El Salvador Begins Transition to Digital TV

In El Salvador, the state-owned Canal 10 began broadcasting the open digital signal, and in the next three years it should be implemented by private television stations.

Friday, December 21, 2018

The General Superintendence of Electricity and Telecommunications (Siget) reported that the change from analog and satellite transmissions to a digital signal is progressing successfully, as several private providers have conducted successful transmission tests.

Carlos Valle, head of the Digital Television project and Siget technician, explained to Elmundo.sv that "... the digital transmission will allow to implement big changes, besides the quality in the signal, images in high definition and enveloping audio. With the development of digital television, broadcasters may have several channels for the transmission of simultaneous content."

The article reviews that "... in this first phase of digital ignition, the country has only one transmitter located on the volcano of San Salvador. This will cover 60% of the national territory, because of distance and some geographical features. The coverage includes municipalities in the central, western and eastern areas of the country, with the exception of the departments of San Miguel, Morazán and La Unión, as well as some points in Ahuachapán. However, early next year is expected to cover the rest of the country."

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