DICT set to unveil migration plan for PH shift to digital TV

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has announced that it will launch the country’s migration plan to digital TV in a two-day summit in Quezon City.

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In a statement, the DICT said the first day of the Digital TV Summit is dedicated for the launching of the “Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting (DTTB) Migration Plan” and the “Ceremonial Digital TV Switch On”.

Exhibitors from different segments of the broadcast sectors (production, manufacturing, and content) are expected to showcase emerging trends in digital TV.

On the second day of the summit, experts from local and international broadcast firms are expected to 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 DICT said the DTTB Migration Plan consists of comprehensive policies and regulations, as well as technical and fiscal considerations necessary for the Philippine’s migration to digital TV broadcasting.

The implementation of the migration plan will ensure smooth transition from analog to digital that will later on lead to a complete Analog Switch Off (ASO), the DICT said.

The shift to digital TV will be done with the aid of 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.

“The switch to digital transmission is foreseen to not only pave the way for a better TV viewing experience for the Filipinos but also for a more efficient and richer information dissemination for a well prepared Philippines in times of calamities,” the DICT said.

“It has an Emergency Warning Broadcast System (EWBS) feature that allows the system to send early warnings for disaster preparedness and disseminate advisories and guidance on evacuation, food provisions, and medical assistance in times of disasters.”

DICT sec. Rodolfo Salalima said that migrating to digital from analog will free very high frequencies (VHF) that can be maximized for future broadband deployment for Internet.

Moreover, the switch to DTTB will foster a competitive environment for the broadcasters to offer new services through datacasting and Broadcast Markup Language (BML), the agency said.

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