Uruguay adopts Japanese/Brazilian terrestrial digital broadcasting standard
December 28th, 2010 - 9:37 UTC
by Andy Sennitt.

Uruguay will adopt a Japanese and Brazilian digital TV standard known as ISDB-T, instead of European rival DVB-T, Foreign Minister Luis Almagro announced yesterday. Uruguay will joins most of Latin America in signing on to the ISDB-T format, a variant of a Japanese system ISDB that was developed by the Brazilian government. The abbreviation stands for Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial.

Uruguay said it wanted to be in step with its partners in Mercosur - a South American trade bloc also including Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. Previously Montevideo had planned to adopt a European-based consortium’s DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcasting-Terrestrial) when it makes the changeover to digital from analogue in 2014.