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Honduras, a Central American country of 7.3 million people, has approved the ATSC digital television standard for digital terrestrial television broadcasting.

The Comision Nacional de Telecomunicac inoes (CONATEL), the country's communications governing body, approved the standard on Jan. 9. The country, which is approximately 43,000 square miles and tucked between El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua, has 237 broadcasters and more than 50 channels. There are 97 televisions per 1,000 people, according to a recent report from the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID).

"We look forward to working with our colleagues in Honduras as they implement digital television," said Mark Richer, ATSC president. "We believe the ATSC suite of standards provides extraordinary flexibility and the ability to evolve with future marketplace requirements."

The ATSC digital television standard has been adopted and deployed in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and South Korea.