Venezuelan DTT network hits half a million homes
Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
| 20 November 2014
Venezuela's DTT network Television Digital Abierta is now available to over half a million homes, while over 700,000 users are also receiving the channels on their smartphones.

The digital TV deployment, which follows the country's plan of set-top boxes delivery to the public, is gradually increasing the network's coverage, although most DTT receivers are still in the country's most populated areas.

"We are talking about between two and three million people who are watching DTT," said Manuel Fernández, the country's Ministry for Education, Science and Communication.

According to Fernández, next year will see the third phase of DTT deployment which aims to extend coverage to 18 more cities and 60% of Venezuelans. But today, the digital system is far from complete, even though the ministry had said the whole country would be covered by the end of this year.

Ever since Venezuela started deploying its DTT system, the public networks have seen growth with the diversification of the free-to-air (FTA) TV schedule. TVZoon, targeting a younger audience, launched in February, and TV Comunas and TVFANB, showing daily life in the Venezuelan army, were joined in August by Pdvsa TV, a network focused on the oil business.