By Darwin G. Amojelar, Reporter
THE Philippine government will
terminate analog television (TV) service by 2015 as the industry
migrates into Digital terrestrial TV (DTT), according to the draft
memorandum circular released by the National Telecommunications
The document said all analog TV
broadcast transmission will be terminated by 11:59 p.m. on December
31, 2015, requiring television service providers to migrate to DTT
by that time.
Digital TV is a telecommunication
system for broadcasting that receives digital sound and video
signals that require a specially designed TV set that is much more
advanced than the traditional analog TV box for content viewing.
�The commission believes that
with the anticipated features of the DTT platform, analog TV
technology will soon be rendered obsolete. It is projected that
manufacturers will eventually stop producing analog TV receivers and
that analog TV will ultimately be completely supplanted by DTT,�
the document said.
The new system does traditional
TV better in image, sound and clarity, and has the ability to manage
many channels cramped together in one bandwidth as well as carry
electronic program guides and interactive programs.
The NTC, however, said it is
aware that the transition to DTT platform will be dependent on
market, economic and other conditions.
After the migration, the NTC
noted it will recall of the analog frequencies, which is given
temporary privilege of using the same.
The NTC document also said that
it is likely to adopt European Digital Video
Broadcasting-Terrestrial (DVB-T) standard because it is emerging as
the global preference.
In terms of frequency bands, the
NTC will use channels 14 to 20 (470-512 MHz) for national DTT
networks (i.e., SFN) and channels 21 to 51 (512- 698 MHz) for local
networks (area-specific DTT service providers).
The NTC added that applicants
having an actual operation of at least 15 TV stations nationwide and
at least 10 regions must have a minimum paid-up capitalization of P1
For applicants with less than 15
operational, it must have P1.2 billion and for new applicants it
must have a minimum paid-up capitalization of P1.5 billion.
The NTC also said that applicants
intending to provide local DTT service shall have a local
congressional broadcast franchise; minimum paid-up capitalization of
P60 million per DTT station and has the technical capability to
install, operate and maintain the proposed DTT network.
Earlier, ABS-CBN Broadcasting
Corp. said it will roll out digital TV service by middle of 2007 and
allotted P1 billion as initial funds.
Eugenio �Gabby� L. Lopez 3rd,
ABS-CBN chairman and chief executive officer, said digital TV
broadcasting will allow the network to open 14 to 15 additional free
TV channels since digital TV frequencies can carry more programs in
one UHF frequency range.
Other broadcasting companies have
applied for DTT include GMA Network Inc., ABC-5 Broadcasting Corp.,
National Broadcasting Network and GV Broadcasting System Inc.