Digital TV standard to be decided on this year

6 Mar 2007

BNamericas, quoting a story in newspaper La Rebública, reports the head of Uruguayan regulator Unidad Reguladora de Servicios de Comunicaciones (URSEC) León Lev as saying that the country must decide on which digital TV standard to adopt this year, as it cannot afford to fall behind on technology. Lev also said that a national debate on the subject must take place before a decision is reached. A commission made up of government representatives and specialists from the Universidad de la República will have the final say on the matter. So far the only country in the Southern Cone to have committed to a standard is Brazil, which has adapted the Japanese integrated services digital broadcasting (ISDB) model to create its own Sistema Brasileiro de Televisão Digital (SBTVD) standard.