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In addition to the previous post, here are some more latest news and info with regards to digital TV in the Phillipines


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ABS-CBN to broadcast UAAP games in High Definition (HD).

Peter Musngi, ABS-CBN Sports vice-president admitted there a lot of things on the horizon for the UAAP broadcast.

In particular, he mentioned the continued effort to find young blood as every year the UAAP and the NCAA get a fresh bunch of college students to serve as courtside reporters for their respective school teams. The same goes for the main broadcast panel, of which Musngi felt is arguably the best in the country.

Wow! We will surely be able to see all the fouls committed! ahahahha

Cignal Digital TV was also launched this year.

[Press Release] MediaScape, a wholly-owned subsidiary of MediaQuest Holdings, Inc., recently launched Cignal Digital TV, enabling prospective viewers in uncabled areas to have crystal-clear, digital TV viewing experience.

Cignal Digital TV will initially offer 20 channels, all of which are among the most-watched channels in the country.

Cignal subscribers will have crystal-clear access to free-to-air channels ABS-CBN 2, TV5, NBN 4, GMA, CS9, QTV, IBC 13, Studio 23, 2nd Avenue, ETC, and NET 25, and high-rating premium channels HBO, Disney Channel, Cartoon Network, CNN, PBO, Viva Cinema, AXN, BIO, and RHTV (dzRH Television).

Audio channels from the FM band will also be available to Cignal Digital TV subscribers, such as 90.7 Love Radio, 101.1 Yes! FM, Magic 89.9, 92.3 XFM, 99.5 RT, NU 107, GVFM 99.1, and AM radio dzRH.

GMA 7 is planning to spend millions for Digital TV integration but sad to say.. they’re a bit behind the pack.

More recent news:

“The DVB-H is the recommended standard by the second Technical Working Group. The price of set-top boxes is the primary consideration in the choice of DTT standard,” said Sarmiento.

He said the group also conducted a comparative analysis study on the adoption of either a “single standard” or an “open standard” policy, including the socioeconomic aspects of such migration, comments from the broadcasting operators and the cost of the digital boxes.

But the recommendation has yet to be approved by the NTC. “The commission is in the process of studying and deliberating on the different DTT standards that would be chosen for adoption in the country. When approved, the target date of the full implementation would be at the end of 2015,” said Sarmiento.


So what will happen now?Well, the first Technical working group has already recommended DVB-T and now the second group also recommended the same. I don’t know if they are still waiting for something magical but if the two groups are to be believed, then i think we should start the ball rolling for DVB-T. If Japan would like to help us with ISDB-T then lets take it too. Since the two standards are almost the same, maybe we could use both.

How will common users be able to used Digital TV? Well, all you need is a Diigital TV ready Television Set. If you don’t have one, you can buy a cheaper gadget called converter box. Oh, the government plans to subsidize the converter boxes.

THE National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) said it is looking at the possibility of subsidizing the cost of converter box that would allow analog televisions to receive digital broadcasts when the country migrates to digital terrestrial TV (DTT) by 2015.

But the NTC is also thinking of moving the date – December 2015 – when the switch-off from Analog to digital TV. This is to further put the Philippines behind. Well, isn’t it?

Oh, aren’t you happy that colored TV’s are now getting cheaper? Coz most of them are not DTV ready. So next time you buy a brand new TV, make sure its DTV ready. And old TV sets from Japan (which they call SURPLUS) are piling up here in the country.

UPDATE – 3/25/09:

ABS-CBN is gearing up for the big switch from analog to digital television, according to Charo Santos-Concio, network president and chief operating officer.

“In May, the network is launching a test run in Pampanga,” she told Inquirer Entertainment in an exclusive interview.

The network is distributing digital boxes to a random sampling of households in the Central Luzon province, Concio explained. “The test run will allow us to get feedback from viewers, too. That will help us determine viewer preferences. Do they want another Filipino movie channel? A men’s channel? A channel for children?”

Next, let’s talk about Digital TV on Mobile Phones.

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12 Responses so far.

  1. Leonard Pe says:

    hmm kailan kaya yan umabot ng southern mindanao?

  2. migs says:

    ummm.. after 2010 elections. :D
    Kung ako sa kanila, mas magandang test market ang mindanao.. :D

  3. 0987 says:

    …tama cguro kung sa mindanao muna mauna kc pag d2 inuna xure aapear agas yan sa manila…..

  4. acid says:

    “But the NTC is also thinking of moving the date – December 2015 – when the switch-off from Analog to digital TV. This is to further put the Philippines behind. Well, isn’t it?”

    Iniisip lang nila siguro ‘yung current economy ng bansa. maraming mga pinoy ang baka hindi kayaning makabili ng converter boxes kahit pa sabihin nating mura o kahit pa subsidized. i’d very much like that technology progress in the country, however, the phils is not a rich country in industrial terms.

  5. ariel says:

    OK ako nito na mag-digital na tayo para maiiwasan na yan mga distortion kagaya sa amin nasa central mindanao kami gusto sana kami manood na GMA channel5 sa Davao City hindi clear kasi mag-aagawan sila sa airwaves ng ABS-CBN channel5 na nakabase sa Cotabato City at sa ABC channel2 naman sa Davao hindi rin maganda ang signal dahil din sa ABS-CBN channel2 in Cagayan de Oro City.Pag digital na ok na ang lahat wala ng interruption with other network…Kaya go go digital na….

  6. ariel says:

    We should change to digital.Napakarami ang advantage nito.Wala ng channel from Channel 2 to channel 13…UHF na lahat at wala ng agawan sa ere.Concern lang kasi to sa mga provincial area na napagitna.So clear na ang lahat..Let’s switch to digital age…

  7. By December 31, 2015, lahat ng television broadcast station na nasa analog ay lilipat na sa digital. Sayang naman, baka pati IBC 13 ilalagay rin sa digital.

  8. JCI JO says:

    the technical body says, it’s around 15 to 20 kms from transmitter, the effective reception of digital broadcast,, this means, a lot of transmitter to be deployed in a big city…sana, kung channel 17 ka,, sa channel 17 ka mapapanood kahit saan sa pinas, para di na malito ang tao kung anong network ang pinapanood mo sa channel 17 malipat ka man ng ibang probinsya…sa isang banda,,, maraming job and business opportunity dito sa digital broadcasting,,, similar to cellfone network, paramihan ng cellsite dito,,, malamang, for everytown, isang UHF transmitter ang ilalagay…huhhhh malaking pera ang involve dito tsktsk… marami ring trabaho,,, at kasama na ang negosyo like local advertising hhhmmm…. sana malagyan ng transmitter sa bayan namin sa camnorte… go DTV,,, go ISDB-T….

  9. There are so many entities and corporations that are not taking full advantage of local internet search choices.

  10. JCI JO says:

    my worry here, in the near future,, there will be no more free-to-air channels,, as every tv network plans to sell their own STB… and their STB’s are capable to encrypt digital signals…

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  12. medicboy says:

    im fedup on monthly billing ; now please wherecan i buy this product by abs-cbn. thanks

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