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Southeast Asian nations agree on a digital set-top box specification


In order to facilitate the digital TV changeover in the region, the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) recently laid out a standard spec for both SD and HD set-top boxes. They're still talking things over like interactive TV, MPEG-4 licensing fees, a standard for digital sound and 720p/1080i transmission, but expect this to push forward digital TV efforts in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Another part of the deal is a new ASEAN HD Centre to facilitate HD co-productions in the area, so even if your vacation doesn't include Southeast Asia more HD content could be headed this way.

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