Digital television research and development started in China in the 1980s. Implementation has been underway over the last decade and the digitalization of the three platforms (cable, terrestrial and satellite) is in progress. Focusing on the strategic positioning of these three digital
TV platforms, this article outlines the current situation, including take-up, coverage, service pattern, government support, and the main techniques and then expounds the two problems confronting digital TV in China.
The International Journal of Digital Television will describe and explain the transition to digital TV and wider trends in television. As switchover happens across the globe and television's operations and audiences are transformed, the International Journal of Digital Television will be at the forefront of efforts to understand the changes and developments.