Chinese DTV Conversion Progress Update

Recent Web site reports focusing on China indicate that the country is progressing in its transition to DTV. In a recent article, China Knowledge cites a research report by Research and Markets stating that the country will phase out analog TV by 2015. The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), the Chinese equivalent of the FCC, has established a timetable for deploying DTV. reports that SARFT has approved Yunnan Province in southwest China to begin converting from analog to digital. The conversion started with a trial among 300,000 users and ends this year. In the next phase, which starts this year, DTV is supposed to be popularized and promoted to some five million viewers. Between 2013 and 2015, DTV will be made available in all townships and villages in Yunnan Province.