Gov't plans law to digitize all TV broadcasting by 2011.
The Japanese government plans legislation to complete the digitization of terrestrial television broadcasts in about 11 years, telecom ministry officials said Thursday.
The measure is aimed at encouraging television stations to speed up their efforts to convert from analog to digital broadcasting, the officials at the Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Post and Telecommunications said.
It plans to stipulate in a revised Radio Law to make all TV broadcasts digital by 2011, along with provisions to launch state subsidies to cover part of the cost from fiscal 2001, which begins in April.
The ministry and broadcasters have agreed on targets to start digital terrestrial TV broadcasting nationwide in 2006 and stop analogue broadcasting in 2010, but there have been no legal provisions.
The ministry will allocated 12.3 billion yen in the fiscal 2001 budget for the digitization project, which it says will be used to help viewers buy digital-capable antennas and television stations to change the transmission facilities.
Revisions to the law to be submitted by the government to the ongoing regular Diet session will include a definition of broadcasters qualified to obtain the envisaged subsidies, the officials said.