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The government said Friday it estimates 69.5 percent of Japanese families had acquired TVs or tuners to receive terrestrial digital broadcasting signals as of the end of September, up 8.8 points from March.

The increase came as the government offered Eco-points for purchasing new TVs designed to receive such signals as well as new air conditioners and refrigerators, under an economic stimulus package that allows consumers to convert the points into gift coupons and the like.

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