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Digital TV by 2021 the latest

The newly appointed president of the Dominican Telecommunications Institute (Indotel), José del Castillo Saviñón announced on Wednesday 14 September 2016 that his priorities included the completion of the switchover from analog to exclusively digital broadcasting of free over-the-air television programming. The country is installing the North America standard or ASTC used in the United States.

The transition was ordered in Decree 407 of 2010 when TV stations were given five years to install the new equipment. The first deadline of 2015 was not met, nevertheless, and Del Castillo says he will endeavor to meet the new 2021 deadline.

The delay is attributed to the major costs for digital production equipment, digital transition equipment and for set-top boxes and digitally enabled TVs.

The local transition is part of a worldwide move to digital broadcasting that offers a number of potential benefits, including a new spectrum for better wireless broadband services, better picture and sound quality and the possibility of more channels.

Source: DR1, Listindiario

Sep 16, 2016

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