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