Uruguay chooses European digital TV standard

29 Aug 2007

BNamericas, quoting local press, reports that the government of Uruguay has chosen to adopt the DVB (digital video broadcasting) standard prominent in Europe, local press reported. President Tabaré Vázquez gave his seal of approval for the decision through a decree signed on 27 August. Telecoms regulator Unidad Reguladora de Servicios de Comunicaciones (URSEC) had set up a panel of engineers, economists and lawyers to evaluate the three main standards: DVB, the US standard ATSC (advanced television standards committee) and the Japanese standard ISDB (integrated services digital broadcasting). According to the press reports, the panel opted for DVB because it ‘allows software and local content development, which will have a positive impact on the local economy’. DVB is already the most popular standard for terrestrial digital TV around the world, adopted by at least 100 countries, and its supporters often argue that the large number of equipment manufacturers for this technology allows competitive pricing for transmission and reception devices. The Uruguayan government will allow analogue and digital TV to co-exist for 4-5 years, before abolishing analogue altogether.