The Argentine Free-to-air DTH service will include 16 channels

The President of Argentine Radio and Television, Tristán Bauer, confirmed that the public free-to-air DTH system, which in 2012 will complement ISDB-T coverage in such country, will offer 16 TV channels, some of them public and others private, generalist, national movies, children, sport, science and educating.

"From the technical to the ideological conception, the system is open to a limited channel package", the officer told newspaper Página 12. The model will be made up by "a generalist channel (Channel 7, TV Pública) and other experimental channels of specific thematic". At present, the system contemplates Channel 7, Encuentro and Radio Nacional. Within the next months, "the children channel Paka Paka, which is the most advanced one, a science channel and a national movie channel will be added". Likewise, a sport channel integrally produced by Channel 7 will be developed.

Since the official project was released, Pay-TV market representatives have expressed their worries regarding such initiative. "The Government will compete with cable TV from the State", stated several times the President of the Argentine Association of cable TV, Walter Burzaco. Bauer recognized that satellite TV is currently seen as "a threat", but pointed out that "both systems will coexist. The public will have a great content and technical quality, and the Pay system will offer more services and options that those offered today".