Local television viewers will be able to enjoy their favourite Channel 8 dramas and sitcoms in full digital glory by the end of next year.
The Media Development Authority here announced on Tuesday that all Singapore's free-to-air channels will be adopting the digital (DVB-T2) broadcasting standard by 2013.
If successful, this should translate into sharper and clearer images and surround-sound effects for viewers. It is also expected to free up space to speed up wireless broadband connections in Singapore's homes.
Further plans to offer Channel 5,8, Suria, and Vasantham in High Definition by end 2013 and Okto, Channel U, and Channel News Asia by 2016 are also in the works.
The development comes after a trial of 500 households conducted last year to test the suitability of digital signals in housing estates here.
Both digital and analogue signals will be broadcast together to allow households here to get used to the change until the switchover is complete in 2020.