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Digital TV to replace analog tomorrow
By GREER FAY CASHMAN
03/29/2011
Consumers will need a set top box (STB) and will gain access to channels 1 and 33, the Knesset Channel, and commercial channels 2 and 10.
Analog TV is on the way out, and digital TV is now the prevailing system.

After Wednesday, March 30, old fashioned analog TV sets can no longer depend on the roof or indoor antennae to facilitate receipt of television transmission, and consumers will need a set top box (STB) that retails for approximately NIS 400.

An STB is a decoding device connected to both an external signal source and the television set to display content on the screen.

Those who make the STB connection will gain access to the Israel Broadcasting Authority’s channels 1 and 33, the Knesset Channel, and commercial channels 2 and 10.

Over the next year or two, at no extra cost, IDAN Plus – a Hebrew acronym for Israel Accessible Digital Channels, the new digital terrestrial television service – will provide access to an array of additional channels, especially if Moshe Kahlon retains both the Communications and Welfare and Social Services portfolios.

Kahlon has been pushing for more free-to-air channels with the aim of reducing the price of TV entertainment for consumers.

The Second Authority for Radio and Television has been given responsibility for IDAN Plus, and consumers wanting to know more are advised to call *9524.
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