GMA-7, TV5 said to be adopting Japanese digital TV standard

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[/caption] With this development, GMA-7 could finally be throwing the towel in its fight to have the European DTV platform, called European Digital Video Broadcast-Terrestial (DVB-T), be adopted in the country. GMA-7?s stiff opposition to the Japanese digital TV, also known as Integrated Services Digital Broadcast-Terrestrial (ISDB-T), has led to a stalemate in the industry, with Malacanang even stepping in to suspend a decision of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) adopting the ISDB-T standard. The broadcasting industry is still awaiting Malacanang’s final ruling on the issue, although almost two years have already passed. The Palace is said to be reviewing GMA-7’s claim that recent developments have made DVB-T superior over ISDB-T. The NTC and the Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology (ICTO-DOST), however, have not changed their positions to go with the Japanese standard. Broadcasting giant ABS-CBN had criticized the government in the past, particularly the NTC, for not sticking with its decision, which was reached in consultation with industry players. The Lopez-owned TV station, which has procured equipment based on the ISDB-T platform, warned that the NTC?s inability to uphold its earlier decision to adopt the Japanese DTV standard would cause unnecessary delay in the rollout of DTV in the country. The Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), the country?s foremost broadcast media organization, had also taken the position that Japan?s digital TV standard will best serve the interest of Filipinos. Atom Henares, chairman of the KBP Television Committee, said: ?ISDB is a pro-Filipino standard because it has features that can address better the needs of the Filipino viewers, not to mention that it costs less than DVB2, its European counterpart.? UPDATE: GMA-7 has released a statement in reaction to this story. ]]>

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