In the concession model proposed by the government, one operator can be the virtual operator of a logical channel, management-multiplex concessionaire and / or network administrator at the same time.
The Vice Ministry of Telecommunications has presented its proposal for a reference model for the transition to digital television, in which it details the concession model and partnership opportunities between concessionaires, details of the use of the radio spectrum, aspects related to digital solidarity, deployment of DTT and the expected results of this technological change under the ISDB-Tb standard.
A study by the Superintendency of Competition highlights concentration in the market for broadcast TV and suggests accelerating the transition to digital in order to incorporate new operators.
The full report has not yet been released by the Superintendency of Competition (SC), but it has been revealed that the main point is the strong concentration in the market, which could be reduced if it faster progress is made in moving towards a scheme of digital television, allowing the entry of more operators. One alternative is to reserve part of the spectrum for the entry of future operators.
It is expected that by 2018 the transition to digital TV will be complete, but the Salvadoran government has not yet established when or how it will be done.
The transition process is currently suspended because the Supreme Court has not resolved a law suit on unconstitutionality, because of this the General Superintendency of Electricity and Telecommunications (Siget) and the Salvadoran government have still not defined which system they will choose and how it will be implemented.
Small television broadcasters in Costa Rica are planning to join forces and obtain international financing to acquire the necessary funds to adapt to digital technologies.
Companies operating regional television channels in the country, which have more limited budgets and reduced ability to access financing, are contacting their peers in order to join forces and improve conditions for international loans and buy the equipment to make the transition from analog to digital signals.
Cable & Wireless Panama SA has been authorized to provide a satellite television service called "Direct to Home".
From a statement issued by the National Authority of Public Services:
"... AUTHORIZE the concessionaire CABLE & WIRELESS PANAMA, SA to provide a Pay Television Service Type B (No.904), via satellite called "Direct to Home" (DTH), throughout the territory of the Republic of Panama .
The Government of Panama has earmarked $12 million for the purchase of set-top boxes for digital television.
"We will continue to purchase all of the boxes that are needed, we will give them to every Panamanian who has analog television so that they can receive digital signals" confirmed President Ricardo Martinelli.
The National Telecommunications Commission has awarded another 5 regional digital television channels completing the concessionary awards of 18 frequencies and raising a total of $5 million.
Channel 47 in zone 1 and with coverage in Francisco Morazán, was acquired by Publicaciones y Noticias S.A. (Publynsa) who offered $294,000. The auction for channel 46 was declared invalid and for 49 there were no bidders. These two also had coverage of Francisco Morazán and the price tag was $294,000.
Starting from very low levels, pay TV is growing in Central America, with 4.4 million subscribers foreseen by 2018.
"... In just four years between 2008 and 2012, all of the six Central American countries saw increases in the average subscription rates of pay TV from between 21.4% to 31.3% of households with televisions. Measured in nominal terms, it amounted to a net addition of nearly 1.15 million new subscribers during the period, going from 1.5 million customers at the end of 2008 to over 2.6 million by the end of 2012 .... this upward trend will continue in the medium term. Towards 2018, it is expected that over 40% of households with televisions in the region (4.4 million) will subscribe to a pay TV service, which still generates significant room for future growth. "
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