Venezuela launches digital in-the-clear TV

The Venezuelan Government has launched the country's first digital in-the-clear TV channel which will offer free access to 58.3% of the population.
The system, known as TDA, also allows viewers to watch television on mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and computers, and enables interactivity. In the future a channel for regional and community media will join the TDA.
According to Sandra Parra, the project's coordinator at the National Centre of Information Technologies (CNTI), the TDA's objective is to move towards the democratisation of telecommunications in the country. To this end the project's first phase will be made available to the Venezuelan public channels, regional television and private channels.
The implementation of this system is part of an agreement signed in 2004 by the former Argentinean president Nésto Kirchner and Hugo Chávez, president of Venezuela. The agreement provided for the minimum purchase of 300,000 set-top boxes by the Venezuelan Government in order to adapt the remaining analogue TVs to digital.