Taiwan TV to enter digital era by 2010
The government will recall by 2010 all analog terrestrial television frequencies currently in use in Taiwan to make way for the full implementation of digital TV broadcasting, Council for Economic Planning and Development officials said yesterday.
The universality of digital TV is expected to boost the development of the liquid crystal display and digital content industries and bring about competition between terrestrial and cable broadcasters in upgrading their audio and video quality, the officials said.
They noted that there have been 14 digital terrestrial channels in Taiwan since digital terrestrial broadcasting was launched in the country in July 2004, but there are only 130,000 users at present.
A by-election for the chairmanship of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party is slated for today, with three candidates running for the post.
The candidates include former Presidential Office Secretary-General Yu Shyi-kun (游錫堃), former Changhua County Magistrate Wong Chin-chu and Legislator Trong Chai (蔡同榮).
Based on the outcome of the last DPP chairmanship election in 2005, around 60,000 DPP members out of the total membership of 234,000 are expected to cast votes and the candidate able to garner over 30,000 votes would win the race, a political analyst said, adding that the voter turnout was expected to be around 26 percent.
Taiwan's energy consumption in the 11 months of 2005 amounted to 99.25 million kiloliters of crude oil equivalents (KLOEs), up 3.13 percent from the same period of the previous year, according to a report released yesterday by the Bureau of Energy.
The Taipei City government will provide free environmentally friendly firecracker tapes for citizens to play as the Lunar New Year, which falls on January 29, draws near.
Officials of the Department of Environmental Protection said that they came up with the idea to mitigate the noise pollution caused by firecrackers.
Taipei residents can either go to the department to get free tapes or they could go to the Web site of the department to download the audio file, the officials said. To control noise pollution during Lunar New Year, the department will also fine offenders, the officials said.
They said that if citizens are caught setting off firecrackers within 50 meters of Taipei schools or medical institutions, they will face a fine between NT$3,000 and NT$30,000.