Costa Rica Sets Analog Shutdown Date

According to INSIDECOSTARICA, analog TV will end in Costa Rica on December 15, 2017.

Costa Rica's analog shutdown is complicated by a transition from ATSC, which is currently being broadcast in the country, to the Japanese-Brazilian ISDB-Tb standard. Hannia Vega, viceministra de Telecomunicaciones, said the change from analog to digital will not be easy and will require a joint effort between government, private enterprise and international cooperation. The DTV system is primarily aimed at the 60 percent of Costa Ricans who do not subscribe to any cable or satellite television system.

Doug Lung

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. As vice president of Broadcast Technology for NBCUniversal Local, H. Douglas Lung leads NBC and Telemundo-owned stations’ RF and transmission affairs, including microwave, radars, satellite uplinks, and FCC technical filings. Beginning his career in 1976 at KSCI in Los Angeles, Lung has nearly 50 years of experience in broadcast television engineering. Beginning in 1985, he led the engineering department for what was to become the Telemundo network and station group, assisting in the design, construction and installation of the company’s broadcast and cable facilities. Other projects include work on the launch of Hawaii’s first UHF TV station, the rollout and testing of the ATSC mobile-handheld standard, and software development related to the incentive auction TV spectrum repack.
A longtime columnist for TV Technology, Doug is also a regular contributor to IEEE Broadcast Technology. He is the recipient of the 2023 NAB Television Engineering Award. He also received a Tech Leadership Award from TV Tech publisher Future plc in 2021 and is a member of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society and the Society of Broadcast Engineers.