B40 households and people with disabilities (PWD) how have yet to receive their free myFreeview decoders have until 31 May 2020 to register through the provided dedicated channels, says the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).
As of 25 May 2020, 157,276 individuals from B40 households and PWDs have registered for their free myFreeview decoder. After the 31 May 2020 deadline, delivery of decoders via courier services will commence across the country in stages, from June onwards.
The government announced in February this year that it will provide an additional 300,000 free decoders to bridge the digital divide and to improve the lives of the underprivileged and underserved in the country.
With myFreeview, the people can enjoy digital TV services for free, without any monthly subscription.
The digital terrestrial tv service (DTTV) currently offers 15 free TV channels namely TV1, TV2, TV Okey, Berita RTM, RTM Sports, TV3, ntv7, 8TV, TV9, two CJ Wow Shop interactive channels, Bernama TV, TV Al Hijrah and Astro Go Shop, compared to just seven channels during the previous analogue era.
The digital TV service also hosts six RTM radio channels namely Nasional FM, Asyik FM, Klasik Nasional, Traxx FM, Ai FM and Minnal FM.
With interactive applications such as online shopping, the targeted groups can create additional sources of income by marketing their own products and services on the platform.
Malaysia officially switched over to a fully digital broadcast on 31 October 2019, with Sabah and Sarawak the final two states to go digital. The nation’s nationwide analogue free-to-air broadcasting service first went on air in 1963.
Malaysia is the third country in the region to move to an all-digital broadcast system after Singapore and Brunei. The country will also be one of 60 countries in the world to say goodbye to analogue TV.
How to check eligibility
To check eligibility and register your interest, visit www.mytvbroadcasting.my/B40 with your personal details including name, identity card number, full address, and telephone number. Or you can contact the MYTV Careline at 1800-18-1088/1-300-80-6988.
For more information, visit MYTV.
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