My old LCD TV of 7 years decided that it is time for it to retire, so I have no choice but to get a new TV. It has chosen a great timing to die before Chinese New Year. This TV that I got is a Toshiba L5450. When I was hunting for a new TV, I made sure it has an integrated digital TV tuner. Most new models have it these days, so it wasn’t difficult to shortlist a few models with it.
In case you are wondering what this digital TV thing is. Our local broadcaster, MediaCorp has been transmitting the Free-To-Air channels digitally since 2012. The plan is to scrape the traditional analog transmission by
While this is going to be prevalent, a lot people don’t actually need to be concern because they are on StarHub or SingTel paid TV. So why do I have to care about this? Because I have became a ‘cord-cutter’, meaning I do not have any StarHub or Singtel TV subscription anymore. I’m now watching most of my TV programs from overseas source with my 10moons IPTV box. So that leaves me with no Singapore channels. And that’s why the digital TV is important.
While digital TV is broadcasted over the air, our existing antennas on the HDB rooftop does not receive the signals because of the frequency. You will need to install an external antenna to get it to work. HardwareZone has an article here. I happen to have an antenna that came with my Hauppauge TV Tuner that I bought a couple of years back and I decided to plug it in to try.
The forums seem to suggest that a bigger antenna is needed for better reception, so I was trying my luck. And well, I guess I’m lucky.
I managed to get all these channels with that antenna of mine. I’m not sure why those StarHub channels are also present, but in any case there’s no image when switching to those.
This is MediaCorp’s HD 5. The reception is excellent for all the channels. Looks like I don’t need the big antenna. According to MediaCorp’s rollout plan, my area (Tampines) should get the digital TV signal in 2015 – 2016, so maybe I’m right on time. Progressively over the next few years, the whole ASEAN region will be using DVB-T2 broadcast.