Category Archives: DTT

Studies' results are ready but Chile still delays digital TVChile tiene los resultados pero posterga laTV digital

<!--:en-->Although technical reports are ready, crossed pressures between TV and telecommunications industries are delaying Chile's digital TV decision. Chile has been a leader in technology adoption in South America but is lagging behind Uruguay in mobile TV. "We are highly aware that a wrong decision could bring about more serious concerns than a mere delay in the introduction of this technology", said new Minister of Transports and Telcommunications, Ren&eacute; Cort&aacute;zar. Meanwhile, broadcasters are lobbying more and more for the US standard.<!--:--><!--:es-->Las presiones cruzadas de la industria de la TV y de las telecomunicaciones est&aacute;n atrasando la decisi&oacute;n chilena sobre TV digital, a pesar de que ya est&aacute;n los informes t&eacute;cnicos listos. Chile es el pa&iacute;s m&aacute;s avanzado de Sudam&eacute;rica en la incorporaci&oacute;n de tecnolog&iacute;as, pero qued&oacute; detr&aacute;s de Uruguay en TV m&oacute;vil. "Estamos muy conscientes que una decisi&oacute;n errada respecto de la norma puede traer consigo problemas mayores que un atraso en la introducci&oacute;n de esta tecnolog&iacute;a", dijo el nuevo ministro de Transportes y Telecomunicaciones, Ren&eacute; Cort&aacute;zar. Los broadcasters pujan cada vez m&aacute;s por el est&aacute;ndar estadounidense.<!--:--[...]

Japanese industry does not live up to its ISDB-T promises to BrazilLa industria japonesa no cumple con Brasil por ISDB-T

<!--:en-->One of the promises made by the Japanese government to make Brazil opt for its digital TV standard, was the set-up of a semiconductors factory in Brazil. Toshiba was the alleged investor but "they were only false promises ", admitted Development Minister, Miguel Jorge. According to Minister of Science and Technology, Sergio Rezende, actually, "there was such an agreement between those governments but no government can force a company to set up a unit in one country or another ". And even when Toshiba may now be interested, this setback is an important precedent for other countries in Latin America like Chile, Colombia, Argentina and Venezuela, who are still pondering their decisions.<!--:--><!--:es-->Una de las promesas que realiz&oacute; el gobierno japon&eacute;s para que el gobierno brasile&ntilde;o eligiera la norma de TV digital de ese pa&iacute;s fue que se instalar&iacute;a una f&aacute;brica de semiconductores en Brasil. El supuesto inversor ser&iacute;a la empresa Toshiba, pero "s&oacute;lo se trat&oacute; de un blablabla", reconoci&oacute; el ministro de Desarrollo, Miguel Jorge. Su colega de Ciencia y Tecnolog&iacute;a, Sergio Rezende, dijo que "existi&oacute; el acuerdo entre gobiernos, pero ning&uacute;n gobierno puede obligar a que una empresa instale una unidad en un pa&iacute;s u otro". Toshiba s&iacute; podr&iacute;a estar ahora interesada, aunque este tropiezo es un precedente importante para otros pa&iacute;ses de Latinoam&eacute;rica como Chile, Colombia, Argentina y Venezuela que est&aacute;n meditando su decisi&oacute;n.<!--:--[...]

Brazil could have three million handsets with TV in 2010Brasil podría tener tres millones de celulares con TV en 2010

<!--:en-->Considering that 20% of the 92 million cellular phones in Japan can receive ISDB-T signal, Brazilian experts believe that Brazil should have between two and three million cellular phones with SBTVD reception capability (Brazilian Digital TV Signal, the local variant of the Japanese system) in 2010. In a statement to Teles&iacute;ntese newsletter, Rafael Peresinotto, engineer of digital TV platforms' developer EiTV, ventured that the sales of TV-enabled cellular phones will grow as they get more affordable.<!--:--><!--:es-->Teniendo en cuenta que en Jap&oacute;n el 20% de los 92 millones de celulares pueden recibir la se&ntilde;al de ISDB&#045;T, expertos brasile&ntilde;os creen que Brasil deber&iacute;a tener en 2010 entre dos millones y tres millones de celulares con capacidad de recibir la se&ntilde;al de SBTVD (Sistema Brasile&ntilde;o de TV Digital, la variante local del sistema japon&eacute;s). Rafael Peresinotto, ingeniero de EiTV, que desarrolla plataformas de TV digital, arriesg&oacute; a la newsletter Teles&iacute;ntese que las ventas de celulares con TV van a crecer a medida que el precio se torne m&aacute;s accesible.<!--:--[...]

USD 600 M for digital TV in Brazil waiting for applicants to show up US$ 600 M para TV digital en Brasil sin interesados

<!--:en-->The powerful National Bank of Economic and Social Development of Brazil (BNDES) has allocated USD 605 million to its support program to the implementation of the Brazilian digital TV system ("PROTVD"). The Program involves low-cost financing to broadcasters for building of transmission infrastructure and digital equipment. However, projects for only USD 14 million have been approved so far, according to Telesintese portal. As Daniel Alves Lima, Manager of the BNDES technology department has said, 'companies may be waiting to see the direction the market will take.' Brazilian broadcasters have opted for the Japanese ISDB-T standard because it is possible to broadcast open mobile TV without sharing revenues with mobile carriers, but there is concern about the price of STBs and cellular phones with TV receptors.<!--:--><!--:es-->El poderoso Banco Nacional de Desarrollo Econ&oacute;mico y Social (BNDES) de Brasil destin&oacute; US$ 605 millones al programa de apoyo a TV digital (PROTVD), que incluye financiamiento a bajo costo a broadcasters para construcci&oacute;n de infraestructura de transmisi&oacute;n y equipamiento digital. Sin embargo, de este sector s&oacute;lo hay proyectos aprobados por US$ 14 millones, revel&oacute; el portal Telesintese. Seg&uacute;n Daniel Alves Lima, gerente del departamento de tecnolog&iacute;a del BNDES, "las empresas podr&iacute;an estar esperando a ver para qu&eacute; lado se va a desarrollar el mercado". Los broadcasters brasile&ntilde;os apostaron por el est&aacute;ndar japon&eacute;s ISDB&#045;T porque permite emitir TV m&oacute;vil abierta sin necesidad de compartir ingresos con las compa&ntilde;&iacute;as celulares, pero hay preocupaci&oacute;n por el precio de los STBs y los celulares con receptores para TV. <!--:--[...]

Clarín is ATSC in Argentina, but DVB in Uruguay and ParaguayClarín es ATSC en Argentina, pero DVB en Uruguay y Paraguay

<!--:en-->Grupo Clar&iacute;n appears as the main supporter of US standard ATSC in Argentina. Its TV channel Canal 13 was the first one to broadcast with this system in Argentina, both in standard and high definition, and the first one worldwide to test the MPH mobile technology for ATSC, in Buenos Aires in November 2007. However, in Uruguay and Paraguay, its pay TV company Multicanal is implementing the coded digital TV model through European DVB technology in UHF, and already testing the DVB-H mobile system in Montevideo.<!--:--><!--:es-->El Grupo Clar&iacute;n aparece como el principal defensor de la norma estadounidense ATSC en Argentina. El Canal 13 de TV del Grupo Clar&iacute;n fue el primero en emitir con este sistema en Argentina tanto en definici&oacute;n est&aacute;ndar como en alta definici&oacute;n, y tambi&eacute;n fue el primer medio en el mundo en realizar, en noviembre de 2007, una prueba de la tecnolog&iacute;a m&oacute;vil MPH para ATSC en Buenos Aires. Sin embargo, en Uruguay y Paraguay, su empresa Multicanal de TV paga est&aacute; implementando el modelo de TV digital codificada mediante la tecnolog&iacute;a europea DVB en UHF, y ya est&aacute; probando el sistema m&oacute;vil DVB&#045;H en Montevideo. <!--:--[...]

Chile's digital TV decision looks imminentLa decisión de TV digital chilena parece inminente

<!--:en-->As sources of the Undersecretariat of Telecommunications in Chile have said, the analysis on the seven universities' reports made for digital TV standard selection is complete. President Michelle Bachelet must ask for the final report and a decision should be announced in the next few days, although it has been put off several times. National Television Broadcasters' Association Anatel is pressing for the adoption of ATSC. The Japanese embassy has won endorsement of the ISDB standard among politicians and technical people thanks to demos showing the best quality. The adoption of the DVB format, however, should not be underestimated due to the strong lobby of Spain.<!--:--><!--:es-->Fuentes de la Subsecretar&iacute;a de Telecomunicaciones de Chile revelaron que ya se han analizado los informes que elaboraron siete universidades para la elecci&oacute;n del est&aacute;ndar de TV digital. La presidenta Michelle Bachelet debe pedir el informe final y la decisi&oacute;n se tomar&iacute;a en los pr&oacute;ximos d&iacute;as, aunque ya ha sido postergada m&aacute;s de una vez. La c&aacute;mara de broadcasters Anatel (Asociaci&oacute;n Nacional de Televisi&oacute;n) presiona por ATSC. La embajada japonesa logr&oacute; adhesi&oacute;n para la norma ISDB entre pol&iacute;ticos y t&eacute;cnicos, porque sus demostraciones presentaron la mejor calidad. Pero no puede descartarse a DVB por el fuerte lobby espa&ntilde;ol.<!--:--[...]

CITEL guide includes DVB-H of UruguayLa guía de CITEL incluye el DVB-H de Uruguay

<!--:en-->The Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL), a body of the Organization of American States (OAS), published its 'Digital Terrestrial Broadcasting Implementation Guide', after the XI Meeting of the Permanent Consultative Committee II on Radiocommunications including Broadcasting, held in Washington at the end of April. The report sets guidelines for three main standards DVB, ATSC and ISDB, and includes a special document issued by Uruguay with an assessment of the DVB-H implementation experience in that country. Uruguay was the first country in South America to adopt the European standard, and implementation included Argentine and Chilean TV channels in the mobile test<!--:--><!--:es-->La Comisi&oacute;n Interamericana de Telecomunicaciones (CITEL) de la Organizaci&oacute;n de los Estados Americanos (OEA) public&oacute; su "Gu&iacute;a de Implementaci&oacute;n de Radiodifusi&oacute;n Digital Terrestre" tras la XI Reuni&oacute;n del Comit&eacute; Consultivo Permanente II de Radiocomunicaciones que se realiz&oacute; a fin de abril en Washington. El reporte fija lineamientos sobre los tres principales est&aacute;ndares (DVB, ATSC e ISDB), y Uruguay incluy&oacute; un documento especial con una evaluaci&oacute;n de la implementaci&oacute;n de DVB&#045;H en ese pa&iacute;s, el primero en Sudam&eacute;rica en optar por el est&aacute;ndar europeo, que incluy&oacute; canales de TV de Argentina y Chile en la prueba m&oacute;vil<!--:--[...]

Colombia postpones digital choice until July due to the Chinese standardColombia retrasa elección digital hasta julio por el estándar chino

<!--:en-->The Colombian government, who had scheduled the choice of the digital TV standard for March, and then postponed it till May, has now announced its decision to do it in July 2008, because the National Television Commission (CNTV) wants to analyze the evolution of the Chinese DMB-T/H standard, also being considered by Venezuela. Furthermore, the gathering of the six regional digital TV forums in Bogota is ending this week, and the CNTV wants to take more time to look into the conclusions and further regional testing in Bogota and Pereira<!--:--><!--:es-->El gobierno colombiano, que hab&iacute;a fijado la elecci&oacute;n de su est&aacute;ndar de TV digital en marzo, y luego lo posterg&oacute; hasta mayo, ahora anuncia que tomar&aacute; la decisi&oacute;n en julio de 2008, porque la Comisi&oacute;n Nacional de Televisi&oacute;n (CNTV) quiere analizar los avances del est&aacute;ndar chino DMB&#045;T/H que tambi&eacute;n est&aacute; estudiando Venezuela. Pero adem&aacute;s, esta semana terminan con el encuentro de Bogot&aacute; los seis foros regionales de TV digital y la CNTV quiere tomar m&aacute;s tiempo para analizar sus conclusiones y realizar m&aacute;s pruebas regionales en Bogot&aacute; y Pereira<!--:--[...]

ATSC: the standard specialists recommend in ChileEspecialistas recomiendan ATSC para Chile

<!--:en-->Called by the Government through the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications to give advice on the digital TV standard decision, a group of Chilean specialists of Universidad de Santa Mar&iacute;a (USM) expressed that the US standard is the most suitable one for Chile. The opinion coincides with that of broadcasters in that country, who have been faithful supporters of the US technology. The official decision was intended to be announced in March this year<!--:--><!--:es-->Un grupo de especialistas chilenos de la Universidad de Santa Mar&iacute;a (USM) convocados por el Gobierno, a trav&eacute;s del Ministerio de Transportes y Telecomunicaciones para asesorar sobre la decisi&oacute;n de la norma de TV digital, manifest&oacute; que la norma norteamericana es la m&aacute;s adecuada para Chile. Coinciden con la opini&oacute;n de los broadcasters de ese pa&iacute;s, que han sido fieles seguidores de la tecnolog&iacute;a estadounidense. La decisi&oacute;n oficial se deb&iacute;a tomar en marzo de este a&ntilde;o<!--:--[...]

Colombia to decide digital TV standard in MayColombia decide en mayo su TV digital

<!--:en-->At the second regional forum of digital TV 2008, Colombia's National Television Commission Director, Mar&iacute;a Carolina Hoyos Turbay, confirmed that Colombia will select a standard no later than May, although it had been originally scheduled for March. Over the next few months, current open TV licenses will be renewed and a new license will be granted, therefore, the new digital model will have to be defined by that time. The Spanish industry had been working hard in Bogot&aacute; to promote the European standard. But, Colombia is on the verge of signing a free trade agreement with the US<!--:--><!--:es-->La directora de la Comisi&oacute;n Nacional de Televisi&oacute;n de Colombia, Mar&iacute;a Carolina Hoyos Turbay, confirm&oacute; en el segundo foro regional de TV digital de 2008 que la elecci&oacute;n del est&aacute;ndar en ese pa&iacute;s no pasar&aacute; del mes de mayo, aunque el cronograma inicial hab&iacute;a fijado el mes de marzo para la decisi&oacute;n. En los pr&oacute;ximos meses se renovar&aacute;n las licencias actuales de TV abierta y se entregar&aacute; una nueva y antes de ese momento deber&aacute; estar definido el nuevo modelo digital. La industria espa&ntilde;ola hab&iacute;a realizado un gran despliegue en Bogot&aacute; para impulsar la norma europea, pero Colombia est&aacute; a punto de firmar un tratado de libre comercio con los Estados Unidos<!--:--[...]