Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Analog TV out, Digital TV Standard in the Philippines Still To Be Determined

The recent switching off of all analog TV signals in the US caught some people off-guard still using analog TVs and antennas.

Not that they can't use their old analog TVs anymore but they need to buy a gadget called "set top box," some sort of analog to digital tv converter (prize subsidized byt the government).

In the Philippines, there's still the tug-of-war between two digital tv standards: Japanese ISDB-T (integrated services digital broadcasting-terrestrial) and the European standard DVB-T (digital video broadcasting-terrestrial). Both ISDB-T and DVB-T standards allow high definition video delivered in widescreen format and various interactive services including video on-demand video.

I'm holding off the purchase of a new TV, particularly an LCD TV for now and now adopting a wait-and-see attitude on this

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