on January 1 2001, while analog TV was switched off between June 30 2010 and December 10 2013 - a total of up to almost 13 years.

Digital TV in Singapore launched in June 2006, while analog TV will be switched off on December 31 2018, a total of around 12.5 years.


Analog Swithch-Off Date

Analog TV was switched off at different times in Australia, from June 30 2010 to December 10 2013.

Digital TV will be switched off in Singapore at the same time, on December 31 2018.


Transition to DVB-T2

Australia remained on DVB-T and is only lately experimenting with DVB-T2.

Singapore began DVB-T2 transmission in December 2013, and will completely transition to DVB-T2 when analog TV is switched off.


Warning Messages

Australian analog TV channels displayed a warning message that people need to switch to digital a few weeks before they were switched off.

Singapore's analog TV channels were already displaying the warning message in mid July (if not earlier), over 5 months before they would be switched off.  In addition, they have "Analogue" written below the logo, which had been present since 6 November 2017.


Pay TV penetration

Pay TV penetration is about 20-30% in Australia and much higher in Singapore, so a smaller proportion of Singaporeans have to worry about analog TV switchover.


NOTE: Some of the information above is from Wikipedia.

Edited by Ron12

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Yes we should have started the planning phase of moving to DVB-T2 years.


Edited by bizzibee

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