Manila, Philippines (March 13, 2017) – The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) issues draft amendments to some provisions of the NTC Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 02-03-2016, for the sale and labeling of ISDB-T receivers.

These include the extension of the period for the appliance manufacturers to comply with the integration of EWBS function on all ISDB-T receiver sets.

The Philippines adopted the Japanese standard called Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial (ISDB-T) primarily because it supports the Emergency Warning Broadcast System (EWBS).

EWBS can be used to transmit important announcements to the public in times of calamities and disasters like earthquakes and typhoons.

Based on the published draft, selling of ISDB-T receivers without EWBS function may still be allowed to be sold in the market beyond the 18 month period after the effectivity of MC No. 02-03-2016.

EWBS, BML, Superimpose and Subtitle Trials

Manufacturers, dealers and distributors of ISDB-T receivers will also be given 18 months to comply with the provisions written in Sec. 2.1 to 2.3 of MC No. 02-03-2016, after the completion of test stream trials for EWBS, BML, Superimpose and Subtitles.

After this period, ISDB-T receivers without EWBS and BML functions will not be allowed to be sold in the market.

Broadcast Markup Language (BML) allows data broadcasting which is another way for the TV to show information on demand. The emergency warning may also appear on the TV screen inside a ‘superimposed’ box while subtitles can support multiple languages and will also aid the hearing-impaired.

Self-declaration of Manufacturer, Distributor

All ISDB-T receivers shall be supported by a self-declaration by the manufacturer or distributor. This should be submitted to the NTC, Department of Trade and Industry’s Bureau of Philippine Standards (DTI-BPS). This shall be included in the Instruction Manual of each ISDB-T receiver units.

The revised circular requires the mandatory self-declaration 18 months after the completion of stream trials for EWBS, BML, Superimpose and Subtitles.

Changes were considered after the NTC conducted a public consultation with the local appliance industry association and other stakeholders last February 16.

The NTC has the power to promulgate rules and regulations as the public interest and safety may require. [techthetruth]

Below is the copy of the draft amendments:

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Source: (1) NTC Draft Amendments (2) NTC Memorandum Circular 02-03-2016



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