Argentina confirms ISDB TV standard

Chris Forrester

As previously reported by Rapid TV News, Argentina has confirmed it will be adopting the Japanese-Brazilian ISDB hybrid television standard. With Brazil already using the ISDB standard, this means that South America’s two major economies have turned their backs on Europe’s rival DVB system.

Much of the rest of the region’s larger economies are now expected to follow suit. Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez signed the agreement to adopt the standard on Friday in the southern Argentine city of Bariloche.

Brazil has lobbied heavily in South America for the Japanese standard, saying a regional alignment would facilitate production of the equipment to receive digital TV signals. Brazil and Japan also argued the ISDB standard was the best for sending transmissions to mobile telephones and to produce interactive television programs.