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M1 to roll out Government-subsidised digital TV set-top boxes to low-income homes

Published on Jul 4, 2014 5:28 PM
 
Elderly residents enjoying programmes on the digital TV at Thye Hua Kwan Seniors Activity Centre in February. Telco M1 will be rolling out digital set-top boxes from September to low-income homes under an official assistance scheme, to ensure that these homes will keep getting free-to-air TV channels when the nation switches to digital broadcasting by 2020. -- PHOTO: ST FILE 

Telco M1 will be rolling out digital set-top boxes from September to low-income homes under an official assistance scheme. This is to ensure that these homes will keep getting free-to-air TV channels when the nation switches to digital broadcasting by 2020.

The Government will pick up the bill for the digital set-top box and antenna used to plug into existing TV sets to receive the digital signals. Installation of the equipment will also be covered.

About 160,000 to 170,000 households will receive help, said Communications and Information Minister Yaacob Ibrahim in February.

A key group that will get automatic assistance includes those who live in one- or two-room rental flats, or are on Comcare or self-help groups' assistance schemes. They will be notified by mail.

 
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