Implementing rules for digital TV out by end-June

by Alvin Elchico, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 28 2014 06:17 PM | Updated as of May 29 2014 08:53 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The long wait may be over soon for consumers who want to get the digital box, as the country shifts from analog to digital TV.

National Telecommunications Commission director Edgardo Cabarios said the implementing rules and regulation will be finished by June.

He said the target commercial roll out of the digital box will be around August or September this year.

Cabarios said the set up box will retail starting at P1,500. The box will be used to transmit digital signal from broadcasting companies who have shifted to digital format to households.

The NTC has already ordered television stations to shift from the current analog to digital terrestrial television (DTT) using the Japanese integrated services digital broadcasting terrestrial (ISDB-T) protocol.

It also has an integrated emergency warning broadcast system, which can be useful in typhoons, floods and earthquakes.

ABS-CBN is one of the first to shift to the digital format.

"Maganda siya, kahit sa bus malinaw o sasakyan...Di sya galaw ng galaw," Cabarios said.

Consumer Jose Plamengco, one of the recipients of Failon Ngayon's free digital box promo on DZMM, said they now have better signal.

Channels that have shifted to digital can also be seen using the digibox like ABS-CBN, DZMM Teleradyo, Yey Cartoon Channel, Pinoy movies, GMA-7, Solar and PTV-4.

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