|Digital TV in the world|
|In this Page: Keep track of the process for Digital TV implementation on the world.|
Schedule for the implementation of Digital TV in the world
The Digital TV implementation will go through a period of transition, that might last from 10 to 15 years, in which broadcasters will transmit simultaneously two channels of 6 MHz, one analog and other digital.
By the introduction of the digital TV in the TV broadcasting (Terrestrial Digital TV), user might choose one of the following options:
- Continue to receive the open TV through the current way using analog TV
- Acquire a set top box which permits to receive digital signal and convert it into a video and audio standard available in the user's TV
- Acquire a new TV which already has a set top box
This process is happening in many countries in the world. In the United Kingdom, for example, the process started in 1998 and 65.9% for the houses that already had access to Digital TV in September 2005. In the United States it started in 2002 and in Japan in 2003.
|Mexico||ATSC||The standard was adopted in July 2004.||2022|
|Brazil||ISDB-T||On December 2nd/2007, digital TV was launched in Brazil, in São Paulo City.||*2016|
|Colombia||DVB-T||On August 28th/2008, the Colombian National Committee of Television announced the adoption of the European System.||2020|
|El Salvador||ATSC||On April 22nd/2009, the government adopted the American standard for digital TV transmission in the country.||Dec/2018|
|Peru||ISDB-T||On April 23rd 2009, Peruvian announced the choice for ISBD standard. From 2011 on, local population will be able to receive digital transmission. By that, Peru became the first country in South America to adopt this standard.||2014|
|Panama||DVB-T||The agreement for the adoption of the DVB-T standard was signed on May 12th/2009.||2020|
|ISDB-T||On August 28th 2009, Brasilian and Argentinian governments signed an agreement for the implamentation of the Digital TV system (ISDB-T) in Argentina. The country was the second in South America to adopt this standard.||2018|
|Chile||ISDB-T||The Chilean government announced, on September 14th 2009, the adoption of ISDB-T standard for the local digital TV. The digital transmissions in the country may begin in 2010.||2018|
|ISDB-T||Venezuelan government announced, on October 26th 2009, the decision of adopting the Japonese digital TV system.||2018|
|Ecuador||ISDB-T||On March 26th 2010, the Ecuadorian government announced the adoption of the ISDB-T system. By that, Ecuador became the sixth country in Latin America to choose this pattern. According to for the local government the Digital TV in be implemented in 7 years and the switch-off will be done in 2017.||2017|
|Costa Rica||ISDB-T||The choice for the ISDB-T standard was homologated on May 7th, 2010.||-|
|Paraguay||ISDB-T||On June 2nd, Paraguay became the eighth country in Latin America to adopt the ISDB-T standard.||-|
|ISDB-T||On July 5th, Bolivian government announced the adoption of ISDB-T in the country. The implementation will take two years. The transmissions will start in 2011.||-|
|ATSC||On August 10th/2010, was approved the adoption of the American standard ATSC in the country. The government stablished a five year dead line to finish the switch-off process.||Set/2015|
On December 28th, the country announced its option for the ISDB-T standard. On August 28th 2007, the Uruguayan government had anounced the adoption of the European system, however, the president José Mujica cancelled this decision.
The country is testing at least three systems fors digital TV. Although there's no deadline to reach a decision about which system will be used by the country, a conclusion on this matter might be reached until the end of the year.
|ISDB-T||Government announced on August 20th/2010 the adoption of ISDB-T in the country.||-|
Source: Forrester Research - Jul/07 and GSM World
*First country in Latin America to promote the switch-off from analog to digital.
EUA & Canada
The United States carried out the switch-off on 12 June 2009.
Cadana might accomplish its switch-off in 2011.
Digital transmission was already implemented in 21 countries members of the European Comunity (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Spain, France, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Latvia, Malta, the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Slovenia, United Kingdom).
Other five countries (Cyprus, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, and Slovakia) announced the beginning of digital TV service until the end of 2010. Romania has not yet outlined its plans.
|Completed||Germany, Finland, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Malta, Slovenia, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Croatia, Switzerland, Czech Republica and Norway.|
|Between 2012-2013||Bulgaria (2013), Greece (2013), Lithuania (out/12), Romenia (Jan/13), Slovakia (2012), United Kingdom (Oct/12) and Ireland (Oct/24/12).|
|After 2013 or has no date||Polonia (Jul/13), Ukraine (2014), Hungary (2012), Russia (2015), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Dec/01/14), Montenegro (Jun/15), Georgea (2015) and Belarus (2015).|
Source:Gateway to the European Union, Digitag e DVB.
Asia & Oceania
|Australia||DVB-T||Digital transmossions started in 2001 in metropolitan regions.||2013|
|South Korea||ATSC||Transmissions began on October 26th, 2001.||2012|
|Philippines||ISDB-T||Adopted ISDB-T standard on June 11, 2010. Philippines Is the second Asian country to adopt this system.|
|India||DVB-T||The standard was chosen on July 8th, 1999. However, it's not implemented yet. The Brazilian government is discussing with the Indian government about the adoption of ISDB-T system.||2015|
|Japan||ISDB-T||Digital TV was launched in the country in 2003. Japan was the creator of the ISDB-T system.||07/24/2011|
|New Zeland||DVB-T||On May 2007, the country started its digital transmissions.||between 2013 and 2015|
Source: Forrester Research - Jul/07 and Gateway to the European Union
Digital TV became available in all the 47 Japanese capitals in December 2006, three years after its launching in 2003. The number of houses that can receive the digital TV signal in Japan reached 39.5 million (84%) in 2006.
Until Dec/06, were sold 17.3 million television devices prepared to receive digital signals, as represented in the table below.
|Thousands||2006||until 2006||until 2007|
|STB TV cable||1,413||3,506||5,099|
There were, yet in 2007, 20,473 thousand cell phones with digital TV.
Digital TV in Japan presents:
- Interactive TV
- Data broadcasting
- Advanced caption
More details aabout the implementation of Digital TV in Japan:
ISDB-T especifications: www.dibeg.org/aribstd/ARIBSTD.htm
The Brazilian government is discussing with African countries about digital TV. Since May, African countries (Angola, Botswana, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zimbabwe) are performing tests with the ISDB-T system.
The success in the digital TV implementation depends on set top box availability, with low prices. This is one reason to adopt a unique digital TV standard for Brazil.
ARIB specifications ISDB-T: www.dibeg.org/aribstd/ARIBSTD.htm