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Digital TV in the Klang Valley

Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 3:31 pm
by naim
Another hobby of mine - digital TV. :D

So when I stumbled upon this little USB stick with the familiar DVB logo at Lowyat, I had to bite.

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Malaysia is adopting the DVB-T standards, maybe this year the digital broadcast would be officially launched. Currently it's Standard Definition, but I believe High Definition trial channels would be up this year too.

Only RTM is doing the tests, but other TV stations will soon follow. The configuration below shows all available digital TV & radio channels in the Klang Valley now, broadcasting on the 658MHz band.

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There're 12 channels - 5 TV and 7 radio. All from current RTM offerings, except for 3 new TV channels: RTMi (interactive channel), Musik Aktif (music vids), Arena (sports).

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The video is pretty good, considering SD, and the digital stereo audio is excellent. Can't wait to see HD soon. :)

Re: Digital TV in the Klang Valley

Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 3:36 pm
by cassy
Thxs for the heads-up. Care to share your setup, hardware requirement & cost of the product?

Cheers

Re: Digital TV in the Klang Valley

Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 3:37 pm
by moeyHC
Thanks for sharing Bro naim.

Is it setup like a receiver on your PC? Care to share the price? The picture quality looks good.

Re: Digital TV in the Klang Valley

Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 3:50 pm
by naim
The USB stick costs RM150 (China mali, where else?). Installation on PC is a breeze. With a good antenna, you're in business in no time. Handy if you carry a laptop around. If bored, just plug the stick in, set up antenna, and you are soon watching/listening to the digital channels, wherever you are in the Klang Valley. :mrgreen:

Re: Digital TV in the Klang Valley

Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 3:51 pm
by ajay
moeyHC wrote:Thanks for sharing Bro naim.

Is it setup like a receiver on your PC? Care to share the price? The picture quality looks good.
not bad! good info =D> ..yeah i want to know the price also. how about signal coverage?

Re: Digital TV in the Klang Valley

Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:01 pm
by sentravip
How's the reception when moving around, like in a car? Izit directional, like the current antenna?

Re: Digital TV in the Klang Valley

Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:12 pm
by naim
sentravip wrote:How's the reception when moving around, like in a car? Izit directional, like the current antenna?
Dunno la, bro. I'm sitting in my bedroom in Shah Alam mucking with the thing. :)

If you can receive normal TV (UHF) in a car, then I see no prob, as long as the antenna is good. Omni (pole) antenna is ok. In fact the USB comes with a cute antenna - see my first pic above. Would be fun to stick it to the car rooftop (it has a magnetic base - hence you see in my pic, the antenna is stuck to a spoilt HDD).

Re: Digital TV in the Klang Valley

Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:19 pm
by sunn
Interesting....bro naim, tks.
May I know which shop in Lowyat holding this DVB Receiver?

Re: Digital TV in the Klang Valley

Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:32 pm
by sentravip
naim wrote:
sentravip wrote:How's the reception when moving around, like in a car? Izit directional, like the current antenna?
Dunno la, bro. I'm sitting in my bedroom in Shah Alam mucking with the thing. :)

If you can receive normal TV (UHF) in a car, then I see no prob, as long as the antenna is good. Omni (pole) antenna is ok. In fact the USB comes with a cute antenna - see my first pic above. Would be fun to stick it to the car rooftop (it has a magnetic base - hence you see in my pic, the antenna is stuck to a spoilt HDD).
Well, that's the problem, usual UHF antenna reception is blurry at it's best when moving. But when stationary (depending on the direction you park), it's doable.

From the looks of your antenna, it's non directional... that' s why I ask. :-k

It'll be good for ICE

Re: Digital TV in the Klang Valley

Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:44 pm
by darthobiguan
sentravip wrote: Well, that's the problem, usual UHF antenna reception is blurry at it's best when moving. But when stationary (depending on the direction you park), it's doable.
It is digital. Unlike analog, it wil not get blurry. When moving, some objects might be blocking from time to time. The worse will be that a few frames will be lost and thus, the picture will be jerky and scrambled.