Working groups are being established in Hong Kong to coordinate the launch of digital terrestrial television next year. China's state news agency Xinhau said the Hong Kong Commerce, Industry & Technology Bureau had established working groups with Asia Television Limited (ATV) and Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) "to ensure the timely and smooth launch of digital services next year".
Deputy commerce secretary Marion Lai said the bureau wanted to ensure a smooth transition to DTT. "With more content on the digital platform, better reception quality and new high-definition TV services, we believe that consumers in Hong Kong will readily acquire the products to reap the benefits of digital TV," she told Xinhau.
ATV has reportedly committed more than HK$400m ($51.28m) up to 2009 to provide a hybrid digital service of high-definition television (HDTV) and multi-channel broadcasting, while TVB has committed the same for an HDTV channel starting from the end of next year. The HDTV channel will include at least 14 hours per day of HDTV programmes.
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