TV viewers warned on changes to their signals

Local | Sophie Hui 22 Nov 2021

Property owners and managers are urged to reconfigure their television signal transmission systems, with some digital channels switching to new frequencies by December 1.

The Office of the Communications Authority said residents may not be able to watch six channels from midnight on December 1 if their buildings do not renew the common antenna broadcast distribution systems in the remaining nine days.

The six channels affected are Jade 81 of Television Broadcasts Limited, ViuTVsix 96 and ViuTV 99 of HK Television Entertainment Company Limited and RTHK TV 31, RTHK TV 32 and RTHK TV 33 of Radio Television Hong Kong.

The transmitting frequencies of other digital TV channels will remain unchanged.

They are Hong Kong International Business Channel 76 and four channels of TVB: J2 82, TVB News 83, Pearl 84 and TVB Finance & Information 85.

So far, about 90 percent of households in multistory buildings with CABD systems in the city have been switched to the new frequencies, a spokesman for the authority said.

Property owners and managers were also reminded that, upon the completion of the reconfiguration of their CABD systems by contractors and on their advice, residents should be informed whether they will need to rescan for the TV program channels on their digital TV receivers.

"Property managers should pay particular attention to the elderly, ethnic minorities and other residents with special needs and provide them with appropriate assistance as necessary," he said.

For households using self-provided antennae, including residents living in village houses, bungalows and old tenement buildings, the authority said they do not need to adjust their digital TV receivers or antennae at this stage.

They should rescan for TV program channels on their digital TV receivers only if they cannot receive any of the TV channels after midnight on December 1.

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