MDA launches Digital TV Assistance Scheme

SINGAPORE - The Media Development Authority (MDA) has launched the Digital TV Assistance Scheme to help eligible low-income households switch to digital TV.

According to DA Chief Executive Officer, Ms Koh Lin-Net, over 160,000 households that meet the qualifying criteria are expected to benefit from the scheme.

Eligible households refer to those with a monthly household income of $1,900 or below or monthly household income per person of $600 or lower.

The Assistance Scheme package includes a free digital TV set-top box, an indoor antenna and installation.

Each eligible household is entitled to one Assistance Scheme package.

According to MDA, one or two-room HDB rental flat dwellers and recipients of Comcare, Singapore Indian Development Association, Mendaki and Chinese Development Assistance Council assistance who meet the eligibility criteria have been automatically included in the Assistance Scheme.

This means that they do not need to apply for the package.

24,000 auto-included households in seven estates Bukit Batok, Jurong East, Ang Mo Kio, Clementi, Bukit Timah, Bukit Panjang and Chua Chu Kang South will be receiving letters from MDA over the next few days.

For other low-income households that meet the eligibility criteria, application forms for the Assistance Scheme are available at Community Centres or Clubs, Senior Activity Centres and HDB Branch Offices at the seven estates.

They can also be downloaded from MDA's website at www.mda.gov.sg/DigitalTVAssistanceScheme.

stephluo@sph.com.sg

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