Updated: 03/10/2014 22:34

Digital TV Assistance Scheme rollout in September

Digital TV Assistance Scheme rollout in September

The government will be rolling out an assistance scheme to introduce Digital TV to low-income households by September. 

Communications and Information Minister Yaacob Ibrahim says that the Digital TV Assistance Scheme will include a digital set-top box and an indoor antenna. 

Speaking during the committee of supply debate, he says a key group of low-income households that will require assistance are those who live in one or two room rental flats,
or who are on relevant ComCare assistance schemes. 

These households will be automatically included in the scheme. 

The assistance scheme is also available to households with a monthly income of $1,900 or below, or per capita income of $600 and below. 

With this, 160,000 to 170,000 low-income Singaporean households will qualify for the assistance scheme. 

"TV has always been an important source of entertainment and information for our people. Digital TV will enhance our TV-watching expeperience with higher quality images and surround sound. Audiences can access electronic TV guides to keep track of their favourite programme. The move to digital TV will also free up valuable radio frequencies so that we can offer Singaporeans new and better mobile services."

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