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MYTV Broadcasting or MYTV is a Malaysian television broadcasting company providing free digital terrestrial television in the country, considered a first of its kind in the country.[1] It is owned by Altel Holdings/Altel Communications and was planned to start broadcasting by mid-2015.[2] The DTT service is officially branded as myFreeview since August 2015, though the legal name of the company remained unchanged.[3] A billion MYR deal have been signed with Telekom Malaysia to distribute the services.[4] The set top box has been available for sale as of February 2017, after long delays of building infrastructure and other issues.[5][6][7][8]

MYTV Broadcasting
Private
IndustryBroadcasting, digital terrestrial television provider
Founded19 November 2014; 4 years ago (2014-11-19) in Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Headquarters
Cyberjaya
,
Malaysia
Areas served
Nationwide
Key people
Michael Chan (CEO)
ProductsTelevision broadcasting
OwnerAltel Holdings
MYTV Broadcasting Sdn Bhd
Websitewww.mytvbroadcasting.my

Its in-house service MyFreeview was officially launched at 6 June 2017.[9] Its main competitor would be the free-to-view satellite based service Astro NJOI which has far more channels to view. Current coverage for this service is roughly 93% of population, to which it will expand to 98% in the future.[5][10][11]

HistoryEdit

DevelopmentsEdit

Taiwanese company Allion Labs, Inc. has been awarded accreditation from the Standards and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia (SIRIM) to become the first lab facility for digital television in Malaysia.[12] Around 30 channels have been set to broadcast in the first stage.[13] HbbTV services are also integrated into MYTV service with the usage of Sofia Digital's HbbTV technology.[14][15]

First phaseEdit

East Coast Peninsular Malaysia has been chosen as the first site for testing followed by East Malaysia, and northern and southern Peninsular Malaysia before reaching Klang Valley.[16] In Sabah, around 1,500 households have been selected for the test.[17]

Transmission feeEdit

According to MYTV, the initial annual rental fee for a 24-hour free-to-air TV channel was RM 12 million for a SDTV channel and RM 25 million for a HDTV channel for a continuous 24 hour slot.[8] However, following reports of Media Prima might quit free-to-air transmission due to unviable fees,[18] MYTV may introduce bandwidth based charging, which is already in consideration.[citation needed] On a statement given by MYTV CEO Michael Chan announced that transmission fees will be waived until June 2018, when Malaysia completes DTT migration by terminating analogue transmission. Rebates will be also given on a case-by-case basis for six months up to the end of 2018. He is also looking to bring the transmission fee down to between RM8 million and RM18 million, since the Malaysian TV market do not accept fees of RM12 million or RM25 million per channel.[10] The transmission cost for each SD and HD channel was eventually revised to RM6.7 milion and RM7.4mil respectively per year. [19]

DistributionsEdit

According to former Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek, the MYTV Basic decoder would be distributed to around two million select Malaysian households while other recipients would be determined later.[16] All 2 million households had now been determined and it would be sent to recipients house via PosLaju.[20]

Types of decoders used by MYTV BroadcastingEdit

There would be 3 types of set top boxes planned for use by MYTV, all with approved certification by "DTTV Malaysia". The first one is the trial test decoder, which was distributed to selected households for test transmission (which itself need to return to MYTV andeventually replaced by MYTV Basic STB). There are two standard set-top boxes issued, the first being the "MYTV Basic" decoder to be given to 2 million selected households nationwide for free, while the other is the standard "MYTV Advance" decoder, which is sold for RM299 excluding GST at Pos Malaysia branches and selected electrical stores. CI slots comes as a standard for both set top boxes, which it may be used for pay TV in the future.[21] The major differences for these set-top boxes is the latter one (MYTV Advance) comes with support for HbbTV while MYTV Basic did not come with such support. MYTV has sign an agreement with Pensonic to distribute MYTV Advance set top box exclusively on 29 November 2016.[22] Digital televisions with "DTTV Malaysia" certification can also be used to receive transmission.[6][20][5]

Requirements to receive a free MYTV test decoder (known as MYTV Basic)Edit

  • Did not subscribe to paid broadcasts.
  • Came from low-income group.
  • Included in the category of recipients of government aid.

While households that are not listed as recipients of government aid could get the free decoders from branches which would be set up in every state after the launch in 2017. The temporary decoder would be replaced with a new decoder (known as MYTV Basic) in the final DTT test broadcasts at the end of 2016 with remote areas being distributed by Pos Malaysia.[23]

ServicesEdit

List of channels and services on MyFreeviewEdit

The following channels and services are carried or planned to be carried on MyFreeview platform:[7][14][15][20][24]

TV channels Radio channels OTT/Interactive services
  • RTM Superteks (text service)
  • RTM MyKlik (video service)
  • Media Prima OTT service

Transmitters and frequenciesEdit

According to MYTV, there are 13 test phase sites which will be operate on the first stage, which it currently covers around 80% of population. MYTV will eventually develop 60 main transmitters and 40 gap fillers which it will cover 98% of population.[5] Based on the information provided by myFreeview, 34 transmission sites are utilized to cover around 93% of Malaysian population via outdoor antenna. [11]

ControversyEdit

myFreeview viewers residing in some/all parts of Sabah, Sarawak, Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Perak are facing prolonged no transmission issues since 11 and 25 October 2018, which 20 of 34 transmission sites has been taken down due to a payment dispute between Telekom Malaysia (TM) and MYTV Broadcasting. The remaining 14 sites was planned to taken down by TM at 1 November but those sites was eventually not taken down after intervention by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). This dispute places analogue switch-off, which is planned on third quarter of 2021, in question. [19] [25] Digital TV transmission on all 20 affected sites was fully restored on 30 November 2018, when both parties reached a compromise. [26]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Malaysia to pioneer digital terrestrial television broadcasting services". Bernama. The Rakyat Post. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  2. ^ "MyTV to offer services a year earlier than planned". The Edge Financial Daily. The Malaysian Insider. 18 August 2014. Archived from the original on 10 May 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "myFreeview home page". Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  4. ^ Daniel Khoo (19 November 2014). "RM1bil deal to provide digital terrestrial television in Malaysia". The Star. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d "Liputan Siaran (Broadcast Coverage)" (in Malay). MYTV Broadcasting. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  6. ^ a b "HOW TO RECEIVE MYFREEVIEW DIGITAL BROADCAST". Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  7. ^ a b "MYTV statement on Facebook" (in Malay). 13 May 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  8. ^ a b "TV digitization in full swing" (PDF). 16 February 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Event for 6 June 2017". The EDGE Markets. 6 June 2017. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  10. ^ a b "MYTV to waive fees up to June 2018". 19 June 2017. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  11. ^ a b "Coverage from myFreeview website". Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  12. ^ Allion Labs, Inc. (9 April 2015). "Allion Becomes World's First Laboratory to Provide Digital Terrestrial TV Broadcast Receiver Testing for the Malaysian Market". Allion Labs, Inc. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  13. ^ Zamzurina Ahmad (5 July 2015). "30 saluran percuma TV" (in Malay). Utusan Malaysia. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  14. ^ a b "Sofia Digital's HbbTV technology delivered to Malaysian RTM". 11 March 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  15. ^ a b "New TV services – Case example". Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  16. ^ a b Ong Han Sean (10 July 2015). "East coast cities to receive trial MYTV service in digital format". The Star. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  17. ^ "New Sabah digital TV experience". Daily Express. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  18. ^ "Media Prima may exit FTA space due to unviable DTT fee". 9 May 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  19. ^ a b "MYTV in payment dispute with TM". The Star (Malaysia). 2 November 2018. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  20. ^ a b c "MYTV FAQ" (in Malay). MYTV Broadcasting. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  21. ^ "MYTV Installation Guide" (in Malay). MYTV Broadcasting. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  22. ^ Tan Sin Chow (29 November 2016). "Pensonic to distribute MYTV Advance decoder sets". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  23. ^ "1,500 Sabah households for digital broadcast tests". Daily Express. 11 July 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  24. ^ "MYTV Broadcasting DTT Trial + Singapore DTT (Updated 2 June 2017)".
  25. ^ "MYTV-TM Urged To Resolve The Digital TV Service Disruption". 14 November 2018. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  26. ^ "MYTV's digital TV service back on air, says Gobind". The Edge (Malaysia). 30 November 2018. Retrieved 1 December 2018.

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