Digital TV for Costa Rica in 2017

With the approval of the "Act of Implementation of Digital Television”, the government will announce by the end of the year the transition of technologies.

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Minister of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications, Teofilo de la Torre said that in 2017 the transition of technologies would take place and with this the end of analog television.

The act approved "offers recommendations for management and use of the radio spectrum and guidelines which seek to promote the creation of national and interactive contents (one of the possibilities offered by digital signal). It provides a basic outline of a solidarity plan (subsidies to purchase TVs or decoders) to facilitate technology transition for all households and institutions in the country," the article at informed.

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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.

Problems in Transition to Digital TV

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Costa Rica has initiated meetings to address the change to digital television looking to the Spanish company Ingenia-Telecom as neutral mediator between the government and operators.

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Costa Rica Reviewing Digital TV Standards

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Representatives from the different Digital TV standards are in the country, explaining the benefits of their technologies.

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Panama Debuts Open Signal TV in Digital

December 2009

The State Service of Radio and Television (SERTV) offers viewers a digital format with open signal.

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