NBTC adjusts ratio of channels for upcoming digital TV service

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BANGKOK, 12 March 2013  The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has resolved to adjust the ratio of channels for the upcoming digital TV service. 

In accordance with the new ratio, standard-definition (SD) channels will consist of 3 children’s and families’ channels, 7 news and informative channels, and 7 variety channels. High-definition (HD) channels will comprise 7 variety channels.

Previously, standard-definition channels were to consist of 5 children’s channels, 5 news channels and 10 variety channels. HD channels were to be made of 4 variety channels.

The NBTC will allow each bidder to hold rights to no more than 3 channels. The telecom regulator has yet to finalize the bid starting prices for the channels, but commission deputy chairman Nathi Sukonrat indicated the prices might be lowered for children’s channels. He expects the pricing scheme to become clear by April.