Category Archives: Free to Air

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<!--:--[...]

Venezuela to go after Chinese DMB-TVenezuela tras el el DMB-T chino

<!--:en-->Minister of Telecommunications and Information Systems of Venezuela Socorro Hern&aacute;ndez, of Poder Popular, revealed that a technical mission is traveling to China within the next few days to assess digital TV standard DMB-T, and its mobile variant DMB-H, developed by that country. Venezuela has already tested Japanese standard ISDB-T and European DVB, and ruled out US ATSC. Chinese carriers are President Hugo Ch&aacute;vez's favorite telecom and satellite technology suppliers. Despite considerable lobbying from Spain to select the European standard, the Chinese political influence on Venezuela opens up a new alternative in the region<!--:--><!--:es-->La Ministra del Poder Popular para las Telecomunicaciones y la Inform&aacute;tica de Venezuela, Socorro Hern&aacute;ndez, adelant&oacute; que una misi&oacute;n t&eacute;cnica de su pa&iacute;s est&aacute; viajando en estos d&iacute;as a China para evaluar el est&aacute;ndar de TV digital DMB&#045;T y su variante m&oacute;vil DMB&#045;H que desarroll&oacute; ese pa&iacute;s. Venezuela ya realiz&oacute; pruebas de la norma japonesa ISDB&#045;T y la europea DVB, y descart&oacute; la estadounidense ATSC. Las empresas chinas son las proveedoras preferidas por el presidente Hugo Ch&aacute;vez para tecnolog&iacute;a de telecomunicaciones y sat&eacute;lites. A pesar del importante lobby espa&ntilde;ol para elegir la norma europea, la influencia pol&iacute;tica china en Venezuela abre una nueva alternativa en la regi&oacute;n<!--:--[...]

Plataforma Audiovisual of Chile to support ISDBPlataforma Audiovisual de Chile apoya ISDB

<!--:en-->The organization Plataforma Audiovisual of Chile has issued its opinion in favor of the digital TV ISDB standard, and demanded the Government to inform the stakeholders about the bills to be sent to Congress. The bills will include the determination of the digital TV concessions period and the date when operation would be started, but not the decision of the standard to be used in the country. <!--:--><!--:es-->La organizaci&oacute;n Plataforma Audiovisual de Chile dio a conocer su opini&oacute;n a favor del est&aacute;ndar ISDB para TV digital, y demand&oacute; al Gobierno que haga conocer, a los actores interesados, los proyectos de ley que enviar&aacute; al parlamento. Los proyectos incluir&iacute;an la determinaci&oacute;n del periodo de concesiones para TV digital y la fecha en la que comenzar&iacute;a a operar, pero no la decisi&oacute;n de la norma que regir&aacute; en el pa&iacute;s. <!--:--[...]

Millions of Hispanics might stop getting TV in the USMillones de hispanos podrían quedar sin TV en EE.UU.

<!--:en-->February 2009 is the date when the analogical TV 'blackout' and broadcast of digital TV only are scheduled to take place in the US. 12 million homes now only receive open TV, and according to Consumer Reports, 73% do not know that they will need an STB (converter). The Hispanic population certainly will be the most affected one, a Nielsen research study showing that 17.3% of Hispanics might not be ready for conversion. Hispanic broadcasting companies are worried and Latin American regulators are taking note of this situation<!--:--><!--:es-->En febrero de 2009 se producir&aacute; el "apag&oacute;n" de TV anal&oacute;gica en los Estados Unidos y comenzar&aacute; a emitirse s&oacute;lo TV digital. 12 millones de hogares reciben s&oacute;lo TV de aire y, seg&uacute;n Consumer Reports, el 73% no sabe que necesitar&aacute;n un STB (convertidor). De ellos, los m&aacute;s afectados son los hispanos. Un estudio de Nielsen indica que el 17,3% de los hispanos no estar&iacute;a listo para la conversi&oacute;n. Las emisoras hispanas est&aacute;n preocupadas y los reguladores de latinoam&eacute;rica toman cuenta de la situaci&oacute;n<!--:--[...]

Venezuela completes DVB-H and ISDB technical testsVenezuela terminó pruebas técnicas de DVB-H e ISDB

<!--:en-->Fifteen days behind schedule, Venezuela completed technical testing of European and Japanese digital TV standards, identifying no major differences between the two systems, government officers claimed. Until December, they will be analyzing industrial development proposals, technology transfer and the democratizing communicational model, and would announce the final decision in January. <!--:--><!--:es-->Quince d&iacute;as despu&eacute;s de lo previsto, Venezuela culmin&oacute; las pruebas t&eacute;cnicas de los est&aacute;ndares europeo y japon&eacute;s de TV digital y seg&uacute;n los funcionarios oficiales no registraron diferencias importantes entre ambos sistemas. Se tomar&aacute;n hasta diciembre para analizar las propuestas de desarrollo industrial, la transferencia tecnol&oacute;gica y el modelo comunicacional democratizador, y en enero comunicar&iacute;an la decisi&oacute;n final.<!--:--[...]