Doug Lung / 12.28.2007 12:00AM
Chile Delays Decision on DTV Standard
Chile has “indefinitely postponed a decision on selecting a terrestrial DTV standard,” according to a report
in El Mercurio online.
Socialist Party Deputy Marco Enríquez-Ominami blames the head of the Transport and Telecommunications Ministry, René Cortázar Sanz, for the delay. Enríquez-Ominami told the paper, “[Cortázar] has explained to me that the agreements that were reached have not been fulfilled and that a decision has been made to indefinitely postpone the decision.”
Enríquez-Ominami said it was unacceptable to postpone this decision three times.
Additional information on Chile’s process for picking a DTV standard is available on the DVB Worldwide — Chile Web page
. The ATSC Forum Web site
indicates broadcasters in Chile have recommended the ATSC standard.
Brazil developed its own DTV standard based on the Japanese ISDB-T standard. Uruguay has selected the DVB-T standard, while Mexico and Honduras picked the U.S. ATSC standard. However, like Chile, most countries in Central and South America have yet to select a final terrestrial DTV standard. DVB’s master spreadsheet of DVB deployment data
on its Web site
was last updated on Dec. 13, 2007.