Philippines chooses Japanese digital TV format

Regulators set to conduct public hearing on October 29.


ABS-CBN News reports that the Philippine president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has officially endorsed the Japanese Digital TV standard to replace the current Analogue TV system.

The endorsement was made when Aquino talked to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the 23rd ASEAN Summit, happened in Brunei Darussalam last October 10.

 

Aquino has told the Prime Minister that government studies showed that the Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting – Terrestrial (ISDB-T) standard was much superior than others.

“Ang pinaka-clincher, yung emergency broadcast capability,” he added. “I was told it was used during the Fukushima incident.”

 

The President also tells that the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), which is the regulatory body for telecommunications in the country, will conduct “one last hearing with the stateholders.”

NTC has scheduled to conduct a public hearing on the adoption of the Japanese Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) standard this Tuesday, October 29, at the NTC Building in Quezon City.

Kapisanan ng mga Broadcasters ng Pilipinas (KBP) and other television networks are expected to attend the hearing.

 

The President is scheduled to visit Japan this December, and where he is expected to formally give its approval for the use of the DTT standard.

The government has previously set to migrate to digital standard by December 31, 2015.

 

SOURCE: ABS-CBN News (link 1, link 2)

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