Migrating to Digital TV Broadcasts, Underprivileged Papuans receive Free Set Top Boxes

JAYAPURA - Underprivileged Papuans are guaranteed to receive free set top box facilities to enjoy digital TV broadcasts at home.

The migration of analog to digital TVs (ASO / Analog Switch OFF) will start from April 30, 2022 to November 2, 2022, as mandated by Law 11/2020 on Job Creation.

It is also technically regulated through PP 46 /2021 on POSTEL and broadcasting and other ministerial regulations.

"Especially for underprivileged people who enter the Central Government's DTKS (Social Welfare Data) and LPP Multiplexing, preparing a Set Top Box for underprivileged people".

"So, underprivileged citizens can still enjoy digital broadcasts even with analog TV," explained the Head of the Papua Communication and Informatics Department, Jeri A. Yudianto, Wednesday (27/4/2022).

For ASO in Papua Province, Jeri continued, the first phase will be entered on April 30, 2022, which includes Jayapura City, Jayapura Regency and Keerom Regency.

While the second phase on November 2, 2022, which was held in 10 other regencies including Merauke, Jayawijaya, Yahukimo, Mamberamo Raya, Mamberamo Tengah, Yalimo, Nabire, Biak Numfor and Supiori.

"But what you need to know is that Digital TV is not Streaming TV or Cable TV. Digital TV is a non-paid TV and does not require a data package (Free to Air) with clean image quality and clear sound"

"Of course, the biggest hope of the migration of analog TV to digital TV is the use of Spectrum/Frequency which has been used for broadcasting, can be spared to spur increased digitalization in Indonesia," he said.

Digital television broadcasting is broadcasting by using digital signal modulation and compression systems to provide cleaner, clearer and sophisticated image quality.

However, there are several things that are needed to be able to watch digital television broadcasts.

Namely, there are digital television broadcasts and have UHF antennas either in the form of outdoor antennas (outdoor) or antennas in the house (indoor) which are also commonly used to capture analog television broadcasts.

Meanwhile, if residents only have analog televisions, it is necessary to install a decoder set top box.

The Set Top Box will help the digital television signal captured by the antenna to be displayed even if the television is for analog broadcast. ***