Thursday, September 29, 2011

Office of the President: Aquino commits to settle digital TV issue by early 2012

It was foretold that the Malacanang is ready to issue an executive order regarding the official adoption of the Japanese ISDB-T digital terrestrial TV standard before President Aquino flies to Japan. But since then, the office wasn’t too ready because of economic timing and second thoughts.

Now, President Aquino commits to settle the digital terrestrial TV standard by early next year. It will be a short delay, but we are still expecting for the good. Hope that the government settle this issue without introducing again anything. Back last month, the National Telecommunications Commission, the governing body set to adopt the official DTTV standard, finally choses ISDB-T over the European DVB-T2.

One thing that we also read in this article was the concern regarding the Philippines’ adoption of Betamax standard against the VHS. We mean, it is just like comparing onions to fruits. Betamax and VHS are recording standards; it may also be connected to TV broadcast but still, broadcast standards are way too different to compare with the first. Read the article after the break.

TOKYO, Japan: President Benigno Aquino III made an assurance that the Philippines will soon complete its technical evaluation of its digital television format in the first quarter of 2012.

During a roundtable discussion between President Aquino and Japanese leaders, Marubeni Corp., one of Japan’s major companies raised its concerns over the Digital TV issue in the Philippines, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Sonny Coloma, Jr. said in a media briefing in Tokyo.

Coloma said that the President told Marubeni that the National Telecommunication Commission is still in the process of evaluating the issue given the rapid developments in communications technology.

Coloma said that when the issue was first raised last year, the dominant standard was the European standard. There was a Europe I standard and since then a Europe II standard has also come up and the President pointed out that the Philippines in the past adopted the betamax standard when the rest of the world had the VHS format, he said.

Settling the standard issues is the reason why the President wants a more deliberate technical evaluation process to ensure that there will be no disruption in the social or cultural aspect, Coloma explained.

“The President mentioned that watching television is a major activity among our people, even citing that during the political campaign, the schedule of rallies at night had to be synchronized with the schedule of the popular telenovelas,” Coloma said.

“He said we don’t want any disruption arising from technology mismatch and this is why he said that the process is still ongoing. He mentioned that the decision on the technical evaluation would be completed by the first quarter of 2012,” he added.

Top executives of Marubeni met the President Tuesday committing several big ticket projects in the country in partnership with major Philippine companies like San Miguel Corp. and Aboitiz Group of Companies. – dated 28 September 2011.

Source: Office of the President News Desk

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