Japanese TV to end analogue cable in 2015

Japanís communications ministry, NHK and commercial TV broadcasters have approved a proposal to end the conversion of digital signals into analogue signals for cable TV broadcasters in March 2015, the ministry said. The proposal is a key part of the action program adopted by the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry, NHK and the commercial broadcasters at a plenary meeting of their national association for the promotion of terrestrial digital broadcasts.

The ministry plans to maintain the conversion service for the owners of analogue-format television sets as a provisional measure after Japan terminates analogue-based TV broadcasts completely in July 2011. Under the schedule, the ministry had been seeking to set a time frame for ending the digital-analogue conversion service.

The action plan also encourages TV broadcasters to include a message in the corner of the screen informing viewers that analogue broadcasts will end in July 2011, the ministry said.