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The TDT breaks through in all Latin America
The United States and Europe prehorseradish tree that the analogical blackout happens in not more than four years (in Spain finalize the 3 of April of 2010), but some Latin American countries do not seem to be in a as much hurry

Colombia has added the reduced group of Latin American countries that already have solved which will be its system of terrestrial digital television and with his election it placed to European system DVB in head within the region.

Until now only Brazil, Mexico and Uruguay had made their bet facing which it will be the next great revolution of audio-visual means: Brazil adopted Japanese norm ISDB, Mexico American ATSC and Uruguay the European, since now Colombia has done.

The three systems fight to distribute the market Latin American, of more than 400 million people. Only in Colombia, the experts calculate that the business will move of entrance about 150 million dollars.

The National Commission of Television of Colombia glides that within two years 25% of the Colombian viewers are connected to the digital system, and that in 10 years has become the integral change to the digital TV.

Uruguay, on the other hand, has sent to east year a service of digital television for movable telephones, that, although still are a pilot project turn, it into Latin American pioneer in the matter.

In Mexico, according to the page Web of the Secretariat of Communications and Transport, already a transition calendar settled down “so that the different stations from the country initiate and consolidate digital transmissions”, in order that in the 2021 he is present in all the television stations.

Parón in Argentina

Argentina, the other Latin American country that has tried to advance in the subject, adopted during the Government of Carlos Menem in 1998 the American norm, but a nongovernmental organization, the Council of Digital TV, requested to annular justice that decision.

Néstor Kirchner reopened the game when he was president (2003-2007) and it listened to the proposals of the European missions, American and Japanese in favor of each of its respective norms, but it let the power in December last without have made a decision.

In Peru, the Multi-sector Commission created in 2007 to recommend to the Ministry of Transport and Communications the standard of terrestrial digital television has predicted to give its closing report in next September, after to be delayed its presentation in past March.

In Chile, it was predicted that the announcement in last March became, but for explained reasons was not delayed indefinitely. In charge of this subject it is the undersecretary's office of telecommunications, where total hermetism exists. Of all ways, the decision on the norm that will be chosen is exclusive competition of the president Michele Bachelet.

Uncertainty in Venezuela

The Government of Bolivia will make his decision at the end of this year, indicated to Efe his vice-minister of Telecommunications, Roque Roy Méndez, in January.

In Ecuador, the Government not yet is decided by one of the three platforms and noticed the citizens who are not advisable to buy digital TV sets, because they could not serve for the norm that finally is chosen.

The Venezuelan Government discarded the American system and carried out pilot tests in last August and September with the systems European and Japanese. Its objective is to implant the digital TV in a maximum term of 10 years.

(Efe, 29/08/08)

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