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Japan Promotes Digital Receiver Standard.

Japan's Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications has proposed a common receiver for digital-TV broadcasts from communications and broadcast satellites as well as from terrestrial sources. A single receiver for all three signals is expected to encourage manufacturers to develop low-cost units and bolster consumer interest in digital technology.

More than 13 million households currently receive analog-TV broadcast-satellite programming in Japan, and viewer ship for digital transmissions is expected to explode after digital signals begin airing this December. The ministry hopes the number of communications-satellite TV viewers, about 2 million strong, will also balloon as a result of the availability of a common receiver.

The ministry, broadcasters and electronics manufacturers have set a goal of more than 10 million households using receivers for digital broadcast satellite signals within the first 1,000 days after the digital service launch.
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Publication:Video Age International
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Geographic Code:9JAPA
Date:Jan 1, 2000
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