The first DTT STB is launched in the Colombian market
The company TéDI -Energy & Electronics presented its first DTT STB available in the Colombian market, which is already being commercialized at USD 88 in supermarkets and retail stores located in Medellín and Bogotá. The device "was tested by the National Television Commission (NTVC) and by RTVC, which supported its quality ", stated the General Manager of the company, Santiago Espinal.
The executive pointed out that some companies from South Korea participated in STB development and research works. Among its functions, the device enables programming pause and recording. In Colombian, private channels RCN and Caracol have already started to broadcast its DTT channels and, at present, cover the 25% of the national territory. According to Espinal, "public channels are expected to start broadcasting under the new format ".
Although the Colombian Government announced the possibility of subsiding STBs for lower income sectors, but so far, "no official announcement regarding the issue has been made yet ", pointed out Espinal through statements disclosed by the newspaper El Mundo. For DTT deployment, Colombia chose the European standard DVB in 2008. It is the only South American country in choosing that standard since the remaining countries have turned to ISDB-T.