Manila, Philippines (March 8, 2017) – ZOE Broadcasting Network’s Light Network Channel 33 began its official broadcast on digital television last March 1, after switching-off its analog transmission last February 28.

Viewers in Mega Manila can now experience clearer and highly-improved video and sound quality of Light Network in their digital-ready television sets, handheld devices such as tablets, mobile phones and other gadgets.

ZOE is owned by Jesus is Lord (JIL) Church leader Bro. Eddie Villanueva.

Light Network’s channel line-up. Digital TV allows multi-channel capability aside from clear audio and video.

Direct Conversion

Light Network opted to switch from analog to digital without any test broadcast or simulcast, using the same frequency of UHF Channel 33.

“Tayo ang unang nag-convert from analog to digital transmitter. Wala nang test broadcast, official broadcast na agad,” said Engr. Antonio Soriano, the Vice President of Technical Operations for Light Network in a press statement.

ZOE’s official letter to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) regarding digital broadcast. Photo courtesy of Light Network’s Facebook page.

Digital Television

Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting (DTTB) aims to deliver better image and sound quality. The Philippines adopted the Japanese DTTB standard called ISDB-T, or the Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial.

ISDB-T supports features such as datacasting, multi-channel capability, OneSeg (1-Seg) for mobile devices and the Emergency Warning Broadcast System (EWBS), which is can be used to transmit important announcements in times of calamities and disasters like earthquakes and typhoons.

In the recent Digital TV Summit held last February 14-15 at Novotel in Quezon City, Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Rodolfo Salalima along with broadcast partners held the ceremonial digital switch-on.

Other networks like ABS-CBN, GMA Network, TV5 and UNTV are currently doing a simulcast, both in analog in digital.

The government plans a full analog switch-off by 2023, when at least 95% of households currently around 14 million, already migrated to digital TV. [techthetruth]


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