Manila, Philippines (February 12, 2017) – The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) announces the launching of the Philippine Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting (DTTB) Migration Plan in a 2-day Digital TV Summit to be held on February 14-15 at Novotel Manila Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City.
With the theme, “Bringing New Dimensions to the Broadcasting Experience of Filipinos,” the DICT will be launching the DTTB Migration Plan and a Ceremonial Digital TV Switch-On on the first day of the event.
Partners from the broadcast industry are expected to grace the event to express their support and commitment in the comprehensive national implementation of the DTTB Migration Plan.
Moreover, exhibitors from different segments of the broadcast sectors (production, manufacturing, and content) will showcase emerging trends in Digital TV to educate the public on the latest Digital TV technology available in the market.
On the second day of the summit, experts from local and international broadcast firms will exchange best practices and knowledge regarding the current trends in the production, transmission, policy, and regulations that concern the transition from analog to Digital TV.
The DTTB Migration Plan
The DTTB Migration Plan consists of comprehensive policies and regulations including the necessary technical and fiscal considerations for the smooth implementation of the country’s migration from analog to digital TV broadcasting that will later on lead to a complete Analog Switch Off (ASO).
This shall be done through collaboration with various government agencies such as National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) for implementation and regulation, Department of Finance (DOF) for funding, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for giving incentives to small scale broadcasters, Department of Environment and National Resources (DENR) for e-waste management, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) for economic impact, and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for financial subsidy in purchasing digital set top boxes for the viewing public.
ISDB-T or the Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial is the Japanese DTT standard adopted by Philippines in November 2013. It is also the same standard chosen by Brazil, Argentina and Peru.
The switch to digital transmission is expected to give better TV viewing experience for the Filipinos and efficient information dissemination in times of calamities.
DTV 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.
The ISDB-T standard has an Emergency Warning Broadcast System (EWBS) feature that allows the government to send early warnings and alerts for disaster preparedness and disseminate advisories and guidance on evacuation, food provisions, and medical assistance in times of disasters. It also supports Datacasting and Broadcast Markup Language (BML) features which allow the TV station to show public service announcements and other information on demand along with any given TV show.
DICT Secretary Rodolfo Salalima said that migrating to digital will free up Very High Frequencies (VHF) currently being used in analog TV which can be re-allocated for future broadband deployment and improve internet services in the country.
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