Japan: 70% of families have DTV receiver

The Japanese government has estimated 69.5 per cent of Japanese families had acquired TVs or tuners to receive terrestrial digital broadcasting signals as of the end of September, up 8.8 points from March.

The increase came as the government offered Eco-points for purchasing new TVs under an economic stimulus package that allows consumers to convert the points into gift coupons.

Japan is set to end analogue broadcasting and shift completely to digital in July 2011.