Thailand’s National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) conducted a survey “Thailand's access to the digital TV system”, with 1221 respondents from various levels of education, age and occupation across Thailand. The survey was conducted from April 28 to April 29, 2014 via telephone interviews.
According to a source of NBTC’s broadcasting committee, each of Thailand’s 22 million households will receive a digital TV coupon worth THB 1,200 ($37) which they will able to use towards the purchase of TV sets, cable or satellite TV set-top boxes, instead of only DVB-T2 set-top boxes and antennas as initially planned.
Earlier this month, a delegation from Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) visited the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) to learn how they are progressing, in what could be the first country, to officially switch off the FM net in 2017 in favor of digital radio.
As 24 new digital TV stations in Thailand are getting ready to broadcast digital TV, and the regulator is getting ready to auction digital radio licenses. Local and foreign set-top-box, television, mobile devices and in-car entertainment manufactures, are also ramping up their activities for the digital TV and Radio broadcasts.
Vietnamese manufacturers are technically capable of making set-top boxes, which satisfies the requirements set by the Ministry of Information and Communication. However, Hanel, Digilink and VTV Broadcom would not dare to make products in large quantities, as they would obviously be less price competitive than the Chinese.
All 24 commercial digital TV channels have each selected the network operators, from whom they will lease network for transmission of their digital TV channels launching April 1st this year.
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