China will soon announce its own national terrestrial digital TV
standard and those that fail to comply with the new standard will
be ousted from the market, an official said.
There will be one year of promotion before the standard is fully
implemented by digital televisions, said Wang Xiaojie, director of
the technology department of State Administration of Radio, Film
Broadcasting systems with other standards will be forced to
embrace the standard system after the promotion year ends, Wang
Terrestrial digital TV transmission can deliver signals to fixed
TV sets and mobile televisions such as the ones on buses.
Digital TV broadcasting can be conducted by satellite, cable and
terrestrial television, which increase the efficiency of operators
and provide better quality pictures for viewers.
Terrestrial digital television is designed to replace the
existing analog system through which the majority of viewers in
China watch the TV networks.
The number of households with digital broadcasting facilities
rose from one million in 2004 to 4.13 million in 2005.
(Xinhua News Agency August 20, 2006)