NTC to meet broadcast firms on Japanese digital TV standard

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 11 2013 06:21 PM | Updated as of Oct 12 2013 02:21 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) will meet with broadcasting giant ABS-CBN Corp. and rival GMA Network Inc. to finalize the shift to digital technology using the Japanese standard.

A hearing with the two companies will be held on October 29.

"The hearing aims to reconfirm with industry stakeholders the technical working group’s recommendation to adopt the Japanese digital terrestrial TV standard as the Philippines’ digital TV standard,” NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba said.

President Benigno Aquino had earlier told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the Philippines is migrating to the Japanese digital standard in television. Aquino said government studies show the Japanese standard was superior to the others.

The President is scheduled to go on a state visit to Japan in December, where he is expected to give the formal approval for the shift to the Japanese standard.

Both NTC and the Department of Science and Technology had endorsed Japan’s Integrated Service Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial or ISDB-T standard over Europe's Digital Video Broadcasting-Terrestrial 2 or DVB-T2.

Cordoba on Friday released the proposed memorandum circular for "Standard for Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) Broadcast Service."

"In order to keep pace with developments in technology, the introduction of digital technology in the broadcasting service would ensure the competitiveness of the broadcast industry and afford them the opportunity to provide enhanced services to better service the viewing public," NTC said.

NTC said there is a need to have a single standard for the delivery of DTT TV services to facilitate the entry of digital broadcast services in the country.
 
"The ISDB-T standard shall be the sole standard in the delivery of DTT services in the country," it said.
 
Cordoba said the Philippines' complete migration to DTT would take at least five years.

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