Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Business World: Digital TV ruling out within the month

State of the Nation of President Aquino is on July 25. NTC's deadline to formally adopt the Philippines' digital terrestrial TV standard is on 15 days after July 4. Read post after the jump. 
“Within the next 15 days, we should already have come out with a decision,” NTC Commissioner Gamaliel A. Cordoba told reporters yesterday after a hearing on mobile service interconnection rates at the agency’s head office in Quezon City. 
Mr. Cordoba said the technical working group for the digital TV standard meet this week to complete the review which started last May 26. 
The review was originally scheduled to be completed last June 30. 
In June last year, NTC, citing industry consensus, said it had chosen Japan’s Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial (ISDB-T) standard as the country’s platform over Europe’s Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) technology. 
However, NTC last March decided to review all standards after a committee of the House of Representatives cited the upgraded European standard (DVB-2) as an option. 
Mr. Cordoba said the implementing rules and regulations for the country’s switch to digital TV is largely completed, awaiting only the identification of standard to be adopted. 
The government aims to complete the country’s shift to digital TV by 2015. 
Last June 28, representatives of the European Union Delegation to the Philippines and of the industry-led Digital Video Broadcasting Project presented the advantages of the upgraded European standard to the NTC. 
The following day, the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas said the Japanese standard is better suited for the country citing price concerns. - Kathleen A. Martin, dated 04 July 2011, 10:31 PM
Source: Business World

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