Movistar to offer handsets with Japanese digital TV standard

9 Nov 2009

Chilean mobile network operator Movistar has announced the launch of wireless handsets that use the Japanese ISDB digital TV standard. Chile announced in September that it had chosen to adapt the Japanese ISDB-T terrestrial digital TV standard with MPEG 4, as did Brazil in 2006, to create its own version of the Japanese standard called SBTVD. Peru and Argentina have also opted for the same path. The two phones available are the LG KB775 and the Samsung l6220. Fernando Saiz, CEO of Movistar Chile, underscored that the digital TV signal available is still at a testing stage, with only limited coverage in capital Santiago. The phones will be available for post-paid clients at a cost of CLP169,900 (USD325).