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Chile Picks Japanese-Brazilian DTV Standard

Another Latin American country has selected SBTVD Brazilian terrestrial DTV standard, which is based on the Japanese ISDB-T standard. Several news sources on Tuesday reported that Chile has elected to go with that system for its terrestrial broadcasting.

A Dow Jones article, Chile to Adopt Japanese Digital-TV Standard notes that SBTVD's capability for mobile DTV was a factor in the decision. Chilean telecommunications minister Rene Cortazar was quoted as saying that this was important for a country such as Chile, as there are more than 15 million mobile phones in the country, or almost one per person.

The DVB.org web site has a detailed history of Chile's selection of a DTV standard.

For another look at SBTVD and its impact in Latin America, see Japanese digital TV model poised to rule Latin America on France24.com.

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. He has been with NBC since 1985 and is currently vice president of broadcast technology for NBC/Telemundo stations.