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Monday, February 05, 2007
China's digital TV operators asked to provide 6 analogue channels
China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) has ordered all cable television operators in the country to provide at least six channels of analogue programmes when they digitalise their services.

There have been complaints by users of cable television that local cable TV operators had closed all the analogue cable TV channels and that the charges for digital cable TV programmes and the set-top box used to receive the digital cable TV signals are too high.

It was in response to these complaints that the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television has now asked all cable television operators to include six analogue channels for the users to choose.

The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television has also asked digital television operators to reduce the subscription rate.

China plans to replace the existing analogue cable television with digital cable television in all the cities in its eastern and central regions and most of those in the western area by 2010, according to a national five-year (2006-2010) guideline on cultural development, released on September 13, 2006.

The country is promoting digital cable television in urban areas. In all, 25 Chinese cities, including Qingdao, Hangzhou, Dalian, Shenzhen, Taiyuan, Nanjing and Nanning, have switched from analogue cable TV to digital cable TV.

Throughout the country, digital cable TV subscribers have surpassed 12 million, according to the SARFT.

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