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Japan starts tests to prepare for digital TV broadcasting

Japan on Friday began tests to prepare the country for the total shift from analogue television broadcasting to digital terrestrial services scheduled in two years.

world Updated: Jul 24, 2009 17:30 IST

Japan on Friday began tests to prepare the country for the total shift from analogue television broadcasting to digital terrestrial services scheduled in two years.

Under this, the communications ministry temporarily suspended analoge TV broadcasting service in Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Friday for trial operations.

The test was conducted for an hour from 10 am to see if any problems might occur as a result of the planned end to analoge broadcasting July 24, 2011, and to explore ways to help the public cope with the change in cooperation with local governments, Kyodo news agency reported.

Suzu, a city located on the tip of the prefecture's Noto Peninsula facing the Sea of Japan, was picked as the test site because it is sparsely populated with about 6,600 households so the trial was expected to affect relatively few people and local authorities, the communications ministry said.