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Broadcast trial next month for digital terrestrial TV

Households with compatible devices will be able to view terrestrial-based digital TV programmes in four provinces during the broadcast trial from April 1-24.

The programmes will also be shown on cable and satellite TV, said Natee Sukonrat, chairman of the broadcasting committee of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).

The committee yesterday allowed three of the four digital TV networks belonging to the Army, MCOT and Thai PBS to start testing before it grants licences to all 24 commercial digital TV channels on April 25.

The other network operated by the Public Relations Department has yet to apply to take part in the project.

The trial service will be on a non-commercial basis - the network operators cannot collect a service fee from the stations.

The holders of digital TV broadcast licences, which have their own cable and satellite TV channels, are all expected to take part in the test.

The committee also asked satellite operator Thaicom to take part in this trial by beaming the digital TV programmes to satellite and cable TV operators so that they can provide the programmes to their subscribers according to the "must carry" rule of the NBTC, which requires cable/sat channels to carry free TV shows, including those on the new digital platform.


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