THE Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) said the Japanese digital TV standard is “better” than the European platform.
“ISDB-T (Integrated Service Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial (ISDB-T) is a pro-Filipino standard because it has features that can address better the needs of the Filipino viewers, not to mention that it costs less than DVB2 [Digital Video Broadcasting-Terrestrial 2], its European counterpart,” Atom Henares, chairman of the KBP TV Committee said in a statement.
The KBP statement comes after the European Union lobbied before the National Telecommunications Commission for an extension of the deadline for deciding on the Philippines’ standard.
ISDB-T can carry less channels than DVB2, Henares said, but the Japanese standard’s capacity is enough to transmit channels that will be produced by broadcast networks.
ISDB-T also features a data transmission functionality that allows broadcast networks to flash data at the TV screen of the viewers.
This feature can be used in weather forecasting and government announcements. It can also be very helpful during emergency situations given that the Philippines is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire and the Intertropical Convergence Zone.
Source: Manila Times“It is also ISDB that already has seen test broadcasts by some TV networks,” Henares said. - Darwin G. Amolejar, dated 15 July 2011.