Singapore, May 2014 – MediaCorp is transmitting all free-to-air (FTA) channels under the Digital Video Broadcasting – Second Generation Terrestrial format (DVB-T2) since December 2013. Existing analogue TV signals will continue to broadcast alongside the digital TV signals, for at least another two years until Singapore and ASEAN complete the switchover to digital broadcasting.

After the current analogue channels are switched off, MediaCorp TV channels will not be available if one does not have a DVB-T2 ready television or a DVB-T2 ready set-top box – such as the AC Ryan Playon! LIVE. Pay-TV subscribers will still be able to receive the MediaCorp FTA channels for as long as they maintain their subscriptions.

Sporting a minimalistic, Charcoal Black finish, the Playon! LIVE strikes you immediately with its fresh take on design, a refreshing contrast to boring, conventional DVRs. Building on its minimalistic top-down design philosophy, tuning into your favourite DVB-T2 channels is as simple as its design suggests. Upon initial launch, Playon! LIVE prompts for a scan to capture all available channels, and stores them in memory. Channel listings are presented along with an Electronic Program Guide (EPG), activated by pressing the EPG button.

Boasting a stellar feature set, standard functionalities such as DVR, time-shifting and scheduled recordings are similarly a breeze on the Playon! LIVE. Recordings are seamlessly saved in external storage connected via USB, while audio/subtitles switching is also provided for dual sound programs.

Playback is smooth and seamless, with the Playon! LIVE supporting nearly every popular HD format used today – the likes of MKV, RMVB and MOV to name a few. To top off the all-round experience, the Playon! LIVE also supports HDMI Passthrough for Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Plus.

The built-in DVB-T2 tuner is v1.3.1 compliant, and decodes Dolby Digital Plus or E-AC3 audio codecs natively – a stringent requirement of certain countries, Singapore amongst them. When coupled with its minimalist indoor antenna, signals are easily tapped onto by the Playon! LIVE.

In the box you’ll find a feature-packed IR remote control supplied with the player, an indoor antenna, HDMI cable, AV cables, remote control batteries and quick guide – so you can start enjoying the Playon! LIVE as soon as you get home.

To help consumers identify compatible equipment, MDA has introduced a DVB-T2 consumer label mark (DTV Label Mark). The label mark helps guide consumers in the purchasing of digital set-top boxes that support Singapore’s DVB-T2 network. AC Ryan’s Playon! LIVE is proud to bear the DTV Label Mark supporting surround sound.

Playon! LIVE is available in stores (SRP: S$129) starting July 2014. Alongside its debut is also the AC Ryan Playon! DVB-T2 Booster Antenna (SRP: S$49).

Ask your local electronics dealer for availability, or visit www.acryan.com for an overview of retail outlets.