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The government said Tuesday 83.8 percent of families across the nation had televisions or tuners to receive terrestrial digital broadcasting signals as of the end of March, beating its target of 81.6 percent.

The diffusion rate, up 14.3 percentage points from September, came as the government offered Eco points for purchases of new TVs designed to receive such signals.

Analog broadcasting is to be terminated in favor of the digital format in July 2011. The government hopes to raise the diffusion rate to 100 percent by that April.

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