ASEAN picks DVB-T as common TV standard
Friday, 15 June 2007
JAKARTA – The ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Information (AMRI) made a decision to endorse the digital video broadcast-terrestrial (DVB-T) standard as the ASEAN common digital terrestrial TV broadcast standard during its ninth conference last month. The mainisters at the conference were from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.|
According to a statement released by the organisation, the ministers
“acknowledged that digital broadcasting will usher in a new era of
growth and investment in this sector and welcomed the progress of the
ASEAN Digital Broadcasting (ADB) cooperation”.
It further noted that the DVB-T standard was the most commonly adopted
international DTV standard, thus it “would offer the most advantages in
terms of economies of scale, ease of adoption and versatility for
Brunei, which has been active in pushing for the adoption of a common
digital broadcast standard, said the move “will definitely lower the
unit cost of set-top boxes (STBs) and TV receivers, which would make
digital technology affordable to all ASEAN masses”.
The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) also welcomed the decision.
ABU secretary-general David Astley said: “The decision is a significant
step forward for the broadcasters serving more than 400 million people
in the ASEAN countries. The decision on the standard for terrestrial
DTV now allows the broadcasters to confidently plan to convert their
services to DTV.”
Astley added that the consumer will benefit from this decision to have
a common standard across much of the Asia-Pacific region as this would
lead to the mass production of STBs, thus leading to cheaper prices.
“The decision by the ASEAN countries to adopt the DVB-T standard is
likely to encourage many other Asia-Pacific countries to select this
standard too,” he said.
During the conference, the ministers also agreed that ASEAN undertake
further discussions on the detailed policy considerations in planning
for analogue switch-offs. The ministers took note of the proposal by
some ASEAN member countries for the group to work towards 2015 as a
common switch-off date, subject to the ability of individual member
countries, given their geographical and human resource challenges.
Peter MacAvock, executive director of the DVB Project, which developed
the DVB-T standard, said: “The DVB Project is delighted to hear the
news of the recent adoption of the DVB-T standard by the ASEAN
countries as their digital terrestrial TV system. DTV brings many
challenges and opportunities to the industry, and the choice of DVB-T
is an endorsement of the DVB’s open, market-led approach to developing
The ASEAN ministers said member countries would also develop a detailed
DTV development work plan and set up specialist working groups to
oversee the process.
ASEAN members further agree that developments in this field must take
into account the technical infrastructure of each member country and
the need for these members to support each other.