18 February 2018
Myanmar Radio and Television and five content providers signed a cooperation agreement in Yangon on Saturday. It aims to develop local media industry by adding more digital free to air channels to Multi-Channel Playout System through DVB-T2.
Under the agreement, the five content providers have to send their contents to MRTV station in Yangon – the station will send the contents to satellite and sub stations across the country for broadcast.
The agreement is valid for broadcast before a broadcast council is formed. The providers have to apply for license again for broadcast at the council which will be formed after the amendment to the Broadcasting Law 2015.
Director General, Myanmar Radio and Television, Myint Htwe said “The agreement is officially acceptable till that time. The providers have to apply for license again for broadcast at the council. We explained about it to the providers.”
MD, DVB Multimedia Group, Khin Maung Soe said “I think the Council will grant license if we are active in the industry so it will depend on our works. I believe we will get it.”
New Content providers are on the digital platform while Myanmar has a commitment to ASEAN for fully coverage of digital broadcasting on 2020.
MD, KMA TeleMedia Holdings Company Limited, Thadoe Kyaw said “We know the number of analogue audiences is much more than that of digital ones. Analogue broadcasting will be switched off on 2020. So people will move to the digital platform. We are here ready on the platform to compete.”
It is also learnt that state-owned channels like MRTV and Myawaddy as well as other private channels also have to apply for license for broadcast at the Council.
New Content Providers
Mizzima Media Company Limited
DVB Multimedia Group Company Limited
Fortune Broadcasting Company Limited
KMA TeleMedia Holdings Company Limited
My Multi Media Group Company Limited