GUIDELINES FOR SHIFT TO DIGITAL TV OUT BY JUNE – NTC

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The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) expects to issue the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the shift to digital terrestrial television by June or July this year now that Japan is helping it draft the guidelines. “Our first target was the first quarter this year, but there were issues especially on the frequency allocations for channel planning, that’s why we had to move it. But the Japanese government is helping us already so hopefully we can have it out July or June,” said Carlo Jose Martinez, NTC deputy commissioner. The government last year decided to adopt Japan’s standards for digital TV but it has yet to issue the guidelines for the shift from analog. The problem is that the frequency available is not enough to accommodate all the broadcasters, Martinez said. It was learned that ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp. has invested close to P2 billion for the shift to the digital TV format while GMA Network Inc.’s equipment, except for the transmitter, are said to be already 90-percent digital.

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