The Indonesian government through the Ministry of Communication and Information (Kominfo) explained the mechanism for distributing free digital TV decoders to underprivileged communities or poor households. Set-Top Box (STB) is a very important enhancement for analog TV to receive digital TV broadcasts.

free portable stb

The mechanism for distributing free decoders from the government and multiplexing organizers was explained in the Hearing Meeting (RDP) of the Broadcasting Digitization Working Committee of the Indonesian House of Representatives Commission I and the Director General of PPI of the Ministry of Communication and Information.

The Acting Director General of PPI at the Ministry of Communication and Informatics Ismail said that the plan to distribute and install free digital TV decoders for Phase 1 Analog Switch Off (ASO) will be carried out from March 15 to April 30, 2022.

Ismail said that the distribution of the free STB was done door to door or door to door for the recipients. At the same time verification and validation of data is carried out.

The plan is for this decoder to be brought in and validated soon. So it doesn’t appear twice.

Here’s the distribution mechanism for free digital TV decoders:
Delivery to locations in districts/cities. Enter the warehouse for postal/logistics organizers in 341 districts/cities.
Door-to-door delivery to poor households as beneficiaries.

Officers verify and validate beneficiary data by including KTP KK and TV ownership at home. If it does not match, then the free STB is returned to the warehouse.
Officers handed over to those who received free digital TV set-top boxes, as well as equipment installation. until it works and works fine.
The officer scans the QR Code via WhatsApp on the TV screen with the STB installed. Then the officer inputs the name, NIK/KK, address, photo of the recipient & ID card via WhatsApp.

The officer prepares the official handover minutes to legitimate and accountable persons. The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology and multiplexing providers will start to stop broadcasting analog TV and digital TV which will be divided into three stages.

Analog TV broadcasts began to shift to be replaced by more modern and sophisticated digital TV broadcasts. This transition will bring benefits to society, clean picture, clear sound, lots of features and channels, and of course still free.

Analog TV extinction details:

  • Stage 1 : 56 Regions covering 166 Regencies/Cities : 30 April 2022
  • Stage 2 : 31 Regions covering 110 Regencies/Cities : 31 August 2022
  • Stage 3 : 25 Regions covering 63 Regencies/Cities : 2 November 2022