NBTC to subsidise digital switch

More populist policies from the government, I won’t start a rant about how the government is throwing more of my tax-paying money for their own self interests i.e. CTH, but will try to consider this from a stock perspective.

Who benefits? Well I believe Grammy, RS, and Work will be benefit as they are linked to this digital/satellite industry.

Who loses? True, why would anyone want to use True’s cable boxes if the satellite system offers more options for a cheaper price.

All 22 million households in Thailand look set to receive a subsidy package to upgrade to a digital television set or set-top box to ease the nationwide transition to a digital TV system.

The broadcasting committee of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) approved in principle yesterday a decision to give away discount coupons to help viewers.

A discount coupon will be provided for people who want to buy a new TV set or set-top box to receive digital TV signals.

A digital set-top box costs around 800-1,000 baht, which means the total cost of the subsidy for the NBTC could be as high as 22 billion baht.

 Source: Bangkok Post


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