China's media ministry, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (Sarft), says it will conduct the digitisation of cable television in four stages from the end of this year to 2015.
The China Daily said the first stage will last to the end of 2005, when all major cities in the eastern part of the country and provincial capitals in the middle and western parts complete the transition to digital cable TV.
In the second stage, lasting into 2008, all other cities in the eastern part and part of the cities in the west will be able to view digital cable TV.
All cities above the county level and most counties in the middle and western parts will be digitised in the third stage, running into 2010.
In the fourth stage, running to the end of 2015, the whole western part of the country will have digital cable television.
China recently announced it would allow private capital to flow into its media markets in an attempt to speed the digitisation of its television networks.
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