Digital TV standard choice to be reviewed

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has ordered a review of the standards to be used for the country’s shift to digital television broadcasting technology.
NTC Deputy Commissioner Carlo Jose Martinez said the regulator was considering the adoption of a new technology, the second-generation Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB-T2) from Europe, to replace the Japanese Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting (ISDB) standard.
DVB-T2 has been touted by industry experts as superior to the ISDB platform from Japan, which was chosen over the first generation DVB-T standard.
“In the advent of the new technology, we want to have a review to see if the DVB-T2 is superior to the ISDB,” he said in an earlier interview.
Association of Broadcast Electronics Practitioners vice president Armand Ursal said reports from overseas showed that Europe’s DVB-T2 standard could send more data using much less power than required when using the Japanese standard.
“What we hear is that it’s superior and more beneficial to the public,” Ursal said, but admitted that more would have to be conducted.
Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer
Item added: 28th March 2011