Hong Kong will implement full digital TV broadcasting on December 1. The Commerce & Economic Development Bureau today urged households using analogue TVs to obtain digital TV receivers for continued access to local free TV programmes.
According to survey findings, by July nearly 95% of Hong Kong households had switched to digital TV, with only 2.6% of households still using analogue TVs.
Analogue TV households can purchase a suitable digital set-top box or a digital TV set according to their family needs.
The Government has engaged the Hong Kong Council of Social Service to launch the Community Care Fund Digital Television Assistance Programme.
Analogue TV households benefiting from specified social assistance programmes or are of low-income will not be required to go through additional means testing. Eligible households can choose either a set-top box, a 24-inch digital TV set or a 32-inch digital TV set.
Within eight weeks after receipt of an application, the electrical appliances contractor will liaise with the applicant and arrange the delivery and installation of a digital TV receiver as well as disposal of the old analogue TV set.
As of now, more than 17,500 applications have been received, of which some 14,300 households have digital TV receivers successfully installed.
Application forms can be obtained from the 100 district service units that assist in implementing the programme and the Home Affairs Enquiry Centres in the 18 districts, or downloaded from the programme website.
The programme will run until July 15, 2021.
Call 2922 9230 for enquiries.