Digital TV set-top boxes should be free: foundation
CNATAIPEI--The Consumers' Foundation urged the government yesterday to offer free set-top boxes to people, particularly the economically disadvantaged, as part of a policy to complete the transition to fully digital TV broadcasting in Taiwan by June 30.
June 6, 2012, 12:19 am TWN
Because of limited government subsidies for the digital switchover, some economically disadvantaged families, including elderly people in rural areas, no longer have a working TV set since the analog signal in their areas has been switched off, said the foundation's Chairman Chen Chih-yi.
The National Communications Commission (NCC) made two proposals in February for subsidizing the digital switchover — one to give each household in the country a free set-top converter box at a total cost of NT$12.2 billion (US$407 million), and the other to offer the boxes only to low income households, at an estimated total cost of NT$260 million the foundation said.
The government chose the cheaper option, Chen said at a press conference titled “Why my television goes black!”