DVB still fighting for Argentina

Chris Forrester

Last week the European Union’s commissioner for International Relationships, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, met with the Argentina President, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and the finance minister, Jorge Taiana, in a last-ditch attempt to get Argentina to select Europe’s DVB television standard.

Madam Ferrero-Waldner pointed out the advantages the adoption of the European standard would offer digital television in Argentina. The Argentine finance minister said the European delegation had reaffirmed the EU’s interest in Argentina adopting the DVB standard and highlighted the European Investment Bank's willingness to enable Argentine investments.

Mr Taiana said that during the meeting they talked about European investments and Europe’s interest in digital TV.

"I hope to reach an agreement with Argentina. And, in fact, we will soon have it based on a reinforced political dialogue which will enable us to see each other more often and work on several issues. We have a huge potential," Ferrero-Waldner stated. However, the Argentine President had already hinted at a strong preference for the Japanese/Brazilian television standard and has signed an agreement with the Brazilian leader, Luis Inácio Lula Da Silva.