PCO Introduces New Philippines Digital Set-Top Box

Bagong Pilipinas Digibox launched for Filipinos in transition to digital TV

The Presidential Communications Office (PCO) has announced the launch of the Bagong Pilipinas Digibox to aid Filipinos in the transition to digital TV as the Philippines prepares to shut down analog TV.

Communications Secretary Cheloy Garafil made the announcement at the Bagong Pilipinas kick-off rally at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on Sunday, January 28.

Garafil stated that the move was the PCO’s way of helping those who could not afford digital TVs in order to not get left behind when the Philippines completely ditches analog TV.

The Bagong Pilipinas Digibox is a device that, when connected to a TV, enables users to receive digital satellite broadcasts. The PCO distributed 1,000 units of the Bagong Pilipinas Digibox during the kick-off rally. Garafil also stated that the PCO would give away units for free to those who could not afford one, with distribution starting this year.

The Digibox not only offers many channels and clear reception, but also includes additional features such as an “early warning device channel” for emergency alerts.

Last week, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) announced preparations for the shutdown of analog TV and the transition to digital terrestrial television broadcasting. According to the NTC, less than a million Filipino households in Mega Manila still use analog TV.

“Bagong Pilipinas” is the administration’s brand of governance and leadership, characterized by a principled, accountable, and dependable government reinforced by unified institutions of society.

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