ABS-CBN, TV5 plan US$26.9MN digital TV investment

DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 12 May 2015

Philippines' networks ABS-CBN and TV5 are to spend a combined figure of P1.2 billion (US$26.88 million) to upgrade to digital terrestrial television (DTT) from analogue broadcasting.

TV5 will spend around P700 million ($15.68 million) in the next five years in upgrading and rolling out its DTT service, with P300 million ($6.72) to be spent this year to cover the National Capital Region, according to the Manila Times.

Meanwhile, ABS-CBN will spend P500 million ($1.2 million) for its DTT rollout to Cebu, Davao, Cagayan, Bacolod, and Iloilo, the newspaper reports.

All Philippines' broadcasters are to adopt the Japanese Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial (ISDB-T) standard for DTT, in line with requirements set out by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).

The switch from analogue to digital television transmission should take place at the "earliest practicable time", said the NTC.

According to the regulations, operators are required to simulcast their DTT service together with the analogue TV service for one year after being granted authority to provide the digital service.