Manila, Philippines (February 6, 2017) – State-owned People’s Television Network, Inc. (PTNI), also known as PTV-4, is all set to roll-out its digital terrestrial television (DTT) service initially on six locations in the Philippines.

In a press statement, NEC Corporation of Japan and NEC Philippines, Inc. disclosed that PTV-4 is scheduled to introduce DTT transmitters and compression multiplexers in Metro Manila, Baguio, Naga, Guimaras, Cebu and Davao in the Philippines by July 2017, as stated in the contract.

NEC was chosen to provide overall support for the introduction of these units, including their provision, installation, and the training of personnel. The agreement was signed by PTV General Manager Dino Apolonio and NEC Philippines’ newly-appointed President Elizabeth Tirona Pangan on January 12.

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Contract signing for digitization of PTV4 with NEC Philippines with PTV General Manager Dino Apolonio (2nd from left) and NEC Philippines President Elizabeth Tirona Pangan (3rd from left). Courtesy of PTV News.

The contract supports the expansion of digital terrestrial TV broadcasting in the Philippines, which has been gaining momentum since November 2013, when the Philippines adopted the Japanese DTT standard also known as Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial (ISDB-T).

NEC said their products feature high level of power efficiency, and is highly evaluated for superior reliability in the broadcasting field.

“NEC is proud to be working with PTNI to expand the delivery of high quality broadcasting to a larger audience in the Philippines,” said Elizabeth Pangan, President, NEC Philippines. “As part of NEC’s focus on providing Solutions for Society, this equipment will help to ensure that broadcasting and access to information is reliably maintained, especially during times of emergency, such as when powerful storms strike the region,” she added.

Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Secretary Martin Andanar witnessed the ceremonial signing, which was held at the New Executive Building inside the Malacañang complex.

Andanar believes that digitization of PTV will pave the way for state network to lead the broadcasting game. “This means really ushering a new era of television of viewing in the country. So we are leading the way in changing broadcasting in the country,” Andanar said.

PTV’s Dino Apolonio said that the network must keep pace with its counterparts, both locally and abroad. “As the state network, we have to take it upon ourselves to lead the charge towards the digital transition. It will be very beneficial for the people first of all, and we have to keep up with the rest of the world.”

He added that while PTV is already doing digital test broadcasts as of now, the new equipment once installed, will significantly improve the public’s viewing experience. Digital test broadcast of PTV-4 can be received in selected areas in National Capital Region (NCR) on UHF channel 42 (641.143) using ISDB-T receiver box, TV sets and mobile devices with built-in ISDB-T tuners.

NEC is a Japanese multinational company with expertise in providing IT network, communications and broadcast technology solutions. The technology giant began providing DTT transmitters for international markets in 1998, when it provided equipment for the world’s first commercial digital terrestrial broadcasting service in the United Kingdom. Since then, NEC has shipped more than 4,500 transmitters to over 50 countries throughout the world.

Digital TV Shift

DTT offers multi-channel capability and better picture and sound quality delivered free-to-air using conventional aerial antenna. This will eliminate snowy pictures and ghost feedback, a major problem in analog broadcast systems.

PTV can offer additional sub-channels and with ISDB-T’s Emergency Warning Broadcast System (EWBS) feature, the government can send alerts in times of disaster. It can also provide traffic updates and advisories through datacasting.

Plans of modernizing the state network came out last year when Andanar was appointed as PCO Secretary. He vowed to make PTV at par with its local counterparts in the country and expand and broaden the range of PTV4’s educational, cultural, and foreign programs.

The ceremonial signing coincided with the official state visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Malacañang. [techthetruth]


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